England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 21 March 2021
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Olympic Stadium (London)
West Ham United hosts Arsenal even as they fix their sight on a top four finish this season. This London derby speaks of a reverse position as Arsenal is the team that normally occupies the European position while West Ham is busy chasing that position. The hosts currently sit fifth in the table, while Mikel Arteta’s men sit in mid-table in 10th position.
Moyes’s team welcome Arsenal to a stadium where they have lost just one of their last nine in all competitions – winning six of their last seven and their last three on the bounce – and having already beaten one North London giant in Tottenham Hotspur on home soil this season, there is no reason why West Ham cannot repeat such a feat this time.
The late Glenn Roeder was the last manager to guide West Ham to four consecutive home victories in the league back in 2002, so Moyes would dearly love to follow in the footsteps of the former Hammers boss, but as evidenced by their derby performances this term, Arteta’s Arsenal are no pushovers.
Arsenal and Tottenham both suffered disappointing Europa League second-leg defeats on Thursday evening to Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb respectively. However, while Spurs’ 3-0 defeat saw them crash out of the tournament, Arsenal managed to book their spot in the quarter-finals despite a 1-0 loss on the night.
In a turn of events that many Gunners were dreading, Emirates villain Youssef El Arabi once again made the net ripple in North London – although he was helped by a significant deflection – and while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in particular endured a dreadful evening in front of goal, Arsenal’s dominant first-leg victory helped them progress 3-2 on aggregate.
This weekend’s visitors have triumphed in four of their last six games in all competitions and enjoyed a confidence-boosting 2-1 derby win over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, and having amassed 13 points from London derbies already this season, the Gunners boast the highest points tally from fixtures between capital sides in the 2020-21 campaign.
Arsenal are also unbeaten in four away from home across all competitions, but only one of their last four Premier League matches on unfamiliar territory has ended in victory, and anything other than three points this weekend would all but extinguish any already-slim hopes of a top-four charge in the final weeks of the season.
However, the Gunners did overcome West Ham 2-1 back in September and have lost just three of their last 24 top-flight matches against their London rivals, who did beat Arsenal at home as recently as January 2019.
- West Ham’s form in last 5 matches: LWLWW.
- Arsenal’s form in last 5 matches: WWDWW.
PREDICTION: Home/Draw and Under 4.5