Arsenal V West Ham - Opta Preview

Arsenal Highbury Wednesday 24th April West Ham United 34 Games35  ATTACKING 70 Goals scored45 2.06 Ave goals per game1.29 49% Shooting Accuracy43% 15% Goals to shots %12%  PASSING 14,878 Passes13,216 78% Pass completion %73%  DEFENDING 76% Tackle success rate %72% 33 Goals conceded51 0.97 Ave goals conceded per game1.46  DISCIPLINE 569 Fouls535 67 Yellow cards60 6 Red cards3 10,217 Opta Index Score8,943
Arsenal v West Ham United

Arsenal entertain West Ham United on Wednesday night hoping to take another big step towards the Premiership title with three points against their London rivals.

Arsene Wenger's team need just three more wins from their remaining four games to secure the championship for the first time in four years. However they will not find it easy against a Hammers side that are in good form at the moment taking 13 points out of the last 15 available and suffering just one Premiership defeat in their last seven matches.

Many critics tipped the east Londoners for the drop after they elevated coach Glenn Roeder to the manager's chair in the close season. However the former member of the England coaching team has done well in the Hammers hot seat and can look forward to his team securing at least a top 10 place.

Built on the solid foundations of goalkeeper David James - who is likely to be busy with the home team's 49% shooting accuracy the best in the Premiership - the Hammers have gained memorable wins at the likes of Manchester United under Roeder's leadership, but to triumph at Highbury may be too much to ask.

Arsenal are in irresistible form at present, winning their last nine consecutive Premiership games, and although they were made to sweat against lowly Ipswich last weekend, their class shone through in the end.

Wenger, as he has previously stated this campaign, believes his team have the mental strength to win the title, but as is common in football he just wants to take one game at time and is not getting carried away just yet. He knows Wednesday's opponents West Ham will be no pushovers and with the likes of England hopefuls such as Joe Cole and Trevor Sinclair in their ranks, they will have players eager to impress.

But the home side should be too strong. With their superior pass completion rate of 78% - five percentage points better than their visitors - and more prolific strike force Arsenal should be able to brush West Ham aside, and you can get 7/1 on the Gunners repeating their 3-0 success from last season.

They will have to do without hat-trick hero that day, Sylvain Wiltord, who is currently ruled out with a thigh problem, but the likes of Thierry Henry and last Sunday's hero Fredrik Ljungberg are all capable of ruining the Hammers' penultimate away trip of the season.

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Match referee: S. Dunn

Steve Dunn travels to Bristol to take charge of this London derby at Highbury. The experienced official has not cautioned a single player in his last two Premiership outings, but it will be interesting to see if he keeps his cards in his pocket during the game on Wednesday night.

Referee's Name  FoulsPenaltiesYellow CardsRed CardsAve Disc pointsS. Dunn 522 3 51 3 41.29

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Fredi Kanoute is available for selection after missing Saturday's 3-0 win over Sunderland because of a cold.

Paolo di Canio is out for the rest of the season, but Nigel Winterburn is expected to make his 62nd appearance for The Hammers - and take his final bow at Highbury.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has no new injury worries. Sol Campbell is due to return from his hamstring problem against Bolton next Monday while Oleg Luzhny and Sylvain Wiltord are still ruled out.

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Match Result
Arsenal 2/7
Draw 7/2
West Ham 7/1

Correct Score
Arsenal 1-0 8/1
Arsenal 2-0 13/2
Arsenal 2-1 8/1
Arsenal 3-0 7/1
Arsenal 3-1 9/1
Arsenal 3-2 40/1
Arsenal 4-0 11/1
Arsenal 4-1 12/1
Arsenal 4-2 50/1
Arsenal 5-0 20/1
Arsenal 5-1 22/1
Arsenal 6-0 40/1
Arsenal 6-1 50/1
Arsenal 7-0 66/1
Arsenal 7-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 12/1
Draw 1-1 9/1
Draw 2-2 25/1
Draw 3-3 66/1
West Ham 1-0 14/1
West Ham 2-0 33/1
West Ham 2-1 25/1
West Ham 3-0 100/1
West Ham 3-1 100/1
West Ham 3-2 100/1

Double Result
Arsenal/Arsenal 8/13
Arsenal/Draw 18/1
Arsenal/West Ham 50/1
Draw/Arsenal 4/1
Draw/Draw 6/1
Draw/West Ham 15/1
West Ham/Arsenal 28/1
West Ham/Draw 18/1
West Ham/West Ham 15/1

First Goalscorer
T Henry 3/1
N Kanu 5/1
D Bergkamp 5/1
F Jeffers 6/1
F Ljungberg 6/1
J Pennant 12/1
Edu 12/1
P Vieira 16/1
J Inamoto 16/1
R Parlour 16/1
A Cole 25/1
Lauren 25/1
T Adams 25/1
L Dixon 40/1
M Keown 40/1
G Grimandi 40/1
I Stepanovs 66/1
No Scorer 12/1
F Kanoute 8/1
J Defoe 9/1
R Garcia 12/1
T Sinclair 16/1
M Carrick 20/1
J Cole 20/1
L Courtois 28/1
S Moncur 33/1
I Pearce 33/1
S Lomas 33/1
V Labant 40/1
S Minto 50/1
S Schmemel 50/1
H Foxe 50/1
T Repka 66/1
N Winterburn 66/1
C Dailly 66/1

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