West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is once again under pressure after Wednesday night’s 2-0 defeat to Wolves, but they are facing opponents in Arsenal who are in a state of turmoil at the moment.
The Gunners were humbled at home by Brighton midweek, with interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg having failed to lift the squad since the departure of Unai Emery. Monday’s encounter is a good opportunity for the Hammers to get back to winning ways.
Pellegrini will be sweating over the fitness of Michail Antonio ahead of the game. The 29-year-old is struggling with a groin strain that kept him out of the loss to Wolves.
Robert Snodgrass (knock) faces a late fitness test, while Winston Reid (fitness) and Jack Wilshere (groin) are unlikely to feature. Lukasz Fabianski (hip) and Manuel Lanzini (shoulder) remain out of contention.
West Ham’s Predicted XI To Face Arsenal:
Martin, Fredericks, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Yarmolenko, Rice, Noble, Fornals, Anderson, Haller
Arsenal have just two players out with Dani Ceballos (hamstring) and Rob Holding (knee) unavailable for the match.
Arsenal’s Predicted XI:
Leno, Bellerin, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Ozil, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang
The bookmakers have surprisingly gone with the Gunners as favourites with Bet365 pricing them at 21/20 for the win. A draw is 3/1 with Betway while a West Ham victory is 12/5 at Betfred.
Predicted Score – 2-2