Our prediction for this Premier League match:
There will be fireworks when West Ham United and Arsenal lock horns in the London derby. The Hammers aim to put an end to their six-game winless run in all competitions, but their poor defensive display in a 3-0 loss to Manchester United is not fuelling fans with optimism ahead of upcoming challenges. Alphonse Areola should be fit for the match despite picking up a minor injury at the weekend, while both Michail Antonio and Lucas Paqueta remain in the recovery room.
The Gunners, on the other hand, are on a three-game winning run in the English top flight. Arsenal have been scoring goals for fun of late and given their fine performance in a 3-1 win over Liverpool, we predict that Mikel Arteta’s troops are going to pick up all three points from the local derby. The good news for the visitors is that Gabriel Jesus has overcome his injury, while Takehiro Tomiyasu is back from international duty.
Highlighted Player (Tomas Soucek):
Tomas Soucek is a Czech Republic international who plays for both Slavia Prague and the Czech national team. Soucek is a product of Slavia Prague football academy and after spending several years at the likes of Viktoria Zizkov and Slovan Liberec, he returned to the Sinobo Stadium outfit in the 2017/2018 season.
Tomas Soucek has established himself as a first-team regular at Slavia Prague and he made his debut with Czech Republic on November 15, 2016 in a friendly against Denmark. The 192-cm tall midfielder has 13 caps for Czech Republic U21 team as well.
His main position on the field is defensive midfield, but he is used as central midfielder and centre-back as well. Tomas Soucek was born in Havlickuv Brod on February 27, 1995. His preferred foot is right and his contract with Slavia Prague should expire on June 30, 2024.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.