Arsenal managed to return to winning ways at the weekend with a 1-0 victory at home to Newcastle, with that following on from back to back draws away to Southampton and Tuesday’s opponents West Ham. They will be feeling more confident back at The Emirates against The Hammers though, and not without good reason.
The Gunners may have struggled at times this season, and they are actually struggling to hold on to any position inside the top four. However, that has almost exclusively been due to their away form, because at The Emirates they have been excellent for the most part.
They did lose 3-1 against Manchester United recently, but that is their only competitive home defeat of the season, with them winning 11 of their 14 home games overall in all competitions. However, they do have a crucial home match against Liverpool coming up on Friday evening, and with Arsene Wenger’s history of rotation in the League Cup, a full strength side on Tuesday would be a real surprise.
Against Norwich in the last round Arsenal did field a fairly strong side including Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud, but at the back they did opt to rest a few of the key faces. Instead of the likes of Naco Monreal and Laurent Koscielny they opted for a back three of Mathieu Debuchy, Mohmaed Elneny, and Rob Holding in front of 23 year old goalkeeper Matt Macey. If another back line like that is confirmed then their previous excellent defensive record at home is unlikely to be of any relevance.
West Ham, on the other hand, will want to field a full strength side as David Moyes looks to continue their resurgence. A heavy defeat would do a lot of damage to their confidence at this vital point in the season so he won’t be taking any chances with a heavily rotated side.
Add to that the fact they have now scored in three of their last four games and we can see them getting on the score sheet against Arsenal. Given the recent success The Hammers have enjoyed against top tier opposition, we can even see them taking the game past 90 minutes, so we’re backing Both Teams to Score alongside a 1-1 correct score predictions.
ARSENAL VS WEST HAM STATS
- West Ham have scored in 60% of their last five trips to The Emirates Stadium.
- West Ham have scored in 57% of their matches since David Moyes took over, including 75% of their last four.
- The Hammers have also found the net in 71% of their last seven away matches in all competitions.