Mark Lawrenson is famous among West Ham United fans for rarely backing their team to win.

During the memorable Farewell Boleyn season – when West Ham narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification by four points after a league high of 14 draws – it was calculated that Lawrenson’s predictions over the course of the campaign would have seen them battling relegation.

But the BBC Sport pundit is backing David Moyes to go for it against Arsenal and be rewarded.

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New hope for West Ham in relegation battle

West Ham lifted themselves out of the relegation zone with a fine 3-1 win over Southampton last time out.

But they only remain there on goal difference after Watford’s shock win over Liverpool and Bournemouth’s draw with Chelsea.

Next up it is Arsenal away on Saturday.

It is sorcerer vs apprentice as David Moyes locks horns with his trusted former captain Mikel Arteta at the Emirates.

Ahead of the London derby Lawrenson told BBC Sport Moyes will stick with the positive line-up from the Saints game and be rewarded with a draw.

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Lawro backs Hammers despite Moyes’s dismal record at Arsenal

“It was imperative West Ham beat Southampton last week, and they did,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“That has given them something to build on. I fancy the Hammers to get something this time too.

“I know West Ham boss David Moyes has never won a league game at Arsenal, in 15 attempts, but I am taking him out of the equation.

“Their tails will be up, there will be a decent atmosphere because it is a London derby and, if they go for it a bit, this might just be their time now where they can pick up some positive results.

“Don’t get me wrong, West Ham still have issues – but I am still not convinced by the Gunners, either. They have won their past two Premier League games, but I do not see them going on a long winning run.”

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Relegation battle goes on the road

Lawrenson predicts a 1-1 draw. That would bring West Ham level on 28 points with 15th placed Brighton if they lose at Wolves.

The relegation battle goes on the road this weekend.

All seven teams involved face tough away games.

 

The Hammers are at the Emirates while Bournemouth go to Liverpool, Watford to Palace, Brighton to Wolves and Aston Villa to Leicester.

Newcastle and Norwich also face tough trips to Southampton and Sheffield United respectively.

West Ham’s run-in:

Arsenal (A)

Wolves (H)

Tottenham (A)

Chelsea (H)

Newcastle (A)

Burnley (H)

Norwich (A)

Watford (H)

Man United (A)

Aston Villa (H)

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