✅ Value Prediction by BetBettie: Arsenal to win
Just as in 2022, London rivals Arsenal and West Ham United are set to clash at the Emirates Stadium for their first post-Christmas Premier League match on Thursday.
The Gunners led the table on Christmas day after drawing 1-1 with Liverpool, while West Ham secured a 2-0 victory over an off-color Manchester United.
The ‘winter champions’ title was up for grabs when The Gunners and Liverpool faced off at Anfield, knowing the winner would claim that honor. The Gunners took an early lead through Gabriel Magalhaes’ fourth-minute header, but Mohamed Salah equalized for Liverpool 25 minutes later.
Despite securing a point that kept them ahead of Liverpool, The Gunners fans curbed their Christmas celebrations, mindful of their historical trend of not winning the league after leading on December 25.
🔴 𝗠𝗔𝗧𝗖𝗛𝘿𝘼𝙔 ⚪️— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 28, 2023
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Liverpool later displaced The Gunners from the top spot, and Arsenal’s recent track record of just one win in four matches might seem underwhelming. However, their stronghold remains at home, especially evident in their five consecutive Premier League wins at the Emirates Stadium.
On the flip side, West Ham had success against The Gunners in the EFL Cup this season, and their form has been promising, notably marked by a win over Manchester United.
West Ham’s recent win over Manchester United secured them a sixth-place standing, although a defeat to Fulham and a setback against Liverpool saw them slip to seventh. Their resilience has shone through, winning five out of seven recent games.
Despite Arsenal’s loss to West Ham in the EFL Cup, they reversed that scoreline on Boxing Day. While injuries aren’t a concern for The Gunners ahead of the upcoming game, Kai Havertz’s suspension presents a midfield challenge for Arteta.
West Ham might see the return of Aguerd but continues to grapple with injuries, with Michail Antonio’s comeback still a couple of weeks away.
Expected Lineups: The Gunners: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Jorginho, Rice; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.
West Ham United: Areola; Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Emerson; Soucek, Alvarez; Kudus, Ward-Prowse, Paqueta; Bowen
Prediction: The Gunners 3-1 West Ham United. The Gunners faced disappointment in the EFL Cup against West Ham, but in the Premier League at home, they’re a different force. While West Ham will pose challenges, their defensive vulnerabilities on the road could cost them against an assertive The Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.
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