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There is a London derby taking place in the Premier League on Wednesday evening as Arsenal entertain West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium.
This fixture was due to take place on Boxing Day, but problems with travel meant it had to be rearranged. Both sides could do with a result here and neither are in great form right now.
Arsenal have lost two big matches in a row, whereas West Ham have only won once in their last seven Premier League encounters.
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With this being at the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners know they simply have to win, especially as they are seven points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur, who currently occupy that all important final Champions League spot.
Failure to take all three points here would leave the North Londoners with a lot of work to do and it would really frustrate the home fans.
The problem at the moment is that they are failing to starting a game well. They were 2-0 inside 16 minutes in the defeat at Chelsea on Sunday, so never really looked like taking anything from the game.
With a price of 4/9 generally available on the home win there are sure to be plenty of punters biting their fingernails.
Arsene Wenger’s men then performed well in the second half and got a goal back through Theo Walcott, but they had left themselves too much to do and the game ended 2-1.
The England star has bagged a new £100,000 per week contract at the Emirates and looks a decent shout at 4/1 to find the net first, considering his more advanced role.
Wenger has to get his team to start well in this one as the Emirates will not be a nice place if they go a goal down. They must give the fans something to cheer about and the likes of Walcott and Santi Cazorla have to be at their best to get the Arsenal faithful off their seats.
As for West Ham, their recent poor form hasn’t dragged them into the relegation battle just yet as they are right points clear of the bottom three, so will be thankful for their superb start in the Premier League.
Sam Allardyce will do all he can to make this a tough evening for Arsenal and might come here with a point on his mind. The Hammers could make a solid defensive performance the priority tonight and their price of 7/1 on the away win surely looks too big to ignore.
They do have players who can cause the opposition problems as well, such as Joe Cole, who seems to be loving his time back in the capital. The former Liverpool man is enjoying his football again and he is more than capable of having a big impact on this game.
It is going to be a tough evening for West Ham, but they have shown this season what a strong side they are and with Arsenal not at their best right now, the East Londoners should be confident of claiming at least a point in this one.
With this being a London derby and the two teams likely to play contrasting styles of football, it certainly makes for an interesting 90 minutes of action. Arsenal will be expected to take the spoils, but you just don’t know what you are going to get from them at the moment.
At the Liberty Stadium Swansea or Chelsea will be looking to join Bradford at Wembley in the Capital Cup Final as the Swans look to protect their 2-0 lead. Rafa Benitez is sure to field an attacking line up and the 4/5 on the away win is sure to appeal to plenty of punters.
The action all gets underway from 7.45PM on Wednesday evening.