West Ham vs. Arsenal Betting Tips: Saka a huge price for a card on Sunday
By the time Arsenal travel to West Ham on Sunday afternoon, Manchester City may have narrowed the gap at the top of the table to just three points. The Gunners can’t afford any slip-up in the capital and we’ve provided you with two bets for the game including a player to be carded at 8/1.
Arsenal’s record away from home this season makes for good reading for those who are backing Mikel Arteta’s side. Away from The Emirates this campaign they have played 15 matches and have W11 D2 L2. Unsurprisingly they are the favourites to collect three points at The London Stadium, with just 11/20 on show with most betting sites including bet365.
West Ham travelled to Belgium in the Europa Conference League and managed a 1-1 draw with Gent in the first leg of their quarter-final tie. It feels strange to think that The Hammers could win a European trophy this season but still be relegated to The Championship, but with league fixtures still to play against Man City, Man United, Liverpool and Arsenal here on Sunday, there is plenty of work for David Moyes’ men to do in order to secure their survival in the top-flight.
West Ham vs Arsenal Tips
We are big fans of the player fouls market here at BettingOdds.com and for our first bet on Sunday, we’ve combined two players for the hosts to give away at least one in the match.
Thilo Kehrer and Jarrod Bowen are the players on the radar and pairing them using the Betfair Sportsbook or Paddy Power pays just north of 5/4 at the time of writing.
Kehrer has given away 1+ foul in 12 of his last 14 starts for West Ham, clearing the 2+ line in five of those in that period. The West Ham right-back will go up against Gabriel Martinelli in this game, with the Brazilian averaging over a foul per game drawn this term.
Jarrod Bowen is another player we have been pretty bullish on in the fouls market in recent months. The 26-year-old has conceded at least one foul in 11 of his last 14 league appearances, and with plenty of defensive duties on the agenda against The Gunners, we fancy him to make it 12 in 15.
We’ve also picked out a player to be carded and we think it’s worth highlighting that 8/1 is available with several firms such as LiveScoreBet and 10Bet, for Bukayo Saka to be carded by referee David Coote.
Saka may not be the first name that pops into your head when you think of card culprits from North London, but he has collected more yellows than any other member of the Arsenal squad this season.
In total Saka has seven yellow cards to his name, with six of those being in the Premier League. However, digging a bit further and we can see that 100% of Saka’s cards this season have arrived in away matches. With six yellows in 15 away league matches this season, the 8/1 about another on Sunday simply looks too big. It’s also worth noting that only Gabriel Martinelli (34), has conceded more fouls for Arsenal this season than Saka (33).
As mentioned above, David Coote will be the man in the middle for this game. Last season, of all the top-flight officials to have taken control of five or more matches, Coote ranked top for yellow cards shown, with the highest average of 4.60 per game.