In their attempt to leave the relegation zone, West Ham makes its second consecutive English Premier League 2017/2018 title on Wednesday, December 13. For the seventeenth round will host Arsenal at the Olympic stadium in London. The start of the duel is scheduled for 18h (Brasília time).
West Ham’s recent performance
West Ham was successful in the first London classic. He beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday, December 9. This put an end to the series of six games without a win (two draws and four losses).
He could not, however, leave the sticking region. With 13 points (three wins, four draws and nine losses), it occupies the eighteenth place. At least he reached West Bromwich, who is seventeen and the first out of the relegation zone, in scoring. Loses only the tiebreaker criteria.
Your defensive system is primarily responsible for the situation. With 32 goals conceded, West Ham has the most leaked Premier League defense this season. With 14 goals, the attack, fifth worst of the tournament, has not been able to compensate for this deficiency.
The victory in the London classic was the first under the direction of David Moyes, hired to replace coach Slaven Bilic. It is very likely he will repeat the lineup for the new meeting between London teams.
To set the team, however, it still depends on a word from the medical department regarding defenders James Collins (three games in the 2017/2018 English Championship without a goal) and José Fontes (eight games without a goal); and Samuel Byram (without performances) and Cheikhou Kouyate (13 matches, two goals), who are recovering from injury.
The current form of Arsenal
Arsenal narrowly missed a sixteenth-round defeat. A goal by Oliver Giroud (13 games in the 2017/2018 Premier League season, four goals), once again started in reserve and entered the vacancy of Alexandre Lacazette (16 games, eight goals), at 43 minutes of the second half decreed the 1-1 draw against Southampton at St. Mary’s.
It was enough to keep the team in fifth place in the English Championship with 29 points (nine wins, two draws and five losses). The position would give the team the right to play the next edition of the Europa League.
This, of course, is not the goal of Arsenal, who after playing for almost two decades the Champions League in a row, had to play this kind of continental second division in the current season. He showed his disdain for the competition by scoring reserve teams in the six group stage matches. Still he got the place for the second phase. It will face the first kills in February, the Ostersunds, Sweden.
As the English title is practically out of the question, the goal is to find a place in the Champions League. In this case, the closest rival is Liverpool, who closes the block of classified with a point more than Arsenal.
To try to climb up the leaderboard, Arséne Wenger has practically all the cast at his disposal. In the medical department follows only defender Shkodran Mustafi (nine games, one goal). He suffered a muscle injury that took him from the last two matches and has no scheduled date to return.
History of the bouts between West Ham and Arsenal
The Gunners won both games against West Ham last season in the Premier League, both by thrashing. At the rival’s home, 5-1. At Emirates Stadium 3-0.
Despite the win against Chelsea, West Ham failed to do well. He was dominated most of the time and obtained the victory more for lack of aim of the rival attack than for its merits. Arsenal also has not been able to delight, but clearly is technically superior. In this way, it becomes the best option for a guess with a price of 1.60 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 4.00 and success of West Ham yields 5.50 per invested real.