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West Ham vs. Arsenal: visitors ‘narrowly tipped’ to bounce back with three points

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Arsenal head to West Ham on Monday night at 20:00 GMT having suffered a surprise 2-1 home defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion in their last league outing.

West Ham, meanwhile, were comfortably outplayed in a 2-0 away defeat to Wolves.

Neither side are in good form whatsoever: Arsenal have failed to win in the league for over two months, while West Ham have won just once since the third weekend of September.

It’s unsurprising, then, that both sides disappointingly find themselves in the bottom half, having been expected to fight for the European spots before the season started.

Both teams to score is as short as 2/5 with neither side impressing in defence at the moment.

The bookmakers have narrowly tipped Arsenal to win the match, with the Gunners priced at evens to gain a huge three points, which would lift them into the top half on goal difference.

The draw is 23/10, with a home win for West Ham 3/1.

Arsenal have failed to win away from home in the league since the first day of the season at Newcastle, while West Ham have not won at home since beating Manchester United 2-0 in September.

Throw in the likelihood of goals and there’s perhaps value on a score draw here.

1-1 is 9/1 and 2-2 is 12/1. The latter looks value given that five of Arsenal’s 15 league games have ended 2-2 this season.

To cover both these scorelines or an even higher score draw, both teams to score and the draw combined is 3/1.

A point would not be the end of the world for either side as respective managers Manuel Pellegrini and Freddie Ljungberg attempt to stop the rot which has recently set in at their clubs.

One man who could take the game away from West Ham to the benefit of Arsenal, however, is their captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has scored six of the Gunners’ seven away goals in the Premier League this season.

Aubameyang is 3/4 to score anytime, and 11/4 to open the scoring.

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