West Ham is enjoying a sensational season. They sit fifth in the table with a game in hand on every team above them. They are a legitimate contender for the Champions League heading into the final stretch of the season. Three points here could be crucial to their top four chances.
Arsenal looks to have a tepid finish to their campaign. They’re 10 points off the Champions League. The Europa League is still in reach, but their focus will be on their current Europa League campaign. Winning that competition is their best road to a good season. As a result, their league campaign may be deprioritized.
David Moyes’s side has been strong in spite of their injury issues. They remain without the services of Angelo Ogbonna, Andriy Yarmolenko, Arthur Masuaku, Darren Randolph, Pablo Fornals and Ryan Fredericks through a number of injuries, according to PremierInjuries.com.
Arsenal doesn’t have a lot of injuries, but they are dealing with injuries to some key players. Their best player, Bukayo Saka, is a doubt with a thigh injury. Willian is also a doubt with a calf injury, according to PremierInjuries.com.
West Ham United: Jesse Lingard
Lingard has started like a house on fire. He has four goals and an assist in his first six matches, nearly as many goal contributions as he had in his last two seasons combined. Lingard gives the Hammers a dynamic element they have lacked at times this season. His ability to contribute with goals and assists along with his constant pressing is key to West Ham’s success.
Arsenal: Martin Ødegaard
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal lacked creativity for the entire first half of the season. The emergence of Emile Smith-Rowe helped alleviate that issue and Arsenal is hoping Ødegaard proves to be the solution. He scored his first league goal in the North London derby last weekend and he will be looking to build on that going forward.
West Ham is clear of Arsenal in the table, but this should be a close match. Arsenal is a much better team than they were in the first half of the season. That said, the Hammers are a strong side and have a good chance to win this match.
Prediction: 2-1 West Ham United