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Arsenal v Chelsea Prediction & Betting Tips, 3rd January 2018

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Arsenal v Chelsea Premier League Preview, 3rd January 7.45pm

A big London derby lights up the midweek action and Arsenal are going into it with some ground to make up on Chelsea as well. The Gunners, who failed to beat West Brom on the weekend find themselves seven points adrift of the Blues. Chelsea continued in their good current form by smashing Stoke at Stamford Bridge on the weekend to move them to five games unbeaten in the top flight now. The Blues are 4/5 favourites for the game with the draw at 11/4 and Arsenal at 16/5.

Arsenal News and Form

The Gunners have had a good season at the Emirates with a W8 D1 L1 record there and Manchester United are the only visitors to have enjoyed success there. In their last home game, the Gunners were held to a 3-3 draw with Liverpool and that has left Arsenal having conceded a total of six goals in their last three games played home and away. So they are looking a little vulnerable at the back and in their draw at West Brom on the weekend, the Gunners looked really poor and lifeless going forward. The Gunners have netted 2.5 goals per game on average this season at home in the Premier League while they have now conceded one per game on average. The Gunners have collected six clean sheets at home and as this is expected to be tight under 2.5 goals at William Hill is a price of 6/5. Seven of the last ten meetings between these in all competitions have gone under the goal line so there is something of a trend there. Alexis Sanchez has hit a bit of form in front of goal for Arsenal and he is a 13/8 anytime goalscorer option for this one.

Chelsea News and Form

The Blues have been going well lately with a W4 D1 record produced in their last five games and they have hammered Stoke 5-0 on the weekend, even by resting some of their key players like Eden Hazard. That is four clean sheets on the bounce now that the Blues have picked up in the Premier League and they are a price of 9/2 to win to nil at William Hill for this. Away from home Chelsea are W6 D2 L2 for the season and they have taken just the one win in their last four road games (D2 L1) which were against Huddersfield in mid-December. They played out a 0-0 draw at Everton just before Christmas in their most recent away game. Willian has produced well for the Blues recently, scoring in two of their last three away games and he is a great 3/1 anytime goalscorer option for this one. The Blues have averaged 1.8 goals per away game this season where they have conceded just the seven goals in their ten away games with four clean sheets away from home for the season. The Blues have opened the scoring in six of their ten away games this term as well.

Arsenal v Chelsea Head to Head

Three of the last six contests between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates have ended in a draw. There have already been two draws between them this season, in the Community Shield and a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge as well. Chelsea are up in the head to head in Premier League fixtures recently though with a W4 D2 L1 record against the Gunners. Arsenal are W1 D1 L1 in their last three league home games against the Blues.

Who will win – Arsenal v Chelsea Predictions

Chelsea looks the value option of the two at the moment. They are just flowing well right now and rested some key players on the weekend. Arsenal were terrible against West Brom on the weekend and will get torn apart if they play like that in this one. Away win.

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