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For the primary set of festive fixtures, from 26 to twenty-eight December, Chris Sutton is up in opposition to singer and West Ham fan Chesney Hawkes.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-1

Arsenal are 5 factors clear on the the highest of the desk however we’re going to discover out within the subsequent few weeks whether or not they are surely title contenders, aren’t we?

The break most likely got here on the worst potential time for them, due to the shape they have been in, and there is not a extra important participant they may have misplaced to damage than Gabriel Jesus.

Individuals may level at his lack of targets earlier than the World Cup however Jesus is integral to them in the best way they press, and together with his link-up play.

He’s irreplaceable, actually from inside their squad, so the seriousness of his damage will most likely resolve whether or not they attempt to make some signings in January.

I really feel like I’ve backed West Ham to be higher than they’ve been on loads of events already this season, however the one factor they need to be right here is hard to beat.

Chesney’s prediction: 2-2

Arsenal are on hearth in the meanwhile, however West Ham have at all times carried out in opposition to in-form groups. I do know we have not had the best first half to the season, however I’m hoping we will begin enjoying the best way I do know we will play now, beginning right here! It will be a fast-paced recreation with each groups attacking from the beginning. I feel Jarrod Bowen and Gianluca Scamacca will rating for us.

Why West Ham? My father is a Queens Park Rangers fan, however he by no means took my brother and I to any video games.

An in depth household pal, Roger, took Jodie and I to West Ham versus Spurs within the early Eighties. West Ham misplaced, however the Hammers have been doing the Hokey Cokey up and down the aisles. I will always remember that feeling of belonging to a tribe, and we have been hooked from the beginning.

I like West Ham and I’ve handed my love right down to my children. I informed them from the start that in the event that they selected one other staff, they’d have to search out someplace else to stay! Fortunately, they selected properly…

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