As West Ham prepares to face Arsenal in the Premier League this afternoon, they must make a tactical decision.
David Moyes’ record against the established big six is weak – one victory and seven losses in ten – as evidenced by last weekend’s dreary 1-0 loss to Manchester United, but can they afford to take it easy on an Arsenal side in tenth place?
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta may have to rethink his priorities, with the Europa League likely to provide a smoother path to success, though they must be careful of the danger posed by Leicester and Rangers’ former opponents Slavia Prague.
Date, time, and location
Today, March 21, 2021, at 3 p.m. GMT, West Ham United will face Arsenal.
The Hammers have been prolific in front of goal at the London Stadium, and Al Hain-Cole expects plenty of action when Mikel Arteta’s side comes to town on Sunday. West Ham will be looking to draw level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea when they host Arsenal at the London Stadium on Sunday.
The Hammers’ Champions League hopes have been harmed by two losses in their last three league games, which have left them three points adrift of the top four, despite having a game in hand.
Arsenal vs West Ham United: Latest Odds
They are, however, 9/5 (2.80) with bet365 to close the gap with a convincing victory over their London rivals.
How to watch the game on TV: Today’s game will be broadcast on /Sky Sports.
Sky Sports subscribers can watch the match live online via the Sky Sports website or the Sky Go app.
News from the team
After being unable to face parent club Manchester United last weekend, Jesse Lingard, who was named in the England squad this week, will return to West Ham.
While Angelo Ogbonna, Arthur Masuaku, and Andriy Yarmolenko are still recovering from injuries, Pablo Fornals may be forced to sit out again.
Fabianski, Coufal, Diop, Dawson, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Benrahma, Antonio, Lingard, Martin, Fredericks, Balbuena, Johnson, Alves, Noble, Lanzini, Odubeko, Trott; West Ham provisional squad: Fabianski, Coufal, Diop, Dawson, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Benrahma, Antonio, Lingard, Martin,
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has been declared fit after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Willian (calf) was also absent from Thursday’s Europa League defeat to Olympiacos, and he could be sidelined once more.