Arsenal v Chelsea EFL Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 24th January 201822nd January 2018 / lee
Arsenal v Chelsea EFL Cup, 24th January 8.00pm
Who will be working their way through to Wembley? This tie is still in the balance after a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, where neither really looked as if they believed that could win that game. So it just comes down to this battle now at the Emirates. Chelsea will be favourites as they have been in much more consistent form than Arsenal have been as of late, but the Gunners will be hungry for this as it is their last shot at domestic silverware this season. Chelsea are 5/4 at bet365 to get the win on the night, with Arsenal at 21/10 and the draw is at 12/5* (Betting Odds taken on January 21th, 2018 at 9:11 p.m.)
Arsenal v Chelsea EFL Cup Betting Tips
The Gunners have been having their problems with results lately as they have won just one of their last six games played in all competitions. That win came on the weekend as they pummeled Crystal Palace 4-1 at the Emirates. That was a boost that they badly needed because they were on a five-match winless streak before that. The Gunners will be a bit concerned about their defence and they have shipped a total of six goals in their last three games at home. The Gunners have taken only the one clean sheet in their last seven games across all competitions. They recently played host to Chelsea in the Premier League at the Emirates and the two played out a 2-2 draw there on January 3rd, the Gunners equalising in the 90th minute. The first leg at Stamford Bridge was a bit of non-event and Arsenal never looked as if they were trying to score but both teams to score at bet365 is probably going to have some appeal at odds of 4/6* (Betting Odds taken on January 21th, 2018 at 9:51 p.m.). Given the way Arsenal’s defence has done recently, that’s not a bad option.
This will be the fifth game between the two of these this season alone and each of the other four (two league, one Community Shield and the EFL Cup semi-final first leg) all ended in a draw at 90 minutes. So there isn’t going to be much to choose between the two of them again most likely and that is reflected in the bet365 correct score market where the 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option at 11/2. The Gunners have won just one of their last eight home games against Chelsea across all competitions. An important factor is that they failed miserably in their FA Cup title defence this season, falling at the first hurdle and so they will be pretty geared up for this and they got the boost of Mesut Ozil returning over the weekend in their beating of Crystal Palace in the Premier League. The winner of the fixture will play the winner of the Man City v Bristol City tie at Wembley in the final.
The Blues snapped themselves out of some less-than-ideal form on the weekend as they hammered Brighton 4-0 at the Amex in the Premier League. That ended a five-match sequence of drawn matches that they were on across all competitions and three of those were 0-0 draws. So they were struggling in front of goal, but Eden Hazard and Willian were superb on the weekend against the Seagulls. They don’t have a striker in any kind of form though. On their travels, they are on a five-match unbeaten streak of form with a W2 D3 record, but overall they have been rock solid at the back for the most part. They have three clean sheets in their last four away games and overall home and away they have taken seven clean sheets in their last nine games. The Blues have failed to win any of their last five games against Arsenal but still go as favourites for this one. In the bet365 To Qualify market Chelsea are 4/6 to reach Wembley with the Gunners at 6/5 to progress* (Betting Odds taken on January 21th, 2018 at 9:51 p.m.).
Who will win – Arsenal v Chelsea EFL Cup Predictions
This is probably going to be a tight battle down the line, but both will have to play better than they did in the first leg. Chelsea have struggled for goals lately, but they do look the better of the two sides at the back and that should be enough to see them squeeze through. Arsenal may just come up short against their old foes at the back.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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