Arsenal will be aiming to restart their Premier League title challenge following the World Cup break as they take on West Ham United on December 26.
The Premier League returns for its traditional Boxing Day (December 26) schedule after being placed on hold during the Qatar 2022 tournament.
Mikel Arteta’s side are currently leading the way at the top of the Premier League table, with a five-point advantage over defending champions Manchester City, with West Ham in 16th place.
Both teams have been in friendly action in recent weeks, with Arsenal beating Lyon and AC Milan this month, and West Ham securing an impressive win at Udinese.
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What time is Arsenal vs. West Ham United kick off?
This Premier League clash will kick off at the Emirates Stadium on Monday, December 26 at 8:00 p.m local time.
Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:
|Hong Kong||04:00 HKT*|
|New Zealand||09:00 NZDT*|
*Game starts on December 27 in these time zones
Arsenal vs. West Ham United live stream, TV channel
Here’s how to watch all of the action from this match in some of the major territores:
|Australia||Optus Sport 1||Optus Sport|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport||Sky Sports|
|India||—||Star Sports Select|
|Hong Kong||—||now TV|
UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.
USA: The match will be televised on Telemundo (Spanish-language) which can be streamed on fuboTV. The English-language stream can be seen on NBC’s Peacock platform.
Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via fuboTV in Canada.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.
India: Star Sports network has the rights to show Premier League matches in India. As well as an English broadcast on Star Sports Select, select matches will be available via regional feeds on Star Sports 3 (in Bengali, English, Kannada, Malayalam), Star Sports 1 (Bangla) and Star Sports 1 (Tamil).
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Arsenal vs. West Ham lineups
Arsenal’s main post-World Cup injury issue is Gabriel Jesus, with the Brazilian international set to miss at least two months of action following surgery, and Kieran Tierney is also struggling with a minor knock.
Emile Smith-Rowe and Oleksandr Zinchenko are both edging back to full fitness, and could start, with Arteta set to ease his returning players back into action in the coming weeks.
Predicted Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Ramsdale (GK) — Soares, Magalhaes, Holding, White — Xhaka, Partey, Odegaard — Saka, Nketiah, Smith-Rowe
Nayef Aguerd is out for West Ham as he aggravated an ongoing hip issue whilst away with Morocco at the World Cup but Michail Antonio and Maxwell Cornet have both been passed fit to start.
Predicted West Ham XI (4-2-3-1): Fabianski (GK) — Kehrer, Ogbonna, Dawson, Cresswell — Rice, Soucek — Benrahma, Fornals, Bowen — Antonio
Arsenal vs. West Ham betting odds, prediction
The disruption of a mid-season World Cup is likely to play havoc with the Premier League campaign in the coming weeks as teams look to settle back into a rhythm.
However, Arsenal have little room for error, as they aim to keep some distance between themselves and Pep Guardiola’s City in 2023.
The Gunners headed into the break with 13 points from their last five Premier League games, and they will fancy their chances, against a West Ham side with just one Premier League win since mid-October.
Prediction: Arsenal to win 2-1
|West Ham win||+525||11/2||6.40||6.24|
|Over/Under 2.5 goals||-125 /-105||8/11 – 1/1||1.77 – 2.05||1.71 – 2.04|
|Both teams to score Y/N||-120/-110||4/5 – 10/11||1.83 – 1.91||1.80 – 1.81|
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