Arsenal vs West Ham Betting Odds, EPL Match Preview & Prediction

October 28, 2010 | In: Articles

A nice London derby to get the football betting going on Saturday’s Premier League fixtures. While title rivals Manchester United have a tough match against Tottenham, Arsenal will be pretty relaxed about this one. The Gunners are going well at the moment, highlighted by their superb demolition of Manchester City last weekend at Eastlands. That put an end their critics, after they lost two in a row (against West Brom and then Chelsea) and has kept them in a strong position. It’s been a different story of the season for West Ham who are rooted to the bottom of the league with just win to their name so far. The Hammers did a good job of holding Arsenal to a draw last season at home, but at the Emirates, Arsenal won comfortably, and that has largely been the story between these two sides. Arsenal have a commanding 46% win percentage against West Ham when playing at home, with West Ham picking up just 26% of the wins. Goal counts are naturally in the Gunner’s favour here, having score a bout a third more goals than West Ham in their meetings at Arsenal. In the overall head to head record, no surprises that Arsenal dominate there as well against West Ham, and as if the Arsenal v West Ham betting needed any more of a fillip, then the head to head stats read 52 wins for Arsenal, 33 for West Ham and 38 drawn matches. This could be a real Halloween horror show for the Hammers, and betting is all about Arsenal here, who are strong favourites at the bookmakers. The outright Arsenal win doesn’t bring great results naturally, so it’s a good chance to look at an Asian Handicap. Arsenal -2 Asian Handicap is around the Evens line at Victor Chandler and that is a good place to start. A West Ham +1.75 is 47/40 at Bet365, if you think the Hammers can hang on and not get overran. This should be an easy three points for the Gunners, so browse on below for some of the best Arsenal v West Ham betting odds available.
Arsenal v West Ham Betting Odds

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Arsenal v West Ham Premier League Betting Statistics

Last 5 Head to Head
Arsenal 2, West Ham 0
West Ham 2, Arsenal 2
Arsenal 0, West Ham 0
West Ham 0, Arsenal 2
Arsenal 2, West Ham 0

Arsenal have a 75% win percentage at home in the league this season
West Ham have a 0% win percentage away from home in the league this season

Arsenal have scored 14 goals, and conceded 5 at home
West Ham have scored 2 and conceded 8 goals in their away matches

Arsenal have scored the bulk of their goals in the 76-90 minute bracket
West Ham have scored the majority of their goals in the 76-90 minute bracket

Arsenal have opened the scoring in 55% of their matches
West Ham have scored first in 33% of their matches

Arsenal average 3.50 goals per match at home this season
West Ham average 0.50 goals per match away from home this season

Arsenal 2010/11 top scorer: Walcott, Nasri, 4
West Ham 2010/11 top scorer: Piquionne, Parker, Noble, 2

Arsenal injuries/suspensions: Almunia, Vermaelen, Van Persie, Frimpong, Ramsey
West Ham injuries/suspensions: Upson, Hitzlsperger, Edgar, Collison, Hines, Kurucz

Arsenal 2010/11 Season Form: P9 W5 D2 L2 GF21 GA10 Pts 19 (2nd)
West Ham 2010/11 Season Form: P9 W1 D3 L5 GF7 GA17 Pts 6 (20th)

Are the three points already on the board for the home side? This is pretty much top versus bottom, and it’ll be worth looking at a couple of prime betting indicators for this match, which have happened this season. Both Manchester United and Chelsea have put three goals past West Ham, and you would have to look at them conceding heavily against Arsenal. Arsenal are the second highest top goal scorers in the Premier League, West Ham are the joint lowest. Look at the stats above to see the difference in goal scoring averages for the home and away team, and it all just adds up to a big Arsenal win. They have been good this season, and that has largely been helped by Tomas Vermaelen in the back ground, which has given them some presence there, some stability to go forward. However, he’s struggling with injury, so Arsenal are not at their strongest, but against West Ham it shouldn’t play too big a part. For all their issues over goalkeeping, and not having a world class player between the sticks, Lukasz Fabianski is actually looking full of confidence since Almunia went down with injury. That was one of their biggest weakness, and if he lives up to potential, then Arsenal will only get stronger. In the midfield, much has been made of the impact that Jack Wilshere has been having, but Samir Nasri has really shown up this season and is becoming crucial to the Gunners. Just like Fabregas, he has incredible vision and technical ability, and that gives Arsenal a wealth of attacking midfield options. They are not at full strength yet, because they are missing Robin Van Persie, but Marouane Chamakh is proving to be a very good signing at the moment. The return to fitness of Nicklas Bendtner is also a huge boost. Then you finish off the list with names like Andrey Arshavin, Theo Walcott and Carlos Vela and you see goals galore. While United and Spurs will be taking points off each other in some fashion, this is a great opportunity for Arsenal to take a firmer grip on second place in the league. Talking up the players they have, Chamakh is 4/1 at Bet365 as First Goalscorer. Looking at a Correct Score bet Arsenal 2-0 for 6/1 at William Hill is decent, but could it be too conservative? Arsenal to win by 2 Goals is 3/1 at Bet365, while Arsenal to win by 3 goals or more is 11/8 at SkyBet. Plenty of goal scoring market options here to chose from. Your football betting for Arsenal v West Ham should be all about the winning margin for the Gunners.

This looks to be a bit of a thankless task for Avram Grant and the Hammers. They are prime relegation candidates at the moment, and look to be in a serious mire. They have been beating comfortably by both Manchester United and Chelsea this season, and going to the Emirates won’t instil much confidence in their fans about picking up points to help them get out of the relegation zone. What really can the Hammers expect to get out of this? Even a Draw/Draw halftime/fulltime bet is out at 10/1 at Totesport, simply because the visitors are expected to get hammered (pun intended). There is a decent West Ham +2.5 Asian Handicap for 23/20 at Victor Chandler, which means that you’ll win if the Hammers don’t lose by more than two goals. That looks a decent return as they haven’t really been torn apart by Arsenal in recent times, they have just struggled to pick up victories. You have to go back to 2000/01 to find a winning margin of three goals for Arsenal in the league against West Ham. That’s a great stat to look at for your football betting strategy on this one. There are clear problems for West Ham, in that they don’t have the ability up front to score heavily, and their defence really is not up to par. If Matthew Upson sits this one out as well through injury, then they are going to be in for a busy afternoon.

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