West Ham United vs Arsenal recommended bets
West Ham United vs Arsenal match preview
Less than five miles separates the home grounds of these two clubs, you could walk it in under two hours, while a similar timeframe is all that stands between both from a place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
Arsenal come into this one full of confidence, having smashed hopeless Sheffield United 5-0 at the weekend.
Eddie Nketiah bagging his second hat-trick for the club in that one, the first having come in this competition against Sunderland two seasons ago.
Mikel Arteta’s team therefore remain unbeaten in the Premier League thus far, whilst also sitting pretty at the top of their Champions Lee ague, in pole position to qualify as group winners.
In this competition, the Gunners have already won one London derby on the road to get this far, with Reiss Nelson the only scorer at the Brentford Community Stadium in September.
Amazingly, it’s now 31 years since Arsenal’s most-recent League Cup triumph, beaten in three finals, six semi-finals and ten quarter-finals subsequently.
Will they secure another last eight appearance with victory here?
West Ham United meantime are dreaming of lifting this trophy for the very first time, having previously been beaten in the finals of 1966 and 1981 by West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool respectively.
To began this cup run, the Hammers battled to a narrow 1-0 victory over Lincoln City at Sincil Bank, with Tomáš Souček the only scorer.
However, David Moyes’ men come into this tie following a week in which they suffered three successive defeats, beaten by Aston Villa and Everton, whilst also losing to Olympiacos in Piraeus in-between.
Given the Irons’ ongoing Europa League commitments, they’ve grown to love the Thursday-Sunday grind in recent times, the Carabao Cup may not be high on their list of priorities.
This will actually be only the fourth League Cup tie between the pair.
West Ham prevailed in 1966, before Arsenal got through in 1998 and 2017, all, coincidentally enough, played at different venues: Highbury, the Boleyn Ground, the Emirates and now the London Stadium.
The Gunners have only lost one of their last 16 away matches against the Hammers, this a 1-0 defeat in January 2019, with the only goal that day scored by a certain Declan Rice.
Thus, given that both sides are likely to make changes to their line-ups, we make the away side slight-favourites.
West Ham United team news
David Moyes is likely to deploy an XI similar to that he has been fielding in the three Europa League games thus far.
So, Łukasz Fabiański and Konstantinos Mavropanos will face their former clubs, while Thilo Kehrer, Angelo Ogbonna, Pablo Fornals, Saïd Benrahma and Danny Ings will all also come into the XI.
Emerson missed Sunday’s defeat to Everton suspended, so it’s hard to guess whether he or Aaron Cresswell will get the nod at left-back.
Mohammed Kudus started in the Premier League for the first time at the weekend, but is still adapting to his new surroundings.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Fabiański; Kehrer, Ogbonna, Mavropanos, Emerson; Souček, Ward-Prowse, Kudus; Fornals, Benrahma, Ings.
Arsenal team news
Arsenal are without Thomas Partey and Gabriel Jesus, while Emile Smith Rowe sustained a knee injury during Saturday’s win over Sheffield United that’s set to sideline him for around six weeks.
Aaron Ramsdale’s sole appearance since being dropped in September came in the last round at Brentford, while he could have the same back four in front of him here again.
That night, Jakub Kiwior started at left-back while, having been rested at the weekend, Gabriel is likely to start, with William Saliba protected ahead of Saturday’s trip to Tyneside.
At the other end of the field, Eddie Nketiah will be full of confidence, following his hat-trick against Sheffield United, while he’s also prolific in the Carabao Cup, bagging 11 in 13 appearances in this competition.
Fábio Vieira, third round match-winner Reiss Nelson and Leandro Trossard will all come into the team while Declan Rice, facing West Ham for the very first time, is likely to do so from the bench.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Ramsdale; White, Tomiyasu, Gabriel, Kiwior; Elneny, Fábio Vieira, Havertz; Nelson, Trossard, Nketiah.