There’s a London derby in the Premier League on Saturday evening as in-form Arsenal host West Ham United.
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners started the new campaign as they ended the last one, winning at Wembley, having beaten Liverpool on penalties in the Community Shield after winning the FA Cup final last season.
They’ve continued that momentum into the new Premier League campaign with an impressive and dominant display to beat newly-promoted Fulham 3-0 away last weekend. It’s early days but Arsenal are looking on the ascendancy and set to improve on last term’s 8th-place finish - their lowest placing since 1995.
Centre-half Gabriel Magalhaes marked his debut with an assured performance at Craven Cottage, getting on the end of a set-piece to mark the occasion with a goal, while comfortably keeping a clean sheet at the other end. Expect him to feature in the centre of a back three once again here as Pablo Mari and David Luiz remain sidelined - it could be an unchanged XI from Arteta.
The hosts are strong favourites to get three points here. They’re just 1/2 for the win, while a draw is priced at 10/3 and West Ham have long odds of 9/2 (Betfair Sportsbook) - while another Gunners win to nil is 7/4.
Those odds are no doubt influenced by West Ham’s flat display last Saturday night, losing 2-0 at home to Newcastle United. Still, David Moyes has a fully-fit squad at his disposal, while a comfortable 3-0 victory over Charlton in midweek will have boosted confidence.
We recommend backing Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang here. The Gabon international will be in high spirits after signing a new deal with the Gunners, and he’s been in especially fine form of late, with eight goals in his last six competitive appearances.
Paddy Power back the 31-year-old striker to score two or more goals here at odds of 3/1 - which is certainly worth considering when you look at how poorly West Ham performed last time out.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change