Premier League: City Squeeze Past West Ham

Manchester City 1-0 West Ham

A second-half penalty, coolly converted by Sergio Aguero, was enough for Manchester City to beat West Ham and keep the heat on Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.

It was a frustrating night for the Sky Blues until Aguero’s penalty, and while it was a harsh award, West Ham did well to keep the score down to one as City dominated from virtually the first whistle to the last.

Pep Guardiola apologised for the way he succeeded Manuel Pellegrini as City boss back in 2016, and the Hammers coach received a warm reception on his return.

The Sky Blues, just as they are now, were chasing a historic quadruple under Pellegrini, but the speculation surrounding Pep’s arrival seemed to derail them. And this was the Hammers boss’ first visit to the Etihad since. And his team came quite close to derailing Guardiola’s trophy charge.

Highlights of the game

It was one-way traffic from the first minute as Manchester City surged forward, and Kevin De Bruyne hit a searing drive from 25 yards which whistled just past Lukasz Fabianski’s post. And the Hammers keeper’s upright was rattled on five minutes when De Bruyne pulled the ball back for David Silva who crashed his shot against the post.

As City swarmed all over the Hammers, De Bruyne was involved again. He cut the ball back for Sergio Aguero, but his backheel was wide. The Hammers overcame relegation-threatened Fulham last week, thanks to a controversial handled goal by Javier Hernandez, but it took them 25 minutes to get into City’s penalty area when Vincent Kompany beat Andy Carroll to a cross from Michail Antonio.

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The Etihad crowd became a little subdued as their side failed to turn possession into goals, and tonight’s Premier League 2019 updates came through at half-time with the news that Liverpool had gone 2-0 up against Watford.

The Sky Blues began the second half as they did the first, but it was West Ham who came close to breaking the deadlock just after the break. Manuel Lanzini fired a low ball across the penalty area, and Carroll slid in at the far post but shot straight at Ederson.

Guardiola had seen enough and made a change, bringing Bernardo Silva on, and he had an immediate impact. He ran at the heart of the West Ham defence and felt a touch from Felipe Anderson’s outstretched leg which was enough to send him sprawling. Sergio Aguero stepped up and slotted the penalty home to give City a rather lucky lead. It was a harsh penalty, to say the least, but the Sky Blues were happy to take anything after an hour without a goal.

The game was almost out of sight a couple of minutes later, though, but Ryan Fredericks made a heroic goal-line clearance from David Silva and then Aguero. City began to look a little leggy, but De Bruyne continued to dominate the game and brought another save from Fabianski late in the game.

Bernardo Silva off the bench lifts Manchester City in Premier League match against West Ham United in Etihad Stadium

Bernardo Silva in action after coming off the bench for Manchester City

Key statistics

Few Manchester City vs West Ham predictions suggested this game would be goalless at the break, and Pellegrini must have been as delighted as Guardiola was frustrated. The Sky Blues had 78 per cent possession and 11 shots to nil. But only one shot was on target.

The final shot count in this 100th encounter between these two teams registered 20 to two, and City managed seven on target.

West Ham has been hovering around the middle of the table for much of the season and finished the evening in tenth.

Sergio Aguero was the man for the big moment again and he has been on the winning side in each of his last 24 league starts at the Etihad.

And Pep likes playing the Hammers; he has been on the winning side in all of his seven games against West Ham. But this was the first time in 16 Premier League games at the Etihad that City had failed to score two goals.

What’s next?

Pep takes his Sky Blues on a trip to the South coast next Saturday when they take on mid-table Bournemouth. The Cherries are always happier on their home turf and will be keen to recover from their latest drubbing on the road, having lost 5-1 to Arsenal this evening.

Manchester City have the first of their targets in the bank, having bagged the Carabao Cup last weekend. The league champions will be determined to stay in the hunt in the other three. Keep up with our us tips for the coming round of fixtures over the next couple of days.

The Hammers are at home to Newcastle this weekend, and the Magpies will arrive in good spirits having just defeated Burnley as they climb away from the danger zone.

 

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The Quadruple Dream Continues: Sky Blues Face Hammers for Their Premier League Hopes

Manchester City vs West Ham United

There’s no question that Manchester City are the best team in England at the moment, and one can definitely understand why some pundits are already ceding the Premier League as theirs.

They have one of the deepest teams in Europe, and Pep Guardiola cannot help but field outstanding squads every single time they play a football game. They have four slots lined up in their trophy cabinet, and the fans eagerly await the inclusion of the league, the FA Cup, and the Champions League to the collection.

Of course, West Ham United will be trying everything in their power to stop them. Given the way they have surprised the bookies this season, there is enough basis for the West Ham faithful to believe that the Hammers can pull off a magnificent upset.

The question that must be asked is this: can West Ham actually stop the Sky Blues from scoring goals? And do they have the ability to pull a fast one on their imposing defence?

Talking Points

A Giant-killing is possible with the Hammers

The Hammers have been in and out of the league’s top half, and the faithful fans that flock the London Stadium will tell you how close of a shave the past couple of years have been. They have flirted with relegation frequently over the past two seasons that it is understandable that many of them will approach this game with a guarded positivity.

It’s not exactly difficult to understand why the Hammers aren’t looking forward to a trip to Manchester. They have not been the most consistent team, and their Premier League 2019 results have been a mixed bag of great victories and disappointing defeats. Their inconsistent form is the only thing stopping them from reaching greater heights in the table.

However, I would like to point out to the West Ham faithful that there is enough reason to be positive coming into this match. They have pulled off impressive results against incredible opposition against clubs such as Arsenal and Manchester United. They also held Liverpool, City’s biggest rival for the title, to a 1-1 draw. Their latest triumph over Fulham is also encouraging.

Felipe Anderson eyes to defy the odds and help West Ham beat Manchester City in Premier League

Felipe Anderson celebrates after assisting Michail Antonio in West Ham United’s Premier League match against Liverpool

In order for them to pull off such a draw or a win, they need their star players to step up to the plate. Felipe Anderson has been a revelation from the wing and must step up once again. Marko Arnautovic should also be on form to bang in goals. Lukasz Fabianski must be alert to stop any Sky Blue shot attempt from going in.

Beating City is a gargantuan task for any manager, but Manuel Pellegrini must approach this game positively. The quality of his players at the London Stadium may not be up to par to the Manchester City team he handled in his 2013/14 campaign, but they can definitely take City to their limits.

It’s a game for City to lose

West Ham can definitely upset the Sky Blues if they allow them to do what they want, and it is up to Pep Guardiola’s men to stem the attacks of the men in claret.

They won a steely EFL Cup encounter against Chelsea, and the Blues showed the rest of the league ways on how to limit the Sky Blues from scoring. Moreover, the EFL Cup may have come at a cost as they lost key players to injury.

While Guardiola was delighted that they won the first of their quadruple, he admitted that the injuries Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte sustained was going to hurt their chances in the other fronts: “the only problem is we will be without important players for the coming weeks.”

However, the Sky Blues have a wealth of talent to back them up. Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, and Vincent Kompany can hold down the middle of the pitch while Kyle Walker is more than a capable replacement for the injured Brazilian.

More importantly, they still have their outstanding attacking core intact. The fact that they have Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, and Kevin De Bruyne in the rotation is a testament to the monstrosity of a team that they have.

And don’t get me started on the ever-consistent Sergio Aguero.

This is honestly City’s game to lose, and the Premier League 2019 odds back them up. I will be honestly surprised if this game ends in anything but a win for them.

History

The two Premier League regulars have met a total of at least 100 times since 1924. City currently hold the better win-loss record between them with 51 games won, while the Hammers are toiling with their 33 victories. The remaining sixteen fixtures have been draws that were mostly made in West Ham’s home grounds.

The biggest bogey that is haunting West Ham at the moment is the fact that they lost 8-1 in their last two fixtures at the London Stadium. Their most recent game in November 2018 was a total embarrassment for the Hammers as they didn’t get to score any goals at all.

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There’s no reason to doubt that Manchester City will crush West Ham and come away with the three points. The sheer difference in quality between the two of them is just too great for the Hammers to overcome with just willpower alone.

However, I don’t think they’ll be able to score more than three goals against West Ham. Their last two games at the Etihad saw the game ending with a total of three goals made. The Hammers should be doing everything they can to be solid in the back, and there’s no reason to believe that more of the same would happen here.

This will be an interesting game to watch for us punters and the neutral footballing fan. It will be curious to see if West Ham can defy the odds and pull off another incredible result.

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Premier League: Hammer Blow to Reds’ Title Hopes

West Ham United 1-1 Liverpool

Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham held Liverpool to a draw at the London Stadium to reduce the Reds’ lead at the top of the Premier League to just three points.

Sadio Mane put the visitors ahead with a controversial strike before Michail Antonio equalised for the Hammers. Liverpool struggled to get into their stride, and the hosts fully deserved a point at the least.

With Manchester City playing again on Wednesday, Jurgen Klopp’s side is coming under increasing pressure.

The Hammers love to play the underdog, and they fought tooth and nail to deny the Reds. This was a big night in the top flight, and the Premier League 2019 betting odds will now take a little shift back towards Manchester.

Highlights of the game

With Marko Arnautovic ruled out injured, Javier Hernandez made a start. The Mexican came so close to opening the scoring in the first minute when Mark Noble put him through, but his shot curled just wide.

And then, after a lovely move from the Hammers, Aaron Cresswell fired a shot past the right-hand post.  Former Manchester City head coach Pellegrini knew he could do his old employers a big favour tonight, and they certainly started on the right foot.

The Reds were having plenty of possession without really getting anywhere, while West Ham looked dangerous on the counter-attack And after another move started by Noble, Hernandez stung Alisson’s palms with a fierce drive.

After a difficult opening 20 minutes, however, Liverpool went ahead thanks to a huge slice of luck.

Adam Lallana made good progress down the right and then fed James Milner who was clearly offside, but the linesman’s flag stayed down as he found Sadio Mane who finished clinically.

That was really hard on the Hammers, but they responded brilliantly with a great move straight off the training ground. Felipe Anderson, shaped to swing a free-kick into the box, instead slid a clever ball down the right to Antonio whose first-time shot was perfectly placed into the far corner to make it 1-1.

And the Hammers had a golden opportunity to go ahead when Declan Rice got on the end of a free kick and had all the space in the world with a free header. Nonetheless, he planted it wide with the goal at his mercy.

James Milner made another chance for Mane, but this time his header was straight at Lukasz Fabianski.

Jurgen Klopp said all he had to say at halftime and sent his team out early, which spoke volumes. The Reds put the first decent move of the second half together which ended with Lallana setting up Mo Salah, but the Egyptians’ shot was held by Fabianski.

As Liverpool tried to up the tempo, Salah made space for himself before curling a shot towards the bottom corner, only to be denied again by Fabianski.

Noble had another chance for the Hammers, but he sliced his effort over the bar. As the game wore on, a winner for either side seemed unlikely. Liverpool pressed but without penetration and the West Ham defence held firm.

Despite Sadio Mane's goal, Liverpool failed to nab all the three Premier League points over West Ham

Sadio Mane celebrates after giving Liverpool the lead 22 minutes in the game against West Ham

Key statistics

Liverpool fluffed their lines last week when they had a chance to strengthen their lead at the top, drawing at home with Leicester City. They suffered the same fate tonight.

The Reds, though, can have no complaints. Despite having over 70 percent possession, the Reds lost the shot count by 13 to 11. After failing to register a single shot on target in a 3-0 defeat to Wolves, this was a good comeback by the Hammers.

So West Ham have ended a run of three consecutive defeats, but Klopp’s faltering Reds have now dropped more points in the last five league games than in the previous 20.

And the Hammers seem to do okay without Arnautovic, enjoying better points per game record without him this season—up at 1.6 as opposed to 1.2 when the Austrian takes the field.

Midfielder Michail Antonio puts West Ham at level with Liverpool at London Stadium in recent Premier League gameweek

West Ham United midfielder Michail Antonio celebrates after scoring the equaliser against Liverpool

What’s next?

Liverpool fans will have a nervy few days before their team plays again.

Manchester City have a game against Everton on Wednesday, and you can get all the big Premier League 2019 news from that one right here at us.

The Sky Blues can take the top spot with a win.

Next weekend, Jurgen Klopp’s side hosts Bournemouth, and it’s anyone’s guess how the Cherries will play after hammering Chelsea 4-0 before losing to Cardiff City.

West Ham have a tasty London derby away to Crystal Palace. Roy Hodgson’s side is not out of the relegation mix just yet, but is up to 14th in the table.

 

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Premier League: No Warm Welcome for Liverpool in the East End

West Ham vs Liverpool

They are made of tough stuff in the East End of London; when Premier League leaders Liverpool come to town, they are sure to get a frosty reception.

Much of the UK has been covered in snow this week, and the London Stadium will be no place for the faint-hearted in the biting cold. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool need to stay cool, though, as the temperature in the title race is beginning to get rather warm.

The Premier League 2019 betting odds will stay with Liverpool as long as they keep winning; the leaders are available at 1.48 while Manchester City are at 2.70 here at us. But the Reds failed to take advantage of City’s midweek slip-up against Newcastle United. A draw with Leicester City left the Reds five points clear of the champions, and that’s a gap which keeps the Manchester crowd very interested.

Talking points

Will Marko make the match?

The big Premier League 2019 news is around the treatment table. Liverpool’s defensive injury list has been well-documented, but a blessing for the Reds and a curse for the Hammers seemingly emerged this week when Marko Arnautovic limped away from the ground on crutches, following a midweek defeat to Wolves.

The enigmatic Austrian has just signed a new contract at the London Stadium shortly after enthusiastically advertising his desire to leave the Hammers, so the faithful Iron fans don’t really know what to think. And news in today suggests that he may have made a miraculous recovery and make it to face Liverpool. If he doesn’t, then Manuel Pellegrini has the goals of Felipe Anderson to call on. The Brazilian is top scoring with eight, not a bad return since his £36m switch from Lazio. And he is proving to be a real handful for defences up and down the country.

Javier Hernandez could also feature if Arnautovic isn’t fit, and the Hammers have the capability to spring a surprise after beating Arsenal 1-0 thanks to young midfield star Declan Rice.

This will be no walk in the park for the visitors.

Liverpool want to avoid another sucker punch

There may be a few sweaty palms in Liverpool, certainly among fans yearning for a long-awaited league title, if not in the players. With a great chance to go seven points clear at the top of the league, Liverpool showed some signs of the pressure mounting in the title race, failing to beat Leicester after going ahead in the third minute. The Reds were on the attack when Leicester hit them with a counter-punch seconds before the half time whistle, and they never really recovered.

Can West Ham upset the Premier League odds as they face top of the table Liverpool?

Manuel Pellegrini preparing himself as they face Premier League leaders Liverpool

West Ham are likely to concede much of the ball and try to hit Liverpool on the break, and they could easily give the league leaders a nasty shock with the pace and trickery of Anderson in their ranks. Goalkeeper Alisson looked decidedly shaky on Wednesday after conceding three in the previous game to Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klopp’s side must be patient and not over-commit. With Mo Salah and Sadio Mane leading their attack, they have the ability to score in a split second.

History

Recent results don’t tell the whole story of this fixture. Sure thing, West Ham lost three matches in a row, but they were all away from home. And in the two games before that, they had back-to-back wins at the London Stadium. Their passionate fans will roar them on at the first sign of weakness in an opponent.

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s away league record this season reads nine wins, two draws and a solitary defeat. But the Reds have lost two of the last three away in all competitions, including a FA Cup defeat to Wolves.

The head-to-heads are well in the favourites’ favour as Liverpool won 28, drawn ten and lost ten of these meetings since 1993; the Hammers have failed to beat Liverpool on any of the last four occasions.

Betting tip

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Make no mistake: this is another big test of Liverpool’s title credentials. West Ham are a wounded animal after three defeats and a tongue-lashing from their boss. Coach Pellegrini laid into his players after the dreadful 3-0 defeat to Wolves in midweek, three days after saying he was ashamed of their performance in the FA Cup against lower-league opponents Wimbledon.

Liverpool are at 2.07 to win by two goals or more, something they have failed to do in the last five games. I think they will find it very hard to break down a Hammers team determined to show their manager and fans just what they are capable of. And the Eastenders love to play the underdog with a nasty bite.

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Premier League: West Ham Hammer on Poor Gunners

West Ham United 1-0 Arsenal

The Premier League is an exciting source of fantastic football for the eager sporting fan. The English top flight is full of clubs with capable players that can keep up with the best of them.

Of course, the top six clubs get all the attention with the quality of players they manage to draw. One great example of a club with a strong roster is Arsenal. The Gunners have brought in players who are among the world’s best simply through the club name and the vast amount of resources they have.

However, West Ham proved that you don’t have to buy the best players in order to be successful. Their 1-0 victory over their neighbours at London is a masterful display of superb defending and planning by Manuel Pellegrini’s men. Meanwhile, Unai Emery has to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to win these kinds of games.

Highlights of the game

Everyone and their mother knew that Arsenal would have a bit of a problem coming into this match: their failure to win games have seen them fall short of the lofty standards set by the board and the fans. Emery tried forcing the team past the rut by fielding an attack-oriented 3-4-3 that has Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Alex Iwobi up front.

However, Mark Noble was the first to make a threatening shot to Bernd Leno. The Hammers captain took a powerful shot from the edge of the box around the seventh minute, and the German stopper had to pull off a superb save in order to stop the ball.

Alexandre Lacazette was soon able to put in work with his own shot attempts in the fourteenth minute. His first shot was blocked by former Arsenal man Lukasz Fabianski, and his follow-up went way above the crossbar and ended up with a goal kick for the Hammers.

Samir Nasri celebrates against former Premier League club Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey leaving Arsenal as Samir Nasri assists the winner for West Ham

There hasn’t been a lot of significant moves that happened since the Lacazette attempts, the next being a near goal by Felipe Anderson. He was supplied a great ball by former Arsenal man Samir Nasri, but his shot was just wide of the left post. Matteo Guendouzi tried to respond with a mid-range shot of his own, but the ball drifted wide of the right post.

Declan Rice tried to end the half with a superb header from inside the penalty area, but his shot was also wide of the post. The referee blew the half-time whistle, and many in the London Stadium can feel that it is only a matter of time before a goal would be scored.

And that moment came at the start of the second half. A tussle inside the penalty box saw the ball land in front of Nasri. He then made the pass to Rice, and the teenager wasted no time in smashing the ball past Leno and into the top-right corner of the goal.

Emery eventually reverted the formation back to have four defenders in the back to bring in both Lucas Torreira and Aaron Ramsey, who made big Premier League 2019 news by reportedly joining Italian powerhouse Juventus in the summer.

The substitutes tried everything they could to rattle the Hammers and get an equaliser, but Pellegrini’s well-trained lads didn’t show the vulnerabilities that bit them dearly against Manchester City.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s struggles away from the Emirates continue. They cannot progress towards the Premier League title if they cannot stop losing on hostile grounds.

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This is the fifth straight away game that they have not won, and three of the five were defeats. The last time they won away from the Emirates was November 2018 at Dean Court.

This loss is especially painful for the Gunners as they had 58% possession of the football but were more than sloppy with it. Fortunately for them, West Ham also weren’t able to capitalise on their chances, only having three of their 11 shots on target.

Rice’s superb goal against Arsenal is his first-ever professional goal. He has been developing his trade under the West Ham system since 2013, and it is exciting for Hammers fans to see one of their academy products showing results in the top flight.

What’s next?

Unai Emery rue lost opportunities after West Ham defeat in the Premier League

Arsenal manager Unai Emery reacts with a match official

West Ham have a couple of winnable fixtures for the rest of January. They will play Bournemouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League while they will face AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup. However, all of their games will be away from London Stadium.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have a tough schedule ahead of them. They will play Chelsea at the Emirates, and the Premier League 2019 odds will definitely be tougher. What follows that is a tough FA Cup tie against Manchester United, and that will be followed by a relatively easier league game against Cardiff.

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Premier League: Can Gunners Shoot Down Their Away Woes?

West Ham United vs Arsenal

Arsenal have a problem, and while it has been overshadowed by their recent wins against Fulham in the Premier League and Blackpool in the FA Cup, the issue is bound to appear again when they visit London neighbours West Ham.

To put it simply, Unai Emery’s men have been playing poorly on the road. Sure, it didn’t start that way, but what matters is the present and how they are doing when playing away from home.

Arsenal need to find a solution quickly if they want to stay in the hunt for a top-four place and the Champions League spots that go with it. They are only three points behind no.4 Chelsea, but the resurgent Manchester United are right on their tail.

The Gunners cannot afford any slip-up…not now the battle at the top is heating up.

Talking Points

No Glory on the Road for Arsenal

Arsenal took 10 out of a possible 15 points in their first five away games of the season. Not bad at all for a team that ushered into a new era with a new coach and a number of new players.

However, that dominance didn’t last long and the Gunners found themselves looking outside the top four again, no thanks to a series of ugly performances on the road.

While the team has lost just once at home this year, it’s the complete opposite when they are playing far from the bright lights of the Emirates Stadium. They have only taken four victories out of 10 fixtures on the road, all of which are against teams on the bottom half of the table.

They are yet to defeat a top team, having already lost to Chelsea and Liverpool. In fact, their match against the Reds of Merseyside was embarrassing, as Jurgen Klopp’s men ran riot en route to a 5-1 drubbing.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is keen to improve Arsenal’s away record

Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang aims to lead the Gunners to a Premier League win against London rivals West Ham

Arsenal have not won an away match in the Premier League since November 2018, losing twice and drawing their last four.

Sure, the optimist will say they defeated Blackpool at Lancashire over the weekend, but hey, that’s a third-tier team and it’s in the FA Cup!

Injuries Taking Its Toll

Besides their poor performance away, Arsenal also have injuries to think of…and PLENTY OF IT!

Playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been ruled out until February with a foot issue he sustained during their Carabao Cup defeat last month. Defender Rob Holding (knee) and forward Danny Welbeck (ankle) are out for the season with separate injuries, while rising star Hector Bellerin is a major doubt as he progresses in his recovery from a calf problem.

It shouldn’t help the Gunners that regular starters Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal are all facing a fitness race ahead of the team’s weekend visit to the London Stadium.

Team captain Laurent Koscielny is expected to return in time for the West Ham game, but there’s no doubt Emery has a lot of thinking and tinkering to do.

West Ham, Improving?

It’s easy to write off West Ham in this fixture. After their summer spending that signalled they were ready to compete, they flopped big time and lost four straight matches to start the season.

The Hammers are 10th in the standings right now, albeit with a losing record of eight wins, four draws and nine defeats. They also have a negative goal differential with 29 makes and 32 conceded.

While that’s the case, however, it’s worthy to note that Manuel Pellegrini’s side has made huge strides since their disappointing start. They have been solid offensively, scoring 20 markers in their last 11 games.

For comparison, the team scored only nine in their opening 10 league games.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping to win the Premier League match against derby rival

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini gestures to his players during a Premier League match against Southampton

It’s quite a concern for them that Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez is a doubt with a back injury, but they still have Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic who have been on a tear offensively for the past few months.

History

Arsenal are aiming for the best Premier league 2019 results, and they will be looking at their recent head-to-heads with West Ham for some confidence.

The Gunners have won all but one of their last five meetings with the Hammers, including their first tie this season at Emirates which saw Emery’s charges come out as 3-1 winners.

Before that, in the 2017-18 campaign, Arsenal also nailed the Hammers with only one goal en route to a 4-1 win at home.

Here’s one disturbing fact though: Arsenal failed to win at the London Stadium in their lone visit there in 2017, playing out a 0-0 draw with the then David Moyes-managed squad.

Betting Tip

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West Ham United vs Arsenal Correct Score Draw 1-1 @ 7.20
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Arsenal are the stronger team, they are deeper and have a better record. With that said, it’s easy to be swayed by the Premier League 2019 odds that favour a Gunners win.

Besides, even the odds at us point to a relatively comfortable victory for the Gunners.

However, I am not really comfortable with how Arsenal are playing away from the Emirates. I think this will be a tight affair contrary to what most fans expect, and I see it ending with a draw—specifically a 1-1 stalemate.

Both teams can score, but I believe West Ham will also try to balance it and defend more.

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Premier League: Rampaging Manchester City Hungry for More Blood

West Ham United vs Manchester City

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are currently top of the table and are well on pace for a second straight Premier League title. However, they know they can’t afford to stop until they have the trophy in their hands.

The Sky Blues have a chance to extend their two-point lead when they visit West Ham United at London Stadium, but they will be cautious of the fact that they are against a capable side that can spring a surprise when they find their stride.

West Ham enter Saturday with only three wins, though those three victories came against Manchester United, Everton and Burnley. Oh, and they were also the ones who stopped Chelsea’s five-game winning streak with a goalless draw last September!

Talking Points

Manchester City: A cut above the rest

Manchester City had a record-breaking season last year, and they continue to prove that they remain ahead of the pack with their dominant start to the season.

They are one of only three teams—together with second-placed Liverpool and third-placed Chelsea—to stay unbeaten in the English top flight, but what really took the Premier League 2018 news and headlines was the way they are playing.

Guardiola’s men have already scored 36 goals and conceded just five, and that puts them on pace to break last year’s tally of 106. Moreover, they are set to concede fewer strikes this season, showing how much improvement they have made on that end.

Even more remarkable, they are without their top assist king, Kevin De Bruyne, who has been out since early November due to a knee ligament damage.

The Sky Blues are nine goals ahead of Chelsea, the second-best scoring team in the league. City have a goal differential of 31, with Liverpool and Chelsea at 18 and 19 respectively.

Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling have been a huge part of the team’s success, with the former leading the league in scoring with eight goals on top of four assists. Sterling, meanwhile, has six markers and five deliveries.

Hammered with injuries

There were high expectations on the Hammers after manager Manuel Pellegrini was handed “record funds” to bolster the team over the summer. Nonetheless, they lost four straight to start the season and still haven’t recovered from it.

West Ham aim to get the win as they look to climb up the Premier League table

West Ham’s Jack Wilshere battles for the ball against Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves

West Ham are currently in 13th place and are way off the battle for the European places. They have only scored 14 times in their top-flight campaign, all while allowing opponents to hit a total of 18 goals on them.

It didn’t help them that they struggled with plenty of injuries at the start of the season. In fact, in this meeting with Manchester City, they have five players who are out due to injuries.

Manuel Lanzini (ACL), Andriy Yarmolenko (Achilles), Carlos Sanchez (knee) and Winston Reid (knee) are long-term absentees and still have no clear timetable for a return. Meanwhile, full-back Ryan Fredericks has been ruled out for the remainder of 2018 after sustaining a shin injury against Huddersfield Town in their last game.

Fortunately for West Ham, Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll could make their return just in time for the fight with the reigning champions. Wilshere started the first four matches of the season for the Hammers before undergoing ankle surgery in September.

Carroll, on the other hand, is yet to feature for West Ham (and play under Pellegrini) after also going under the knife to repair his ankle.

Legacy battle for Manuel Pellegrini

One often overshadowed storyline in this game is Pellegrini’s connection with Manchester City. The Chilean manager engineered City’s epic run in the 2013-14 campaign, helping the team win just their second Premier League title.

However, with the club’s rise and massive improvement under Guardiola, his legacy is in danger.

Sure enough, Pellegrini can do little to stop the Sky Blues and their domination, but he can get some respectability in this game and prove that he’s still a coach that can hold his ground in the premiership, against the younger managers today.

History

Last year, the then David Moyes-coached West Ham lost their home-and-away fixtures against Manchester City.

Manchester City won 2-1 at the Etihad in their first meeting, though the Hammers put up a fight back then and even led by halftime.

The second match, at London Stadium, was different though. The Sky Blues scored two goals both sides of the interval, with Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho all scoring.

Overall, the two sides have played 34 Premier League matches:  City won 19, West Ham nine and six draws.

Betting Tip

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West Ham United vs Manchester City Under 3.00 @ 2.29
November 24, 23:00 (GMT+8)

Premier League 2018 odds point to an overwhelming win for City. In fact, us gives West Ham a huge plus handicap just to even it up.

There’s no doubt Manchester City will win this one. The only question is: by how many goals?

I think Pellegrini will try to lessen the damage here. City’s offence is something to be feared, and I believe West Ham will focus on their defence to slow Guardiola’s men a bit. After all, there’s pride at stake here.

With that said, I predict one to two goals for City—perhaps a 0-2 win.

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Premier League: Erik and Hugo are Okay for Spurs!

West Ham United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs came away from the London Stadium with a hard-fought Premier League win courtesy of a goal from Erik Lamela, but they have keeper Hugo Lloris to thank.

The France stopper pulled off a string of world-class saves to keep the Hammers out, and it’s that kind of form which makes Premier League 2018 odds place Mauricio Pochettino’s team as a top-four side.

The early weekend Premier League 2018 news came from Stamford Bridge where Chelsea scored a 95th-minute equaliser to earn a point against Manchester United, and that meant a win for Spurs took them joint-second in the league, with Liverpool and Arsenal still to play.

And make no mistake: this was a great result for Poch’s men.

This was the West Ham team which outplayed Manchester United at the beginning of the month, and they gave Spurs a very difficult game. Head coach Manuel Pellegrini has the Hammers moving in the right direction, and they’ll feel unlucky to finish this game empty-handed.

Highlights of the game

This was Erik Lamela’s first Premier League start of the season, replacing the out-of-form Son Heung-Min, and he was in the action with an early chance. But for much of the first half, the high-quality of football on show failed to provide much in the way of clear-cut chances; we had to wait until a minute before the break for the deadlock to be broken.

Four Spurs players were in the England team which beat Spain last week, and it was flying wing-back Kieran Trippier who started the move, chipping the ball down the line to Moussa Sissoko. He stood up a beautiful ball for Lamela to head home this third league goal of the season. It was a fair enough reflection of the first half, but the hosts came roaring back in the second.

Marko Arnautovic was passed fit to play for West Ham, and that was a huge boost for the Hammers. He was instrumental in much of the hosts’ attempts to draw level. Aaron Cresswell put in a super cross for the Austrian to head towards the top corner, but Lloris pulled off a magical save, clawing the ball to safety.

Arnautovic tested the Spurs keeper again on the hour, picking up a headed clearance from Trippier and firing it low and hard which Lloris got a hand to.

Tempers flared a minute later with a coming together between Arnautovic and Davinson Sanchez, which ended up with the Spurs man sporting a ripped shirt, but team-mates calmed the situation before it got out of hand.

West Ham briefly thought they’d equalised when Javier Hernandez took a return pass from Arnautovic and slotted the ball home with five minutes to go, but the London Stadium’s celebrations were cut short as the offside flag went up.

Hugo Lloris denies an effort from Marko Arnautovic to preserve their lead in the Premier League

West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic looks dejected

And another one-two between West Ham’s front two almost did the trick in the dying minutes, but Lloris came to Spurs’ rescue again.

Key Statistics

Spurs were marginally odds-on to win this game at 1.90 with us, and the game turned out to be as close as we expected. The visitors had the lion’s share of possession, but West Ham won the shot county by 13 to ten with Lloris making four crucial saves.

Spurs have now won nine of their last 12 away Premier League games, but the Hammers are now winless in their last eight London derbies. It’s only the second defeat in six for West Ham though, so they can take heart from this.

It was Lamela’s first league start of the season, but he’s a highly effective player for Spurs: he was involved in 10 goals in his last nine games, with seven goals and three assists.

What’s next?

There’s another tough challenge for West Ham next week when they visit Leicester City; Spurs will then arrive at the London Stadium for another crack at the Hammers in the Carabao Cup.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs now have two massive games to play before they return. They travel to PSV in midweek to try to open their Champions League campaign before it’s too late. And then, they entertain Manchester City next week and can overtake the champions if they can somehow mastermind a win. The return to fitness of the creative Christian Eriksen is a major boost.

Two 1-0 wins, against Cardiff City and West Ham, have put Spurs is this position, but Manchester City…now that is quite a different prospect.

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Premier League West Ham vs Spurs: This is London Pride

West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur

It’s always a treat when two of the most famous old clubs in England come head to head, and Premier League: West Ham vs Spurs will be no exception.

These two London giants have wowed their fans with flair players and attractive football over the years, with Spurs admittedly more recently than the Hammers. But both Manuel Pellegrini and Mauricio Pochettino have good reason to be satisfied with their teams’ recent efforts.

After a shocking start, Pellegrini has got West Ham going with some impressive performances; he has his eye on a top-half finish at the very least. Meanwhile, Spurs have been the subject of scrutiny, with questions asked over their fluency so far this term. But they arrive at the London Stadium just two points off the top of the table.

Talking Points

Pel is getting it right

I reckon the West Ham vs Spurs highlights will be well worth a watch when you get the chance, and not least because the Hammers have begun to turn round a tough start to the season. Pellegrini has them playing the type of football their fans have been yearning for.

Marko Aranautovic looks like he’s getting back to his best and was outstanding in the Hammers’ recent victory over Manchester United. The enigmatic Austrian is a moody player and has been smiling since returning from injury. His physical presence and potential for genius make him almost undefendable when he’s on his game. He already has four goals this season, and I believe Pellegrini will get the best out of him.

Co-striker Andriy Yarmolenko arrived from Borussia Dortmund in the summer hoping to get his career back on track, having struggled at the Signal Iduna Park. He’s spent most of his career at Dynamo Kiev and established himself as a goal-scoring winger for Ukraine. He’s settled well at the London Stadium, scoring twice and showing what an exciting player he can be, though he has missed the odd sitter!

The Hammers managed to lose to Brighton after impressive results against Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United. Even so, the West Ham vs Spurs betting odds will look kinder to the Hammers than they would have a month ago.

Record signing Issa Diop will have his work cut out at the heart of the Hammers’ defence, and he could be the key to the outcome.

Spurs stars outwitted Spain

Mauricio Pochettino’s team has always been admired for its style of football, but not necessarily its ability to close out games or indeed titles. England’s stunning win over Spain in the UEFA Nations League featured four Spurs stars, and each of them played a big part in the game management.

While Harry Kane didn’t score, he was instrumental in providing two assists as well as a lot of space for his striking partners. This was a proper Number 9 performance: holding the ball up well, using his physicality and finding team-mates in goal-scoring positions. The goals will come.

Harry Winks was lively and industrious, using the ball well and looking every bit an international player. Kieran Trippier is now established as one of the world’s finest attacking wing-backs. But the moment of the night came from defensive midfielder Eric Dier who left his mark on the great Sergio Ramos with a crunching tackle.

Premier League West Ham vs Spurs: Tottenham defender Eric Dier returns to England after the international break

Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier tackles Sergio Ramos during the UEFA Nations League match between Spain and England

Pochettino was proud of his players, saying: “I think they were brilliant, we were talking today about how the attitude was amazing.”

But can they do it in the unforgiving Premier League? Before the international break, Spurs only narrowly beat relegation favourites Cardiff, and Lionel Messi showed how far they still have to come to be seen as a world-class team in the Champions League.

Christian Eriksen, one player who has shown he can consistently deliver at the highest level, has been out injured for almost a month. The good news for Poch is that the Danish wizard should be fit to play on Saturday.

History

This is a clash between two teams in good form, with just a single defeat for each in the last five matches.

The recent head-to-heads have been well-contested with two wins apiece and a draw in the last five. Spurs have had the better overall with 23 wins to the Hammers’ 15 and nine draws.

Betting tip

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West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur Draw 1X2 @ 3.50
October 20, 22:00 (GMT+8)

With West Ham at 3.85 and Spurs at 1.90, this looks like an uphill task for the hosts. But if their big players at either end of the pitch perform, then they will be right in the game. The Hammers will also hope that the heroics of Spurs’ England players may have taken something out of them and that Eriksen is not yet back to his devastating best.

If you’re looking at the us odds for an alternative, then the double chance, West Ham or Draw might tempt you at 1.83.

That’s a better idea if you’re a Hammers fan, of course! Head or heart…it’s up to you.

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Premier League: Happy Hammers Pile On More Misery for Manchester United

West Ham United 3-1 Manchester United

Nobody thought this was going to be an easy game for Manchester United, but we didn’t expect West Ham to win it in such comfort.

Goals from Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic have lifted the Hammers to mid-table in the Premier League, three points behind the Red Devils. And if Jose Mourinho was under some pressure before the game, then we’re about to see what he’s made of now.

The Hammers came into this game on a high after three great results, and the memory of their shocking start to the campaign has eased after this tremendous performance. Meanwhile, Red Devils legend Ryan Giggs has said this Manchester United team isn’t capable of winning the Premier League, and he should know after won 13 of them!

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Premier League fans calls to sack Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho gestures during their match vs West Ham

Highlights of the game

The Premier League 2018 news in the run-up to this game focussed on strikers.

Manchester United arrived with no Alexis Sanchez in the squad, explained by Mourinho as ‘options, it’s just options.’ And his option was to start with Anthony Martial up front with Romelu Lukaku.

For the Hammers, the return from injury of Marko Arnautovic was a major boost.

But the stunning opening to the game was provided by wide man Felipe Anderson. It was the worst possible start for the Red Devils, and the fans at the London Stadium couldn’t quite believe their eyes. Mark Noble released Pablo Zabaleta down the wing, and his low cross was turned in by Anderson for his first goal for West Ham with just five minutes on the clock.

Manchester United were shell-shocked. It took the visitors a while to find their feet, but they were almost level on 22 minutes when Ashley Young put in a superb first-time cross which Lukaku headed against the post.

But that was it for the Red Devils in the opening half. The whole game situation became double trouble for Jose, two minutes before halftime when Andriy Yarmolenko saw his shot deflected wickedly by Victor Lindelof and past the despairing David De Gea. The striker won’t have been pleased to hear the goal had been credited to the Swedish defender.

After an hour in which the only thing West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski had to do was watch the ball hit his post, he was finally called into action. Ashley Young, the only Red Devils player to have shown anything enterprise, crossed for Marouane Fellaini, and the big Belgian powered a header towards the bottom corner that Fabianski saved brilliantly.

We hadn’t seen anything of note from Paul Pogba, and the World Cup winner was hooked on 70 minutes to be replaced by Juan Mata. And then, almost immediately, the Red Devils were back in the game. Marcus Rashford met a corner at the near post and flicked his header past Fabianski as his defence switched off.

But the visitors were only in it for a couple of minutes. Mark Noble put Arnautovic clean through on goal as the Manchester United defence parted, and the Austrian was never going to miss.

West Ham asked the Red Devils plenty of questions, but why wasn’t Alexis Sanchez at least on the bench? It’s a mystery to me.

Key Statistics

David De Gea is proof that Manchester United are struggling to defend in the Premier League

Manchester United’s David de Gea looks dejected after West Ham’s third goal

David De Gea had a surprisingly busy afternoon against Wolves last week, but there was nothing he could do today for any of the three goals.

With possession shared and the shot count of eight to nine, this looked like a mid-table clash, which is all fine for the Hammers but pretty depressing for the Red Devils.

This was only the second time West Ham have beaten Manchester United in 20 attempts. But it was no fluke.

What’s next?

Well, that’s some question for Manchester United. This set of players just isn’t performing, but they are back to Old Trafford where the Champions League may provide some relief in a crucial home tie against Valencia. The

Spaniards have made a slow start to the La Liga season by their standards, having drawn five of the first seven games and lost to ten-man Juventus in their first European match. But they have quality in attack with the likes of

Santi Mina and Kevin Gameiro always on the hunt for goals.

With league winner Manuel Pellegrini at the helm, West Ham weren’t really in the picture of the Premier League 2018 betting markets for relegation; it’s all looking pretty good in East London.

Next, the Hammers head down to the South coast on a visit to Brighton. And with the way they are playing, that’s another game they should expect to win.

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