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.


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

West Ham United vs Arsenal Correct Score Draw 1-1 @ 7.20
January 12, 20:30 (GMT+8)

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.


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

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.


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

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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Premier League: Another Hammer Blow On The Way for Jose?

West Ham vs Manchester United

Timing is everything in football, and when Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham entertain Manchester United on Saturday, the time could be just perfect for the Hammers.

After starting their Premier League campaign with four defeats, West Ham have put in two fine performances and the momentum could take them through to another result at home against United.

All is not well at Old Trafford. Immediately before the Red Devils’ recent victory at Burnley, there was a whisper around that Jose had to win that game to avoid an ultimatum from the owners. Three consecutive victories seemed to have taken the heat off but then two home draws, against a newly promoted team and a Championship outfit, have fanned the flames of disquiet.

Don’t get me wrong, Wolves and Derby County are good sides, but this is Manchester United we’re talking about!

Talking Points

The Red Devils might be relieved to be away from Old Trafford this weekend. However, the London Stadium is going to be packed by a passionate crowd with renewed love for their heroes in Claret, so a game against West Ham, at this moment in time, is far from ideal.

I’m sure the coach’s torment has been making too much Premier League 2018 news for the Manchester United owners liking, not to mention the fans who just want to get back to seeing reports of their expensive squad winning football games. But they have just watched their team get dumped out of the Carabao Cup.

Championship side Derby are no mugs—managed by Frank Lampard and with quality running right through its team. It must have hurt Jose that this heavy blow was dealt by a former disciple of his at Chelsea, as Lampard became one of the best box-to-box midfielders in world football under Mourinho’s tuition.

Now, while the United boss tries to mastermind another comeback at the London Stadium, he has a rather less faithful midfield man to contend with. His best player at Old Trafford, Paul Pogba, has upset the boss (again) with his comments criticising Manchester United’s lack of attacking ambition against Wolves. The World Cup winner has been stripped of the vice-captaincy, and I can’t help thinking he’s moving ever closer towards the Old Trafford exit door.

Manchester United need a Premier League boost despite the ongoing Jose Mourinho-Paul Pogba spat

Manager Jose Mourinho talks with Paul Pogba after Manchester United’s Premier League loss to Tottenham Hotspur

The Red Devils’ boss made a point of slapping Pogba down in front of the cameras at United’s training ground. He is a past master in man-management, but I suspect he may have met his match this time.

And if Jose wants to motivate his team, he’d better steer clear of the Premier League 2018 odds which show them drifting alarmingly out of the reckoning.

Meanwhile, West Ham got their season going with a win over Everton and a highly impressive draw with Chelsea, when keeper Lukasz Fabianski had a great game.

Then a home Carabao Cup tie against Macclesfield gave Pellegrini a chance to see some of his second string and wow, did they perform? The Hammers recorded their biggest win in 35 years, sending the minnows back home with an 8-0 spanking. Robert Snodgrass enjoyed his new lease of life under Pellegrini and repaid the coach with a brace.

The Hammers’ biggest goal threat comes in the form of summer recruit Andriy Yarmolenko, who scored a double against Everton and could, probably should, have scored a winner against Chelsea. Marko Arnautovic is doubtful as he recovers from a knee injury.

And the early season form of defensive midfielder Declan Rice is getting the West Ham fans all excited. The 19-year old was voted the Hammers’ young player of the year last season, and he could be set for a sparkling career—maybe even at the London Stadium.


Manchester United have a glittering history against West Ham, beating them with alarming regularity and winning 31 out of 51 meetings. In contrast, the Hammers have managed just six victories.

Of course, West Ham hves a more modest legacy, though their fans will tell you they did win the 1966 World Cup, thanks to Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters and the great Bobby Moore!

Recent history might tell us more though. At the end of last season, the two teams drew 0-0 at the London Stadium as the Hammers battled their way to safety under David Moyes. However, at the start of the season, the Red Devils handed out a thrashing with Romelu Lukaku scoring twice and Pogba going on target.

Betting Tip

West Ham vs Manchester United Double Chance – West Ham or Draw @ 1.87
September 29, 19:30(GMT+8)

The us odds have Manchester United at 1.86 to win, and when you look at the two teams they should, on paper, collect the three points. How will Pogba react? Will he even be playing? I’d normally expect Manchester United to win when the chips are down, but West Ham are currently on the crest of a wave.

Either way, I think it will be a nervy affair and, for an alternative bet, a first-half draw is available at 2.25.

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Premier League: That’s Four for Unai

Arsenal 2-0 Everton

Two goals in three minutes gave Arsenal a fourth consecutive Premier League win today in a game Everton will feel rather hard done to.

The Toffees had much the better of the first half, but the Gunners woke up in the second; and after Alexandre Lacazette had given the hosts a lead with a superb strike, it was the Everton defence’s turn to go to sleep while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added a second, but that was a cruel blow as the striker looked distinctly offside.

Neither of these teams are likely to reach the top four according to Premier League 2018 odds, but Arsenal boss Unai Emery will be quietly confident if his new side’s form continues to improve. But this was a little hard to take for Marco Silva’s Everton who can only dust themselves off and go again.

Highlights of the game

Some fans believe this was Petr Cech's best game for Arsenal in the Premier League

Arsenal’s Petr Cech in action against Everton

Everton started the brighter and showed more intent in the opening ten minutes than in the whole 90 in their defeat to West Ham last week. And Richarlison had a great chance to open the scoring in the second minute with a one-on-one with the Petr Cech but the big keeper saved with his boot.

As Arsenal began to find their rhythm, Unai Emery three attempts kept the Toffees level with a brilliant save to deny Nacho Monreal after good work by Aubameyang. Then Richarlison tested Cech again after brilliantly controlling a long ball from Theo Walcott and the keeper handed his effort away.

Everton full back Lucas Digne fired in a testing free kick which Cech was again equal to, tipping the ball over the bar.

The Toffees were well worth their half time parity and could easily have been ahead, and they came out for the second half in the same mood, passing with confidence and attacking freely. And Walcott came so close to scoring on his return to the Emirates, but couldn’t get enough power on his effort to beat Cech.

And then three explosive minutes changed the game entirely. The first goal was a cracker. Aaron Ramsay slid a great ball through to Lacazette and he set himself on his right foot before curling a beauty into the top right corner. That was harsh on Everton, but it was doubly cruel on the hour.

This time Everton’s defence looked rattled as Mesut Ozil passed to Ramsay and he picked up another assist setting up Aubameyang for him to give Pickford no chance. The Everton players howled for an offside flag but it never came.

Arsenal had the game won, though Everton striker Cenk Tosun brought another good save from Cech with a powerful effort.

It took Unai Emery three attempts before he had his first Premier League win but now he has four and it’s all looking quite rosy at the Emirates.

Key Statistics

After a slow start Arsenal have begun to gather momentum and this result keeps that going nicely. The us odds had Arsenal odds on to win with a -1.25 goal handicap, which they did, but I’d say they were a little lucky.

It’s hard to take for the visitors, and particularly their new skipper, Tom Davies who, at 20 is the youngest to captain Everton in a competitive game. But the Toffees have never won at the Emirates and Arsenal has won 19 and drawn four of the last 23 meetings. What’s more, Arsenal has scored more Premier League goals against Everton than any other side, now 107.

Marco Silva will be scratching his head, but he does have plenty to think about. He is winless in his last eight games on the road, drawing two and losing six; and that needs to improve.

Meanwhile, Arsenal has now gone 22 league games without a draw.

Premier League 2018 results elsewhere mean the Gunners are up to sixth and just a single point behind Watford in fourth, while Everton is down in 12th.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores Arsenal's second controversial goal in the Premier League

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doing his flip celebration

What’s next?

Next up for the Gunners is the visit of Championship outfit Brentford in the EFL Cup, and that won’t be a pushover, the Bees play football which is easy on the eye and with an attacking threat. Then it’s the Hornets turn to visit the Emirates as Arsenal hopes to put an end to Watford’s impressive start to the season.

The Toffees get ready for another big game in the Premier League with the visit of Fulham to Goodison Park, and that’s a match they’ll expect to win if they play as well as they did today.




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Premier League: Hammers End Chelsea’s Winning Run

West Ham United 0-0 Chelsea

Chelsea has dropped its first Premier League points of the season at the London Stadium, frustrated by a quickly improving West Ham.

And that means the Blues drop to third place, behind Manchester City on goal difference and two points adrift of Liverpool. The Premier League 2018 odds have the top two in place, but where they’ll end up remains to be seen. And Chelsea has the best chance to challenge those two favourites.

Maurizio Sarri hoped his side wouldn’t suffer for their Thursday night Europa trip to Greece and they did seem to run out of ideas as the game wore on; but all credit to West Ham, who could have won the game themselves and deservedly picked up an unexpected point.

Highlights of the game

Eden Hazard has been on fire for Chelsea, making and scoring goals for fun, including a stunning hat-trick against Premier league strugglers Cardiff. Before this game he was the league’s most prolific dribbler, taunting defences with 18 successful runs already this season. And he’s worked well with Olivier Giroud who’s provided a couple of his assists. For a big man Giroud has good feet and a great eye for the killer pass.

And the two of them were involved in the early stages as the Blues looked to take a grip on the game. Giroud was the first to test Lukasz Fabianski in the West Ham goal, but his shot lacked power. Then Hazard tried his luck from a tight angle as Chelsea camped in the West Ham half.

Jorginho completed 180 passes vs West Ham, the most attempted in a single Premier League game since 2003/04

West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko in action with Chelsea’s Jorginho

The Blues were totally dominant and Giroud had a great chance to open the scoring when Jorginho dinked a lovely ball over the Hammers back line, but the Frenchman totally missed his attempted scissor kick.

West Ham’s only hope was to play on the counter attack. Summer recruit Andriy Yarmolenko scored twice in the Hammers first win of the season last week and he made a surging run into the Chelsea box before feeding Michail Antonio, but the striker was denied by a brave stop from Kepa. That was the best chance at either end in the first half and it gave the Hammers the confidence to press a little higher as Chelsea’s play began to slow down.

West Ham has a decent home record against Chelsea and Manuel Pellegrini was the happier of the two managers at the half time break.

Yarmolenko used his pace again, early in the second half and whistled an effort just over Kepa’s crossbar. But the Blues began to take control again and almost opened up the Hammers when Alvaro Morata, just on as a substitute for Giroud, looked about to score but Fabianski spread himself to save bravely.

Chelsea looked to be turning the screw but in another rare attack Yarmolenko had a golden opportunity to grab the lead, he looked offside when Robert Snodgrass crossed but the flag stayed down and he missed his header from point blank range. What a chance!

The Blues seemed to lose their way as the game neared its end, and only Ross Barkley managed to work Fabianski with a dipping effort from 25 yards, as the Hammers held on for the draw to send the vast majority of the 57,000 fans home very happy indeed.

Key Statistics

The absence of West Ham’s biggest scoring threat Marko Arnautovic through injury was a major blow to the Hammers. And even before that news the us odds pointed to a clear Chelsea win. But Pellegrini’s men worked tirelessly for their point making an incredible 61 defensive clearances.

Chelsea dominated possession, as expected, with 72 per cent and won the shot count by 17 to six, with six to one on target as Fabianski earned his wage. But West Ham arguably had the better chances.

Liverpool is only the fifth team to win their opening six Premier League fixtures and that’s the way it will stay for at least another year.

Andriy Yarmolenko's horror miss leaves West Ham and Chelsea at 0-0 draw in the Premier League

West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko missed an absolute sitter against Chelsea

What’s next?

Well, what a week we have coming up and the Premier League 2018 news is bound to be dominated by the meeting of Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge next weekend. And that’s after the two title hopefuls clash in the EFL Cup at Anfield on Wednesday. Don’t be surprised to see both Sarri and Jurgen Klopp make 11 changes for the midweek tussle!

Manuel Pellegrini is equally, if not more, likely to rest his players for their cup match, when League Two team Macclesfield Town has a night out at the London Stadium. Then there’s another massive game for the Hammers next week when Manchester United are the visitors; and the home fans will believe the Red Devils are there for the taking.



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Premier League: West Ham Face a Challenging Chelsea

West Ham United vs Chelsea

A Premier League 2018 derby is rarely uneventful.

A clash between these two rivals seldom is either.

us fans could be in for a treat as Manuel Pellegrini and Maurizio Sarri go head to head in the top flight for the first time.

Talking Points

The main Premier League 2018 news surrounds the fitness of Marko Arnautovic.

There’s no question he’s the man to watch as far as the hosts are concerned. He’s had a hand in 11 of club’s last 16 top-flight goals (seven goals and four assists), and he was instrumental in their 3-1 success at Everton last weekend.

Andriy Yarmolenko also netted his first two goals for his new club in that game to provide some breathing space after four straight defeats.

A victory here would continue their fine home record against Chelsea, including a memorable 1-0 success last season, and secure back-to-back league wins for the first time since January last year.

Yet Pellegrini knows defeat in this one would put them back to square one also.

It would set an unwanted record as they would lose their first three home matches of the season for the first time in the club’s history.

Home form has been particularly disappointing thus far as the Hammers have gone down to Bournemouth and newly promoted Wolves.

Pellegrini is hopeful Arnautovic will be passed fit to face the table-toppers across the capital, but Javier Hernandez – a talent rarely fully utilised in his 13 months in East London – is a doubt, while new signing Jack Wilshere is sidelined after surgery.

So is Andy Carroll, so often the scourge of Chelsea in the past, Winston Reid and Manuel Lanzini, all long-term absentees.

Chelsea’s main fitness concerns surround Spanish winger Pedro who sustained a shoulder league in their Europa League tie which was played less than 72 hours before this kicks off.

Chelsea look to extend their unbeaten start in the Premier League season when they face West Ham

Eden Hazard celebrates his goal with Chelsea team-mates

Eden Hazard, who is in such impressive form, and David Luiz were both rested for that tie and will undoubtedly start.

Hazard is in sparkling form, netting a hat-trick in last weekend’s win over newly promoted Cardiff City and continuing from where he left off for Belgium in the summer and the recent international break.

There hasn’t been a better player in the world over the last four months in this observer’s view, but Hazard’s contribution is helping to hide some flaws in the squad Sarri has inherited.

Their transition from a back three, favoured under Antonio Conte, to a back four has yet to properly convince, and potentially a front three of Yarmolenko, Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson could prey on any vulnerability.

Indeed, the Italian boss is surely well aware of those flaws and will need time to address them. For now, though, his high-pressing Sarri ball is progressing well with Hazard and Marcos Alonso – who has been involved in six of Chelsea’s 14 goals so far this term – key down the left flank.

The full/wing-back has also won two penalties and saw a shot deflected into goal in recent weeks, just to highlight his value to the FA Cup holders.

In attack, Olivier Giroud is likely to get the nod once again ahead of Alvaro Morata.


West Ham have won three of the last four home matches against Chelsea in all competitions.

West Ham have only lost two of their last seven meetings against their arch-rivals.

Chelsea are aiming to win their opening six matches for the third time – when they did so in 2005-06 and 2009-10, they won the Premier League on both occasions.

Chelsea have won five of their past six away EPL games.

West Ham took four points off Chelsea last season – winning 1-0 at home and drawing 1-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Betting Tip

West Ham United vs Chelsea Total goal 2-3 @ 2.01
September 23, 20:30 (GMT+8)

Premier League 2018 odds have West Ham very much as outsiders.

1X2 odds price the Hammers @ 5.20, with Chelsea @ 1.61. The draw will pay out an attractive @ 3.85.

It’s a similar position with Asian Handicap odds and West Ham +0.75 @ 2.17.

A particularly appealing bet is Asian Handicap -1.00 Chelsea @ 2.95.

So is First Half Asian Handicap -0.50 Chelsea @ 2.09 and Double Chance West Ham or Draw which will pay out at odds of 2.21.

Over three goals will give you odds of @ 2.00.

A repeat of last season’s 1-0 home victory is Correct Score 1-0 West Ham @ 17.50.

1-1, the scoreline in the encounter at Stamford Bridge in April, offers you odds of @ 7.80.

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