Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Ham United vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – West Ham United vs. Arsenal

Venue: London Stadium – Saturday, December 3 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET) 

Match Odds: West Ham 4/1 – Draw 16/5 – Arsenal 4/6

Match Preview

West Ham host Arsenal at the London Stadium on Saturday evening in the first ever Premier League London derby at the Hammers’ new ground.

Both sides were in EFL Cup action in midweek and both were dumped out of the competition – West Ham losing 4-1 away at Man United, while Arsenal suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Southampton.

But attentions now turn back to Premier League action and this is an important game for the Hammers who need to gain confidence – winning a big game like this could give them the lift they need.

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Slaven Bilic’s side are just one point and two places above the drop zone after 13 games, following a disappointing start to the season, although the move to a new ground could be seen as a major reason for struggling.

West Ham recorded two consecutive wins in October, but have since gone on a run of four league games without victory (D2, L2), although they have stemmed the flow of defeats, losing just two of their last seven (W2, D3).

Arsenal returned to winning ways with a 3-1 success in a tricky game at home to Bournemouth last weekend and while they’ll be disappointed to lose in the EFL Cup in midweek, it was never a priority this season.

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The Gunners are still yet to lose a league game since the opening day defeat to Liverpool (W8, D4) and will come into this game as favourites, given their opponents’ inconsistency.

Arsene Wenger’s side are also undefeated away from home in all competitions this season, so they’ll be hoping to continue their impressive run to keep in touch with the front-runners.

The last meeting between these two sides was a thrilling 3-3 draw at Upton Park back in April. West Ham have only beaten Arsenal once in their last 16 attempts in the league (D3, L12), although that did come at the Emirates last season when they won 2-0.

Team News

West Ham will be without Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio after both suffered groin injuries in midweek. Diafra Sakho (thigh) and Sam Byram (hamstring) are also out, while Andy Carroll and Arthur Masuaku could return to the squad.

Arsenal’s familiar problem with injuries is no different this season. They will be without Mathieu Debuchy after he suffered a hamstring injury last weekend, while Olivier Giroud (groin) is a doubt. Santi Cazorla has undergone ankle surgery and will be sidelined for a further three months. Hector Bellerin (ankle) remains out, while Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck (both knee) are long-term absentees. Mohamed Elneny was taken off early in midweek, reportedly suffering with illness, but will hope to be fit for action this weekend.

Key Points

West Ham’s last five: W/L/D/L/D

Arsenal’s last five: D/W/D/D/W

Key Stat: The Gunners are unbeaten in eight league visits to West Ham (W6, D2).

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – The Chilean doesn’t even seem to need to play well to produce results. He didn’t have his greatest game last weekend, yet he still netted twice and proved to be the difference for Arsenal. That’s the sign of a world-class player. His work ethic is above anyone’s and he could be crucial once again.

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Score Prediction

West Ham 1-2 Arsenal – This is always a tough game to call. But Arsenal will sense an opportunity as Man City and Chelsea play each other, so there is a chance to make up some ground on at least one of them. The Hammers are still struggling to find their feet at the London Stadium and they could be exposed again if the Gunners perform how we all know they can on their day.


Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Tottenham

Competition: Premier League – Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Saturday, 26 November – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Chelsea 8/11 – Draw 14/5 – Spurs 18/5

Match Preview

Chelsea face Spurs in what is a huge Premier League clash between the two London rivals on Saturday evening, with Tottenham looking to end a 26-year wait for a win at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea come into the weekend at the top of the table and have won six on the bounce, keeping a clean sheet in each of those victories.

Antonio Conte has the Blues looking like genuine title contenders and they’ll be looking to continue to prove their credentials with a win against Spurs here. They’ve won more games against Tottenham than against any other Premier League side and are rightly favourites.

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Last season’s meeting between these two was dubbed ‘The Battle of the Bridge’ after 12 players were booked in a fierce contest and an equally hostile clash is expected on Saturday.

Spurs arrive at Chelsea after being eliminated from the Champions League following their 2-1 loss at AS Monaco on Tuesday evening.

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Their dramatic 3-2 win over West Ham last weekend already seems a distant memory and all focus is now on this huge clash. Spurs remain unbeaten in the Premier League but know this will probably be their toughest test of the season so far.

It’s been 26 years since Spurs last won at Stamford Bridge. 16 of Tottenham’s first-team squad weren’t even born then, while the Premier League hadn’t even been formed.

Team News

Chelsea will soon be able to welcome back Kurt Zouma from his long-term injury but he is lacking match fitness and probably won’t be in the squad here. The same applies for Marco Van Ginkel, who is close to being match ready. But Antonio Conte is unlikely to make any changes to his side, with the 3-4-3 formation proving impossible for opposition sides to cope with.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino made four changes for the Champions League defeat in Monaco on Tuesday but the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Kyle Walker will come back in to the starting lineup here. Danny Rose is suspended, while Ben Davies is injured so Vertonghen will have to fill in at left-back, with Kevin Wimmer likely to start alongside Eric Dier in the heart of the Tottenham defence. Erik Lamela and Toby Alderweireld remain injured, while Harry Winks will be hoping for a third successive start after impressing against West Ham last weekend.

Key Points

Chelsea’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

Tottenham’s last five: D/D/D/D/W

Key Stat: Tottenham have not won any of their last 29 trips to Stamford Bridge. They last won at Chelsea on February 10, 1990 – 26 years ago.

Key Player: Eden Hazard scored the equaliser in the last meeting between these sides to hand the Premier League title to Leicester. He has now scored in four of his last five against Spurs and is in great form heading into the tie.

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Score Prediction

Chelsea 2-0 Spurs – Spurs might be unbeaten in league play this season but they are heading to the Premier League’s in-form team and fierce London rivals. Their Champions League defeat in midweek, coupled with injuries to key players, leaves them in a vulnerable position. Chelsea, on the other hand, are looking unstoppable and haven’t conceded a goal in over two months. Home win.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Tottenham

Competition: Premier League – Chelsea FC vs. Tottenham Hotspur FC

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Monday, May 2 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Chelsea 13/8 – Draw 12/5 – Tottenham 6/4

Match Preview

Chelsea face Tottenham in the latest Premier League London derby on Monday night, with the Blues looking to further dent Spurs’ fading title hopes.

The title race could actually be over by the time this game kicks off. If Leicester beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, they will seal the title and that will slightly reduce the importance of this game.

However, clashes between Chelsea and Spurs are always important for both sets of fans and this is expected to be an intense battle, even if the end of the season is near.

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The Blues have had a year to forget but they did beat Bournemouth 4-1 in their last fixture. Winning a first home league game since February will now be the aim on Monday.

Spurs have had an incredible season and even if they miss out on the title, fans have plenty of reason for optimism for years ahead.

Mauricio Pochettino has done an incredible job and has reportedly agreed to a new five-year contract with the club.

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The Lilywhites are unbeaten in seven and have only lost one of their last ten London derbies in the Premier League (W5 D4 L1).

However, Chelsea will be confident of avoiding defeat, having not lost at home to Spurs in the league for 26 years.

Team News

Chelsea will be without Thibaut Courtois as he serves the second of his two-game ban so Asmir Begovic will continue between the sticks. Kurt Zouma and Loic Remy both remain sidelined with injuries, while John Terry and Gary Cahill are doubts.

Tottenham will be without Dele Alli for the remainder of the season after he was handed a three-game ban for violent conduct in last week’s 1-1 draw with West Brom. Eric Dier is a doubt with concussion, while Nabil Bentaleb is definitely out.

Key Points

Chelsea’s last five: D/W/L/L/W

Tottenham’s last five: W/D/W/W/D

Key Stat: Tottenham have not beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League since 1990, winning 17 and drawing eight of the 25 games since.

Key Player: Harry Kane – Tottenham’s goal machine has 13 goals in his last 14 league outings and has netted five in his last three on the road. He seems to thrive in London derbies and Chelsea will need to mark him tightly.

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Score Prediction

Chelsea 1-2 Tottenham – This should be a tight affair despite the 18-point gap between the two sides. Chelsea will look to end the season as strongly as they can, while also looking to beat their local rivals. Tottenham, though, have proved to be a real force all season and will be out to finish the campaign as best they can after last week’s disappointing 1-1 draw with West Brom.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea

Venue: White Hart Lane – Sunday, November 29 – 12:00 GMT (07:00 ET)

Match Odds: Spurs 6/4 – Draw 12/5 – Chelsea 7/4

Match Preview

Tottenham host Chelsea in the latest clash between the London rivals in what is another massive fixture for both sides.

Spurs have proved to be very solid so far this season and have the longest unbeaten streak in the Premier League still alive, having not lost for 12 games since the opening day defeat to Manchester United.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have the second best defensive record in the Premier League so far and will see Sunday’s game with Chelsea as another ideal opportunity to prove their credentials.

Tottenham’s Premier League record: P13 – W6 – D6 – L1

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They beat West Ham 4-1 at White Hart Lane last Sunday and will be hoping for a similar result against their London rivals this weekend, though they did have to travel to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag on Thursday and could be tired after that 1-0 win.

Chelsea travel to Spurs as underdogs – something that’s rarely said going into this fixture. Their terrible start to the season has left many doubting them on a weekly basis and they can expect another real test on Sunday.

They managed to end a three-game losing streak in the league by beating Norwich 1-0 last Saturday and then followed that up with a 4-0 Champions League victory at Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday so they might have turned a corner.

Chelsea’s Premier League record: P13 – W4 – D2 – L7

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Jose Mourinho is still under pressure though and he will be seeking revenge against Spurs for their 5-3 loss at White Hart Lane back in January.

Tottenham have only won one of their last 12 games against the Blues in all competitions and will be hoping home comforts can help them beat their rivals for a second successive season.

Team News

Tottenham will be without young star Dele Alli as he will serve a one-game suspension as a result of yellow card accumulation. Moussa Dembele could therefore drop deeper in midfield, allowing Christian Eriksen to play behind Kane. Nacer Chadli and Alex Pritchard remain sidelined through injury, while Erik Lamela is a doubt after missing the midweek trip to Qarabag.

Chelsea will still be without Thibaut Courtois, though the young ‘keeper is nearing a return to action. Radamel Falcao also misses out, with John Terry a major doubt after limping off in the Blues’ win in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Cesc Fabregas and Ramires are both doubts but should be passed fit.

Key Points

Tottenham’s last five: D/W/W/D/W

Chelsea’s last five: W/L/L/L/W

Key Stat: Chelsea have not won back-to-back Premier League games this season.

Key Player: Harry Kane – Impossible to overlook the English striker. He seems to thrive in London derbies and found the net twice in that 5-3 win against Chelsea last season. Expect him to be a real threat.

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Score Prediction

Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea – This is a huge game for both clubs but Spurs should just edge it as they have been excellent this season and boast the best home form in the division. Chelsea will look to trouble their rivals but having already beaten City and West Ham 4-1 at White Hart Lane, Tottenham will be confident.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham vs West Ham United

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United

Venue: White Hart Lane – Sunday, November 22 – 16:00 GMT (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Tottenham 8/15 – Draw 16/5 – West Ham 5/1

Match Preview

Tottenham welcome West Ham United to White Hart Lane on Sunday in what has the makings of a London derby not to be missed.

Spurs are in a great run of form, unbeaten in their last 11 league games, losing just the once on the opening day.

Tottenham come into this one off the back of their 1-1 draw against Arsenal before the international break. This was a good point but they could have easily taken all three, having outplayed the home side for the large majority of the match.

If Spurs are to make a serious charge for the top four this season these are the sort of games they must win, but it is going to be a tough ask for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

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West Ham sit in a very respectable sixth place, only behind Spurs on goal-difference after their impressible start to the season.

They have already proved they have what it takes to win tough games against the top teams this season, with wins against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.

West Ham’s away form has been impeccable. They have four wins, one draw and one loss on the road, so are proving a nightmare for home sides to deal with.

This is a huge game for both sides as they are in great form. West Ham are without Dimitri Payet, which is a real concern for them, as he has been so instrumental this season.

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Team News

Tottenham could be without as many as six players for this one. Nacer Chadli and Alex Pritchard are out, while Moussa Dembele, Nabil Bentaleb and Clinton N’Jie are doubts. Erik Lamela is suspended. Pochettino has some key players missing here and will be hoping Dembele can feature in the game given his fantastic run of form. Dele Alli will be looking to start once again after his performances earned him a place in the England starting lineup and scoring a wonder goal against France in midweek.

West Ham could also be without six players. James Collins is suspended, while Enner Valencia and Dimitri Payet are out. Alex Song, Pedro Obiang and Darren Randolph are doubtful. Payet will be huge miss for West Ham. The Frenchman has netted five goals so far this season and been key to their success.

Key Points

Tottenham’s last five in the Premier League: D/D/W/W/D

West Ham’s last five in the Premier League: D/W/W/L/D

Key Stat: Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 11 outings. They will be expecting to continue their great run of form.

Key Player: Harry Kane – The Englishman looks to have his magic touch back in front of goal, having netted five in his last three. He will be looking to cause problems for the away side here.

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Score Prediction

Tottenham 2-1 West Ham – A real close tie that we expect the hosts to just edge. With key players missing it will be interesting to see who steps up to the mark for both sides.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: QPR vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Queens Park Rangers vs Arsenal

Venue: Loftus Road – Wednesday, March 4th – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: QPR 9/2 – Draw 100/30 – Arsenal 8/15

Match Preview

Queens Park Rangers welcome Arsenal to Loftus Road on Wednesday night for a London derby that has implications for both sides at opposite ends of the Premier League table.

QPR are currently 18th and positioned ominously in the relegation zone. However, they do have two games in hand over 17th placed Aston Villa and one game in hand over 19th placed Burnley as the battle for survival intensifies.

Arsenal recovered from last week’s devastating Champions League knockout round first-leg defeat at home to Monaco with a hard fought 2-0 win over Everton on Sunday as they look to keep on track for a top-four finish.

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Stand-in managerial team Chris Ramsey and Kevin Bond inspired QPR to an impressive 2-0 away win at Sunderland three weeks ago, but that’s the club’s only win in their last nine Premier League games (D2, L6). They also haven’t recorded a victory over any team in the top 12 this season.

The Hoops will be looking to take inspiration from their relatively good home form though, as 19 out of their 22 points have come when playing at Loftus Road.

Arsenal have been in good Premier League form with nine wins from their last 12 games, which has lifted them up to third place and the Gunners are now just four points behind Manchester City.

However, it’s still very tight and the chasing pack will be ready to pounce on any slip-ups with just seven points separating Arsene Wenger’s side and seventh-placed Tottenham who also have a game in hand.

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Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky helped Arsenal to a 2-1 win over QPR in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day, with Charlie Austin’s late penalty setting up a nervy finish, but the Gunners held on.

Loftus Road is one of the smaller pitches in the Premier League and QPR will try and make life difficult for Arsenal with a tight, compact performance, as they did back in March 2012 when a Samba Diakite strike helped them beat the Gunners 2-1.

Team News

QPR will be without skipper Joey Barton who is serving a three-match ban following his red card at Hull. Leroy Fer (knee), Richard Dunne (knee), and Alejandro Faurlin (knee) will all miss out through injury. Nedum Onuoha, Mauricio Isla, Niko Kranjcar and Sandro could return to the squad following injuries.

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Arsenal are still without the injured Mikel Arteta (ankle), Mathieu Debuchy (shoulder), Abou Diaby (calf), Mathieu Flamini (hamstring) and Jack Wilshere (ankle). Midfielder Aaron Ramsey will return to the squad following injury. Francis Coquelin took a knock to the face against Everton at the weekend and will be checked over by medical staff but will need to wear a protective face mask should he play.

Key Points

QPR’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/L/W/L

Arsenal’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/W/W/W

Key Stat: The last five Premier League games between QPR and Arsenal have finished 1-0 or 2-1 to either side, so we can expect a tight encounter.

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Key Player: Charlie Austin – The Englishman has notched 14 goals this season and QPR will need their free-scoring striker to be at his absolute best if they’re to get anything from the game. He can cause problems for any defence on his day so Arsenal will have to be wary of the threat Austin poses.

Score Prediction

QPR 1-2 Arsenal – This may not be a free-flowing classic and Arsenal may have to grind out a result against a QPR side fighting for their lives.