Premier League Odds Favor Arsenal Over West Ham: Too Chalky of a Bet or Worth the Risk?

Steven Suarez

Thursday, August 6, 2015 7:17 PM GMT

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 7:17 PM GMT

The Gunners have already won one piece of silverware as they prepare for a visit from West Ham in the two teams' Premier League season opener. Let's check out the soccer odds.

Odds Overview
Who is the biggest Premier League favorite on the soccer odds board for the opening weekend of the season? No it's not the defending champions, Chelsea, nor is it Manchester City or Manchester United. No, it's Arsenal that holds that mantle, with the Gunners priced out at anywhere from -350 up to -400 to win outright.

If you're wanting to take a chance and believe West Ham will put up a good fight and maybe sneak out with a result, the Hammers can be backed in the +800 to +1000 range. A draw can be found at +400 up to +500 depending on the sportsbook.

 

Arsenal
All in all, Gunners fan have to be pretty darn pleased with how their team performed last season. They earned a spot in the top four, thus ensuring more Champions League action, and they took home two trophies by winning both the Community Shield (3-0 over Manchester City) and F.A. Cup.

They were booted from the UCL in the Round of 16 and went home early (third round) in the Capital One Cup, but overall it was a solid campaign from Arsene Wenger and his crew. And, with further additions over the summer which should only strengthen the squad, we should be expecting more good things from Arsenal in 2015-16. The Gunners have already taken home one title, as they once again took the Community Shield with a win over Chelsea.

Let's run over the transfers that were made by Arsenal ahead of the new campaign. Lukas Podolski and Abou Diaby were a couple notable names to leave, but the Gunners solidified the goalkeeper position by inking a deal with Petr Cech, and they're also rumored to be close to bringing Karim Benzema to London too. That'd be an amazing addition to a team that already has tons of talent.

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West Ham
Last season was nothing to write home about for the Hammers. They finished a forgettable 12th in the Premier League and didn't really make a legitimate push for any cup trophies either. They lost in the fifth round of the F.A. Cup and were sent home very early in the Capital One Cup, falling in only the second round. Diafra Sakho led all West Ham players with 11 total goals, 10 of which came in league action.

There have been changes at the club, with Stewart Downing the most notable player to have moved on. The Hammers were active over the summer, however, as they reached deals with Dimitri Payet, Angelo Ogbonna, Carl Jenkinson and Pedro Obiang among others.

Payet figures to be a big part of West Ham's plans this coming season after having a big-time impact at Marseille in recent seasons. Sakho also will be heavily involved in the attack for Slaven Bilic.

 

Premier League Pick
It's fair to say the Gunners have been very impressive throughout their preseason preparations, and their summer additions have bolstered an already strong squad. Injuries have hurt Arsenal in recent seasons, but it looks like the depth is there for Wenger's group to weather the storm and emerge as a legitimate title contender in 2015.

Needless to say, we like the Gunners' chances of winning comfortably, even against a solid West Ham outfit. Arsenal's firepower should prove to be too much for the Hammers to cope with for the full 90+ minutes, especially away from home.

So, with our soccer picks, we'll be adding Arsenal to win by at least two goals, which should help us avoid having to take on a lot of chalk for opening weekend.

Premier League Soccer Pick: Arsenal 2 West Ham 0 

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