Fri | Aug 18, 2017

WEST HAM VS ARSENAL

Published:Friday | April 8, 2016 | 4:00 AM

WEST HAM (4-2-3-1)

ADRIAN, ANTONIO, REID, OGBONNA, CRESSWELL,

KOUYATE, NOBLE,

EMENIKE, LANZINI, PAYET, SAKHO

WELBECK, IWOBI, OZIL, SANCHEZ,

COQUELIN, ELNENY,

MONREAL, KOSCIELNY, GABRIEL, BELLERIN,

CECH

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)

Two London rivals clash both needing to win. West Ham were hoping to finish in the top four and bring Champions League football to their new Olympic Stadium next season but, with seven games left, they are on 51 points, three points outside the top four.

Even if they fail to break into the top four, they could still qualify for the Europa League. But they face a team with an outside chance of winning the Barclays Premier League, with Arsenal in third spot, albeit a massive 11 points adrift of leaders Leicester City.

West Ham could be forgiven for having one eye on their FA Cup final quarter-final replay, against Manchester United, which takes place at the Boleyn Stadium the following Wednesday.

The Hammers are unbeaten in their last six league games, taking 12 points from the 18 available but, in their last season at the Boleyn, they are unbeaten since August, winning seven and drawing seven of the last 14 there in the league.

On the opening day of the league season the Hammers shocked Arsenal with a 2-0 win, but at the Boleyn Arsenal have a good record, with nine wins and six draws from 17 visits.

The Gunners have 11 goals in their last four there, all wins, and last lost there in November 2006.

West Ham were set to miss the banned Cheikhou Kouyate, red-carded in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last weekend, but the dismissal was overturned on appeal.

Arsenal, meanwhile, miss Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere, but goalkeeper Petr Cech could return.