Preview - West Ham United vs Arsenal 12 January 19

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Match Day 22
West Ham United vs. Arsenal
Saturday, January 12th 2019
20:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: London Stadium

West Ham United: 
Last five matches form: W L W L D
Average goals per match: 1.38
Average goals against per match: 1.52
Top Scorer: Felipe Anderson ( 8 )

Last five matches form: L W D L W
Average goals per match: 1.48
Average goals against per match: 0.71
Top Scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (14)

The Match Day 22 action in the Premier League kicks off with a London Derby as West Ham United welcome Arsenal to the London Stadium.

West Ham will be bidding to avenge a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal at the Emirates earlier this season, and did manage to hold the Gunners to a goalless draw in this game last season.

West Ham have had at least a half a team's worth of injuries just about all season and this game looks to be no different. Fabián Balbuena, Jack Wilshere, Ryan Fredericks, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sánchez, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid are all out for this one. Arsenal must make do without Henrikh Mkhiaryan, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck.

West Ham lie tenth headed into this game, which does represent an improvement on last season, and at least shows all that money spent has had the desired effect to some degree. Their home form has been a little hit and miss though with just four wins from their eleven games to date. Having failed to beat both Watford and Brighton in their two most recent home games, they will likely need to improve if they are to get anything here.

Having won four of their first six on the road, Arsenal are now winless in four away from the Emirates. Impressively though they have scored in every away Premier League game this season and scored two or more in eight of those ten fixtures. On the other side of the coin they are yet to keep a clean sheet on the road.

West Ham will surely be bang up for this derby game and won't go down without a fight. Arsenal do still look a notch above the Hammers though and we expect them to win this one.

Prediction: West Ham United 1 - 2 Arsenal


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  10 - 10
Shots on target: 3 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 3
Possession: 43% - 57%

Two bookings in this one, both for the away side with referee Jonathan Moss taking the names of Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac.

An evenly contested game at the London Stadium and a big result for the Hammers as Arsenal failed to score in an away fixture for the first time this season. The Gunners did edge the possession stats, but managing only two shots on target, they were just edged out in the end.

Arsenal had the first big chance of the game in the 13th minute when Alexandre Lacazette burst into the right-hand side of the area, only to fire his effort straight at Lukasz Fabianski before hitting the rebound over the bar.

Felipe Anderson went close for West Ham on the half hour mark when teed up by Samir Nasri just outside the area and fizzing a low effort narrowly wide. 0-0 at the break.

Three minutes into the second half West Ham struck what turned out to be the winner. A cross from the right hand side being headed clear, bit not making it beyond Nasri in the right hand side of the eighteen yard box. Nasri teeing up Declan Rice to supply an excellent finish into the top right corner from around 12 yards. First ever West Ham goal for the talented youngster.

Arsenal did push for an equaliser in the remainder of the game and did have their chances.  Pierre_Emerick Aubameyang firing over and Alex Iwobi shooting wide when well placed in the area.

Arsenal are losing ground on the top four now, currently sitting in fifth but six points adrift of Chelsea. West Ham move up to ninth with this victory.

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