Premier League:West Ham vs. Arsenal

In Barclays Premiership League, Football on October 21, 2009 at 10:36

By Joe,

Arsenal beat West Ham at Upton Park 2-0 last time they met.

Arsenal beat West Ham at Upton Park 2-0 last time they met.

The London derby between West Ham and Arsenal will take place at Upton Park on Sunday afternoon. West Ham does not usually fare well in the local derbies and this might just be up the alley for Arsenal to get their precise three points in the chase of the Premiership title. West Ham are struggling at the bottom of the table and they really need the points to lift themselves up away from the relegation zone.

The East London team are currently 19th in the Premier League and their home form has been the reason why they are at the bottom. They have yet to win at Upton Park and the Hammers have already incurred two defeats and one draw this season at home. Manager Gianfranco Zola might be up for the chop if he doesn’t get his team winning again. Matthew Upson will be ready for the match against Arsenal as he appeared to be punch last Saturday against Stoke by Robert Huth.

Arsenal is currently fourth in the league and looks to claim a spot in the last 16 in the Champions League. Manager Arsene Wenger does his job quietly and definitely better when not under pressure and this show in their results. The Gunners are looking to close the gap between them, Manchester United and Chelsea. They drew 1-1 in Holland in the midweek against AZ Alkmaar. Arsenal will be without their winger Theo Walcott as he is out for four weeks with a damage knee ligament. Nicklas Bendtner and Eduardo are ruled doubtful traveling to Upton Park while Samir Nasri and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski are continuing their fitness with the reserves. Wenger will be happy to see Tomas Rosicky and Gael Clichy returning to his starting lineup.

The statistic shows that Arsenal are likely to win at Upton Park as they have done this in the past two seasons. The last time West Ham won against Arsenal at home was back in 2006 and with current situation; West Ham looks likely to salvage a point than taking all three. A close match with lots of drama but the score line will be kept to a minimum of one or two goals, so check out Betsson as they are offering Arsenal to win at 1.53.

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