It’s a London derby in the Premier League as title-chasing Arsenal travel to the Olympic Stadium to face relegation-threatened West Ham United on Saturday evening.
The home side are struggling for wins in recent weeks and will have a tough time against an Arsenal outfit one of the best away from home. Both sides have suffered midweek defeats in the EFL Cup, however, which could make for a nervy affair in the early stages,
However, with Arsenal boasting a one-sided record in the recent head-to-head, they’re expected to edge to victory against West Ham to potentially go second in the table.
In the EFL Cup, West Ham lost to Manchester United while Arsenal lost to Southampton, but United have now gone five games in all competitions without victory.
The hosts West Ham United are enduring a poor start to the season, currently sitting 16th in the Premier League with 12 points from 13 games.
The Hammers have gone four without a win in the division ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Gunners. However, they have improved on home soil to give Arsenal something to worry about – picking up five points from their last three games at the Olympic Stadium.
They have, however, won just once in their own backyard in the league since September, and have long struggled against Arsenal even when having home advantage.
United’s biggest problem this season has been with their defence. Slaven Bilic’s side have conceded seven goals in their last four games, and haven’t beaten Arsenal at home for a decade.
United picked up four points from their two meetings against Arsenal in the Premier League last season, but have picked up just two points at home in league head-to-heads with the Gunners in their previous eight.
A win for the Hammers, while unlikely, would see them go four points clear of the relegation zone on the weekend, while defeat could see United risk being pulled into the bottom three.
With opponents Arsenal boasting four wins from their last five away games in the Premier League, West Ham will be fearful of suffering their eighth defeat in 14. Arsenal are fourth in the Premier League table with 28 points from 13 games, coming off the back of three wins and three draws from their last six.
In all competitions, Arsene Wenger’s men have won six and drawn four of their previous 10, picking up points against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks.
The contrasting styles of West Ham and Arsenal could be the deciding factor in the outcome of the game, with United a side with more substance than style, while the Gunners have been the opposite.
West Ham have won three games from 13 in the Premier League this season, but have only beaten sides in the bottom half of the division. Against teams in the top-six, Bilic’s men have picked up just one point from the four games, conceding nine goals.
Arsenal have won five and drawn two of seven matches against bottom-half teams in the Premier League this season, and have a long-lasting one-sided head-to-head record with West Ham which should see them getting a result at the Olympic Stadium.