Date: 21 March 2021
Time: 07:30 PM (IST)
Venue: London Stadium, London
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The return of Premier league on Sunday will see two London sides go up against one another as West Ham United will welcome Arsenal at the London Stadium. While the home team will be geared up to get all the points after a decent rest and a loss in the last game, the visitors from Northern end of the city will come on the back of a Europa League win.
West Ham United have enjoyed the season so far and currently sit at 5th in the points table. On the other hand, Arteta is having a tough time as Arsenal sit at 10th in the tally. A win for West Ham will get them level on points with 4th placed Chelsea, while an away victory for Arsenal will see them go above Aston Villa in the league table.
West Ham United
The game against Arsenal will be a tough test for David Moyes as the team will be without many crucial players on Sunday. The Hammers will miss Andriy Yarmolenko, Angelo Ogbonna, Pablo Fornals, and Arthur Masuaku from their ranks. On contrary, Jesse Lingard will be back to the matchday squad and bolster side’s attacking.
The Gunners will be missing only Bukayo Saka from the team sheet for the game against West Ham United. While Saka has arguably one of the best performers for the side, the team is still better off in terms of squad availability when compared to West Ham United. Moreover, with Martin Odegaard gradually getting his form back, Arteta’s men will be optimistic for the trip.
Over the years, London derbies have always entertained the fans, and one can expect the same from this fixture. Both the sides rely more on attacking than defending, and therefore, the game has a high probability of having more than one goal. However, with West Ham United lacking many players, the Gunners have stronger chances of getting all the points from the game.
For Fantasy team, it will be ideal to make a team with more attackers than defenders as game seems to be promising in terms of goals.
Probable Playing XI
West Ham United
Fabianski; Diop, Dawson, Cresswell; Coufal, Noble, Rice, Soucek, Johsnon; Bowen, Lingard.
Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Holding, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Pepe, Odegaard, Aubameyang; Lacazette.
Goalkeepers: Fabianski, Leno
Defenders: Cresswell, Dawson, Tierney, Bellerin
Midfielders: Soucek, Rice, Odegaard, Pepe
Forwards: Lingard, Bowen, Aubameyang, Lacazette