Arsenal have made a pathetic start in the 2018-19 season, having lost both their matches so far. But their schedule hasn’t been the easiest one. They will now look for their first points of the season, when they will play host to West Ham next Saturday. West Ham have also started the season with a couple of losses. This is going to be a really tough London Derby for both teams.
Date/Time: 8-25-2018, 10:00 EDT
Spread: Arsenal -1.25
Total: 3 Goals
Arsenal (0-2-0) have had probably the most difficult schedule than any other team in the start of the season. After falling badly to Manchester City by 2-0 at home in the opener, Arsenal recorded yet another loss. This time they were up against Chelsea on the road, and despite their efforts they left empty-handed. Their opponents took an early two-goal lead by the 20th minute, but Arsenal had pulled even by the end of the first half with goals by Mkhitaryan and Iwobi. The match looked like a draw, as the second half was really all about Chelsea. They eventually scored a late goal to force Arsenal to their second loss in just as many matches. But Arsenal have a favorable schedule till October, so they should be fine.
On the other hand, West Ham (0-2-0) suffered a devastating 0-4 loss on the road against Liverpool in the opener. It’s not the loss that hurt so much, but the fact that they failed to score a single goal, while conceding four. They were looking for a much better performance in their home match against Bournemouth on Saturday. And they did actually take the lead at the 33rd minute with Arnautovic. However, they were not very careful in the second half and conceded twice in a six-minute span to eventually lose by 2-1. They know that the away match against Arsenal will require a ton of effort in order to be a success.
Arsenal destroyed West Ham by a massive 1-4 at home last season, after a goal-less draw on the road. They also defeated West Ham by 0-1 at home in the Carabao Cup. Arsenal have dominated this match-up in recent years, having lost just once since 2007 (16-1-4).
Arsenal have also been awesome as hosts against West Ham over the years (14-3-1). Now, both teams are struggling at the start of the new season, and this is going to be a fight to the death. The two teams have shown great defensive issues so far, so there is a very good chance we will see at least 3 goals on this one.
Premier League Arsenal vs West Ham Prediction: Over 3 Goals (-111)
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