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West Ham United FC vs Arsenal FC, free match prediction 21 Mar 2021

21 Mar 2021 | 20:30 | London, London Stadium
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Intriguing London derby sees top four chasing West Ham take on up and down Arsenal

  • West Ham remain in the hunt for a top four finish
  • The Hammers are three points off 4th place Chelsea, but lost last weekend
  • Arsenal impressively beat Spurs in the North London derby a week ago

West Ham 1-1 Arsenal

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: London, London Stadium

WEST HAM UNITED FC vs ARSENAL FC Match Preview & Analysis

West Ham remain very much in the mix for a top four finish this season, despite losing their game against Manchester United last weekend.

While disappointing for much of that match, the Hammers’ general form has been excellent of late, and are within touching distance of Chelsea in 4th. Should they win here, they’ll go level on points.

They’ve also had the benefit of a week since their last match, an element of rest which is surely much appreciated at this stage of the season.

Arsenal have not had that luxury, being in action in the Europa League in midweek, but they will be boosted by their progress to the quarter finals of the competition, as well as their terrific win over Tottenham in the league last weekend.

In truth, they were the far better side and have enjoyed a fantastic record over the other big teams this season, despite sitting in mid table.

Teams Preview

West Ham United FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WWLWL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Welcome back Jesse Lingard here

     Their eight wins in 2021 is second only to Man City

Reasons to be fearful:

     Have only won eight of the previous 49 meetings with Arsenal

     Haven’t won four home games in a row since 2002

West Ham have a great opportunity to win four consecutive home games in the Premier League for the first time since 2002, though will find it difficult against a confident Arsenal side here.

The home side will have Jesse Lingard back in their ranks, who was unable to play against his parent club Manchester United last weekend – he’s started brightly since he joined on a loan spell in January.

Fans will have been disappointed with they way in which they sat back against Man United last week, showing little sign of taking them game to them, in the first half at least. They went on to lose 1-0, though their recent form has been good.

Other than two defeats against both Manchester clubs, the Hammers are unbeaten since the end of January, and their eight wins since the turn of the year is more than any club other than City.

Star Man – Jesse Lingard

He has four goals and two assists in the six league games since he joined, and will welcomed back into the starting line-up.

Arsenal FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WDWWL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Away points tally this season has already equalled that of last season

     Progressing through in Europe will boost confidence

Reasons to be fearful:

     Bukayo Saka is a doubt here due to a hamstring issue

     Lost eight of their 14 games against sides in the top 10

As usual this season, Arsenal have flattered to deceive at every turn, disappointing fans against sides who a club of their size would be expected to beat, while coming out on top in many of the bigger matches.

They were brilliant against Tottenham last weekend, always looking in control of the match despite going behind early in the piece.

Coming off the back of that game, as well as progressing to the Europa League quarter finals in midweek, you’d think that they would be favourites here, but there just hasn’t been that consistency to Arsenal this season.

They do have a good record against West Ham over the years, but the home side are a far improved outfit this season and will present a huge test here.

Star Man – Alexandre Lacazette

The striker has four goals in his last five appearances against the Hammers.

WEST HAM UNITED FC vs ARSENAL FC Winning Prediction

     Fascinating London encounter

     West Ham need to be positive 

     Can Arsenal continue good form?

West Ham will have the intention of claiming something from this match, however their main thought will be “Don’t get beaten”.

With only three points between them and Chelsea, even a point will be helpful at this stage.

For Arsenal, three points here could set up a late charge for a European spot for next season, though nothing is guaranteed with them at the moment.

West Ham 1-1 Arsenal

Author: Ross B.