ODDSTRACKER: A six-goal thriller to remember at the London Stadium that saw dramatic odds changes throughout.
The Premier League is well known for its fair share of thrilling comebacks.
Whether it be Liverpool’s 4-3 triumph over Newcastle in 1996 or the Magpies overturning a four-goal half-time deficit against Arsenal, the English top-flight has seen some of the most unlikely comebacks – and we witnessed another on Sunday afternoon at the London Stadium.
In what looked a tight London derby on paper, West Ham faced Arsenal in a game that could have a big say on Champions League qualification this season.
The odds compilers agreed with the Gunners were marginal favourites at 2.2, West Ham 3.25 for the win, while the draw was available at 3.4.
Hammers fans might have been concerned about the thought of facing the potent Arsenal attacking line, but they shouldn’t have worried as their side raced into an early two-goal lead.
Strikes from Jesse Lingard and Jarrod Bowen inside the first 17 minutes put the home side in firm control with David Moyes’ side now just 1.25 for victory.
It got even better for West Ham 15 minutes later as Tomáš Souček diverted Michail Antonio’s header past Bernd Leno to make it 3-0.
The third goal saw the hosts shorten into just 1.06, with Arsenal 46 and the draw also an outside chance at 17.
However, just before the break, Alexandre Lacazette gave his side a glimmer of hope with a well-timed finish.
As the half-time whistle blew, West Ham were still expected to close out the victory at 1.15, with a draw now 8.5 and an Arsenal victory 19.
Things turned again soon after, though, as a Craig Dawson own goal put the Gunners right back into it.
The unfortunate moment for the former Watford defender saw a West Ham win drift to 1.5 and the odds on a draw shorten significantly to 3.6.
Despite the two goals against them, West Ham looked to have steadied the ship and gave little away until with eight minutes of normal time left Lacazette’s header restored parity and completed the most unlikely of comebacks.
Is this a moment that Moyes and Co will rue for the rest of the season? Only time will tell.