West Ham vs Arsenal Preview, Predictions, Picks, Betting Odds: Moneyline Tempter

Jarrod BowenTwo London rivals meet in this Sunday kick-off, with both West Ham and Arsenal needing the points (9am ET; 2pm GMT). The Hammers have experienced a mixed campaign but the club are in a respectable seventh place in the Premier League and are targeting the minor European places.

For Arsenal, a title challenge is back on track after last weekend’s impressive 3-1 win over Liverpool. It should be an entertaining 90 minutes for the neutral, but can we pick out some winners from the markets? This WHU vs AFC preview, with its betting predictions and picks, certainly aims to.

The moneyline betting lines make Arsenal hot favorites, with the sportsbook section of many stateside online bookmakers offering odds of just 1/2 on the away win. The draw is next at 10/3, while a victory for West Ham is quoted at best industry odds of 5/1.

That victory over Liverpool last time out means that Arsenal have taken ten points from their last six games. Over the same period, West Ham have claimed nine points, so the form guide is a close one. With home advantage added in, could the Hammers upset those match odds?

Bukayo Saka’s recent scoring form has put him at the top of the first goalscorer market. Along with strikers Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah, the England international is quoted at 6/1 to find the net first. Gabriel Martinelli is just behind at 13/2, while Leandro Trossard can be backed at 15/2. West Ham United’s first option in this market is Jarrod Bowen at best industry odds of 10/1, while Danny Ings is at 11/1.

Behind the main strikers, Tomas Soucek is one player we always watch. He is a defensive midfielder who makes useful scoring contributions and he already has eight goals in this campaign. Soucek is available at a top price of 20/1 for the first goal. For Arsenal, former Hammer Declan Rice could be one to watch at his best odds of 16/1.

Moving away from player betting, Both Teams to Score is on offer for Sunday at 3/4 in many places. If you expect one, or both sides to remain goalless, the ‘no’ option on BTTS is available at a top price of 23/20.

Next, we’ll take a look at the Total Goals market, where a bet Over the 2.5 line is listed at best odds of 4/6. If you are expecting an attacking afternoon, you could push that up to Over 3.5 Goals which can be backed at a top price of 17/10. Anyone looking at a dull 90 minutes in East London, could get behind Under 2.5 goals which is on offer at a general 6/5.

Lastly, we’ll list some Correct Score options. If you agree with the bookies’ assessment that the game will end in a comfortable away win, you could opt for Arsenal 3 West Ham 1 at best odds of 12/1. A 2-1 win for the Hammers is quoted at a top price of 18/1, while the 2-2 draw is available at a best of 16/1.

Our Preview’s WHUFC vs AFC Predictions & EPL Game Betting Picks Verdict

The form guide is close, while West Ham United have that home advantage, and it is tempting to back the draw here. The concern is that some of the Hammers’ performances have been especially poor and the club barely threatened in their 3-0 defeat to Manchester United last time out. West Ham were equally toothless in losing to Bristol City in the FA Cup, and they haven’t won in any competition since beating Arsenal in the league on December 28th.

Arsenal’s recent run was highlighted by that emphatic 3-1 win over Premier League leaders Liverpool last weekend, but other results have been less impressive. The Gunners lost at Fulham on New Year’s Eve and we have to take into account that 2-0 home defeat to West Ham in the corresponding fixture last December.

It’s a tight call, but we’ll stay with our initial thoughts and get behind the draw. Arsenal remain vulnerable to poor displays against teams beneath them in the table, while West Ham United tend to raise their game against tougher opponents.

It might be a match where the two defenses stay strong so it’s tempting to look at Under 2.5 goals at that 6/5 price. However, we’ll round off by backing an anytime goal for West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen. He has a solid return of 11 goals in 19 games and looks to be the Hammers’ main attacking threat in Sunday’s fixture. With Arsenal players dominating the scoring markets, the odds about Bowen to score at any time looks generous based on his stats. So these are the betting predictions and EPL matchup picks for this WHUFC vs AFC preview:

  • The draw on the moneyline @ at best odds of +350 (7/2) with BetOnline.
  • Jarrod Bowen to score at any time @ a biggest price of +350 (7/2), again with BetOnline.