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Arsenal v West Ham Prediction : Back the Gunners Free Kicks



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Arsenal host West Ham in the Premier League later this evening in a 8:00pm kick-off at the Emirates Stadium as Brett Curtis brings us his Arsenal vs West Ham match predictions and tips.

Mikel Arteta’s side got their season off to a great start in the opening match of the new Premier League campaign on Saturday. The Gunners ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at promoted side Fulham.

West Ham, however, started dismally with a 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle. David Moyes’ side now embark on a very tricky run of fixtures,

Arsenal are odds-on at 8/15 to win this match. The draw is 7/2, with a West Ham win 9/2.

Given the contrast in moods around the two clubs, the Gunners look good value to gain the three points here. The announcement of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s three-year contract extension sent social media into a frenzy on Tuesday, and understandably so given the Gabon forward’s superb form.

He’s as short as 4/6 to score anytime against the Hammers, although Sky Bet have boosted him to 4/1 to score two or more goals.

Alexandre Lacazette is 5/4 to score for a second game running, with Willian 23/10 to score his first goal for the club after a superb trio of assists on debut last week (both Sky Bet).

For the visitors, Michail Antonio is 11/4 to score his first goal of the season (bet365), although it would not be a major surprise to see Alexandre Haller start through the middle after the Frenchman’s brace in the EFL Cup in midweek against Charlton. He’s 17/5 to score anytime (888 Sport).

With Michael Oliver in the middle I don’t foresee too many cards in this one, but Ryan Fredericks is never a defender who convinces me and he picked up a yellow card against Newcastle last week. He’s 13/5 to do so again here up against a rampant Aubameyang.

In terms of getting more value on the Arsenal win, I’m considering Arsenal to win, Over 0 Corners in each half for Arsenal, and Over 0 Corners in the first-half for West Ham at 4/5.

Arsenal averaged 6.74 corners at home last season, with West Ham averaging 4.95 away from home (with 2.68 of those coming in the first-half), so I can see a few corners racking up for both sides, especially if the game remains relatively tight.

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