A London derby for these two on the weekend and Fulham could badly use a win out of the clash. They start the weekend just above the drop zone with only the one win on the board so far. In contrast, Arsenal are steaming along on a big five-match winning streak and will be expected once again to deliver maxim points. Read our Fulham v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 3rd, 2018 at 9:14 p.m.)
The Cottagers are still trying to adjust to life in the top flight and they aren’t having a great time of it. They have just a W1 D2 L4 record on the board this season and are winless in four now (D2 L2). Three of their four league defeats for the season have been away from home, and they have collected four points from their last two home homes, beating Burnley and drawing with Watford.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored three of their five home games this season. So if you fancy Fulham to get on the board, he makes the most sense to back at 7/4 odds* (betting odds taken from October 4th, 2018 at 4:53 pm) in the anytime goalscorer market.
The Cottagers have conceded five goals at home this season in their three matches and four of those have come in the first half of matches. They have been behind at halftime in two of their three home games which obviously is a problem.
With Arsenal expected to turn up and win at Craven Cottage then an Arsenal/Arsenal half-time/full-time bet is at 8/5 odds* (betting odds taken from October 4th, 2018 at 4:53 pm) to consider in Fulham v Arsenal betting tips. The Cottagers have yet to pick up a clean sheet this season and have been picked off far too easily. Heading into the weekend they have the joint-worst defensive record in the top flight.
The Gunners are in a nice bit of form with a five-match winning streak going on the board. Their hot scoring form has continued because they have netted at least two goals in each of their last six league fixtures. That’s a great return and their last two have been won by a 2-0 scoreline.
But because they don’t have a clean sheet on their travels yet then an Arsenal 2-1 correct score option at 8/1 has big appeal* (betting odds taken from October 4th, 2018 at 4:53 pm) in Fulham v Arsenal betting tips.
Therefore both teams to score is at 4/9 odds* (betting odds taken from October 4th, 2018 at 4:53 pm) for the fixture. The Gunners are W2 L1 this term, their defeat happening out at Chelsea in their first road game of the season. They have scored a total of seven goals in their three road games so far this term which has been great.
All of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals so there is a trend there. It has not quite happened for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang yet this season in front of goal but they are taking on a leaky defence and he is worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market.
Arsenal took back to back wins over Fulham the last time they were together in the Premier League. That was back in the 2013/14 season. The Gunners are unbeaten in four against the Cottagers in the top flight (W3 D1) and have lost just one of their last eleven. Both teams have scored in all but one of the last eight.
Given how loose Fulham have been at the back, there really doesn’t look to be an option other than backing Arsenal to win to nil. They have been scoring frequently enough to put the Cottagers to bed.
5th October 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Arsenal will be looking to secure another three points on their Europa League journey as they make a visit to Qarabag on Thursday night. This is their longest ever away trip in their history as they visit Baku. The Azerbaijani side suffered a loss on matchday one against Sporting. Read our FK Qarabag v Arsenal betting tips for more.
FK Karabakh 15/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 1st, 2018 at 6:56 p.m.)
Most of the games that Qarabag have played this season have been in Europe. They began early in the Champions League qualifiers and they posted a W2 D3 L1 in six games there before dropping out against Bate Borisov and falling to the Europa League playoffs. They took an aggregate win over FC Sheriff comfortably there 3-1 on aggregate after losing the first leg 1-0 away from home.
Qarabag home from across all competitions is W3 D2 L1 and they are likely to make life difficult for the Gunners because they could be difficult to break down. Qarabag have conceded just two goals in six home games this season and under 2.5 goals is at even money odds* (Betting Odds were taken from October 1st, 2018 at 6:56 p.m.).
Arsenal collected a 4-2 home success at the Emirates on matchday one against Vorskla in the Europa League. They didn’t field their strongest side obviously for that one and they won’t here either. This is such a long trip with little time to recover for the Premier League on the weekend, that they are likely to be well under strength. An Arsenal 1-0 correct score is at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from October 4th, 2018 at 6:56 p.m.), just to see the English side get the job done. That is all that Unai Emery’s men need to get done.
Arsenal have picked up some good form having won each of their last seven games across all competitions. The Gunners have netted at least two goals in all but one of their games all season so have been pretty potent in front of goal (all competitions). But you do have to take the circumstances into consideration in this one. A 4,000km trip out east, fielding an under-strength side and facing an opposing team who may need some patience to break down. So it just may be worth dialling back the expectancy of goals from Arsenal.
This will be the first meeting between Qarabag and Arsenal.
Arsenal just need to see out this exhausting away trip and it just needs a professional job being done on the night. They are in good form and we are going to back them to get the win in a low scoring game. The Arsenal 1-0 correct score appeals.
1st October 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
The Gunners are on a nice run of form with four straight league wins under their belt. So there have been plenty of positives from Arsenal then and they will be keen to keep that momentum going. Watford will be looking to regain some momentum after having picked up just one point in their last two games. Read our Arsenal v Watford betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 24th, 2018 at 11:52 p.m.)
The Gunners have definitely started to show signs of improvement under Unai Emery. They battled their way to a 2-0 home win over Everton last weekend to make it fours wins on the bounce in the top flight. That’s a really good return from them and the goals are coming consistently from them. They have scored at least two goals in each of their last five league games and we can see this one production at least three goals. Over 2.5 goals is at 4/9 odds* (betting odds taken on September 25th, 2018 at 5:10 pm) because this does look as if it is going to be a high scoring game.
The Gunners are W2 L1 in their three home games this season, winning their last two home soil. We have to support both teams to score at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken on September 25th, 2018 at 5:10 pm) for the game. That is because Arsenal have not looked terribly convincing at the back. Even though they collected a clean sheet against Everton on the weekend, they were let off the hook by a lack of clinical finishing by the Toffees. They are playing with both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Aubameyang up front and both were on the scoresheet last weekend. The Gunners generally are a reliable home side.
The Hornets won their first four games of the season but have only taken the one point from their last two. Their winning streak was snapped in a 2-1 loss against Manchester United and then they threw away a lead last weekend out at Fulham to end up in a 1-1 draw. Still, they look in pretty good shape and they have scored in each league game that they have played so far this term. Because they are out on the road through an Arsenal 2-1 correct score option is at 15/2 odds and has the most appeal in the market* (betting odds taken on September 25th, 2018 at 5:10 pm).
This will only be Watford’s third away game of the league season having picked up four points from their travels so far, a win at Burnley and then the draw at Fulham. Andre Gray and Roberto Pereyra are their joint top scorers with three goals each, but two of Gray’s three were on the road whereas Pereyra has yet to net on the road. Eight of the eleven league goals that Watford have scored this season have been in the second half of matches and they have yet to be trailing at half time in an away game this season. So that suggests that they could be well in the mix at the halftime break and the half time draw should have some appeal for the game in Arsenal v Watford betting tips.
The Gunners and Watford traded home wins last season in the Premier League. Arsenal are W4 L2 in their last six league games against the Hornets. Each of the last nine games between Arsenal and Watford in all competitions have ended over 2.5 goals so there is a big trend there. Both teams have scored in three of the last four meetings.
We can see Arsenal getting the win on the board. They haven’t been scoring consistently even though they still don’t look the best at the back. Because of that, we are looking at Arsenal to win & both teams to score.
27th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Arsenal have started to settle themselves down with three straight Premier League wins under their belt. They still haven’t quite gotten things together at the back though. Everton’s unbeaten run of form from the start of the season came crashing down last weekend as they were surprisingly beaten at Goodison Park by West Ham. Read our Arsenal v Everton betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 20th, 2018 at 3:53 p.m.)
After losing their opening two games of the season, Arsenal have steadied the ship to some degree with three straight league wins. They have taken out West Ham, Cardiff, and Newcastle which arguably aren’t the toughest of opponents that they will face. They are still waiting for their first clean sheet of the season and because of that the obvious option is both teams to score at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:45 pm). This could be a really open game with neither of these defences going well.
Arsenal lost their opening home game of the season against Manchester City and then took down West Ham 3-1 in their second home game. They did have European action on Thursday night so now they have to deal with that balance. But they have scored at least two goals in each of their last four games on the domestic front and over 3.5 goals may be worth having a look at. They are still waiting for Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to catch fire for the season and he is at 12/5 odds in the first goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:45 pm). He has just the one goal for the season. The Gunners have scored at least three goals in each of their last three games against Everton.
Everton were steady more than anything under Marco Silva for their season start, posting a W1 D3 record across their first four games. They beat Southampton in that sequence and threw away leads against Wolves and Bournemouth as well. They got their first taste of defeat when they’re taken down 3-1 by West Ham at Goodison Park last weekend which will have been a tremendously disappointing result for them. So they are stuck on just the one win for the season and out on the road they have drawn their two games so far, both of them by a 2-2 scoreline.
As we see Arsenal coming out on top and Arsenal 3-1 correct score is at 11/1 odds* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:45 pm). Everton had a poor time of things out on the road last season in the top flight, winning just three times. They have taken just the one win in their last five away games in the top flight now. Richarlison is back after his suspension and they need him to start picking up things again in front of goal and he isn’t a bad 10/3 odds option in the anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:45 pm).
Arsenal enjoyed two big successes against Everton last season as they scored exactly five goals in both wins over the Toffees. Arsenal are on a three-match winning streak against Everton in the Premier League and they have lost just one of their last eight against the Toffees (W6 D1). Arsenal are on a four-match winning streak at home in the top flight against Everton and both teams have scored in four of the last five meetings.
Neither side have looked particularly strong at the back but Arsenal appear to have more about them as an attacking force and because of that, we are backing an Arsenal to win & both teams to score option for our betting tip on the game.
20th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Gunners missed out on a berth in the Champions League so have to settle for a hunt for glory in the Europa League. It all starts here for them at home against Vorskla Poltava from the Ukraine. The Ukranians don’t have much of a record in Europe behind them so the Gunners will be looking for a positive start. Read our Arsenal v Vorskla betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 17th, 2018 at 2:12 p.m.)
Arsenal will be looking for a comfortable start on home soil in their Europa League group. They have gone up against Ukrainian clubs before, and from their ten previous encounters against Ukrainian opposition Arsenal are W4 D2 L4. In that sequence of matches Arsenal have scored 15 and conceded 15 so there is a lot even there. But we are going to back the Gunners to be comfortable in this fixture on Thursday and Arsenal to win to nil at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on September 17th, 2018 at 2:12 p.m.) is one of our top Arsenal v Vorskla betting tips.
The Gunners have now strung together a three-match winning streak for the season, but they are struggling at the back a bit. They haven’t taken a clean sheet this season, but even with that in place we are looking at an Arsenal 2-0 correct score at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on September 17th, 2018 at 2:12 p.m.). Arsenal reached the semi-finals of the Europa League last season, which was they are first ever campaign in the competition. Their home form last season in Europe was W4 D2 L1. They are W4 D1 in their five previous home games against Ukrainian opposition.
Vorskla finished third in last season’s Ukrainian Premier League, which was their joint-highest ever finish. This is their seventh European campaign and their second crack at the group stage of the Europa League. They collected just the two points in their previous Europa League campaign. The last time that they got an away win on the board in Europe was back in the 2011/12 Europa League play-off round against Dinamo Bucharest. They are D2 L3 in their five away games in Europe since them.
This will be the first meeting between the two clubs.
This has to be a pretty routine victory heading the way of Arsenal in this one. They are facing something of an unknown quantity in this one and the Gunners have a great chance of banking a solid win. We are going with the simple option of Arsenal to win to nil.
18th September 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Chelsea’s, Arsenal, Celtic and Rangers now all know what they will be facing up to in the Group Stage of the UEFA Europa League this season. The draw for the group stage of the 2018/19 competition was made on Friday, August 31st and it appears and if the bookmakers are siding with the strengths of the English represents.
Chelsea are the 11/2 outright favourites at bet365 to win the tournament outright, with Arsenal 8/1 second-favourites* (betting odds taken on August 31, 2018 at 5:00 pm).
Here we take a look at the Europa League Groups Draw and make our predictions. The first match will be on September 20th, 2018. There are nine debutants in the group stage this season including Dudelange who are the first ever team from Luxembourg to reach this stage.
Bayern Leverkusen 25/1
AC Milan 25/1
RB Leipzig 25/1
Zenit St Petersburg 40/1
* (betting odds taken on August 31, 2018, at 5:00 pm)
Group A: Bayer Leverkusen (GER), Ludogorets (BUL), Zürich (SUI), AEK Larnaca (CYP)
This isn’t an easy group for Celtic. They will be taking on Salzburg who holds the record for the most Europa League group stage appearances (8) as well dangerous Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig. They are actually the sister club of the Austrian champions. Salzburg dropped down from the UEFA Champions League play offs where they lost to Red Star Belgrade. They are the all-time leaders in goals and points in the UEFA Europa League.
German side Leipzig were in the Champions League last season but couldn’t get out of it. They dropped to the Europa League and reached the quarter finals. They are in the Europa League after a sixth-place Bundesliga finish last season. The Bhoys will also meet up with Rosenborg as well.
They were together in the qualifying rounds of this season’s Champions League with Celtic taking a 3-1 aggregate win, with all the goals in the tie happening at Celtic Park. Rosenborg went on to beat Cork and the Shkendija to make their way through to the group stage of the Europa League.
Prediction: We can see Celtic doing enough, particularly at home to get themselves through to the knockout phase of the competition. However, we see Salzburg being the ones who land the group win.
Group C: Zenit (RUS), København (DEN), Bordeaux (FRA), Slavia Praha (CZE)
Group D: Anderlecht (BEL), Fenerbahçe (TUR), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO), Spartak Trnava (SVK)
The Gunners have a lot of travelling to do in their group, which won’t please boss Unai Emery too much. That’s just extra demand on resources. Just their trip to Baku to face Qarabag is 2,400 miles. Anyway, this should be a pretty easy group nonetheless for the Gunners. Qarabag were in the Champions League last season but they have had a really poor time of things in previous matches against English sides.
Vorskla are the Ukrainian champions and this will be just their second appearance in the group stage of the Europa League (which was back in the 2011/12 season). Sporting are going to be the biggest challengers to Arsenal even though they have had a huge summer of turmoil. Their players were attacked at their training ground by “fans” last season and that sparked an exodus of players, including some cancelling their own contracts.
Prediction: Arsenal have a manager with good experience in Europe and they should be fine in this one. They are strong enough in UEFA Europa League betting at bet365 to back to win the group. We are backing Sporting, who have former Manchester United winger Nani playing for them, to join them in qualification.
Group F: Olympiacos (GRE), AC Milan (ITA), Real Betis (ESP), Dudelange (LUX)
It has been a good step forward for Rangers as they came through a long qualification campaign to get to the group stage. They survived with nine-men in their playoff round second leg out in Russia against Ufa. Rangers will have to deal with another long trip to Moscow on matchday four which is going to be taking. Spartak finished third in the Russian top flight last season.
This is a fantastic experience for new manager Steven Gerrard who now has to balance trying to get a domestic challenge in the Scottish Premiership going, along with these tough Thursday night European games. Villarreal are the favourites in the group and our prediction is that they will win this group with all of their experience and quality. They were fifth in La Liga last season to get straight through to the group stage. Rangers met Villarreal in the 2005/06 Champions League group stage.
Rangers will get a good chance of qualification as long as they can stay strong at Ibrox. Rapid Vienna came through a couple of qualification rounds to get to this stage. They were third-place finishers in the Austrian top flight last term.
Prediction: Villarreal are likely going to be too strong to catch, so they are our tip to win the group. It is a toss-up between the other three but we ultimately see Rangers just being squeezed out by Moscow for that second spot.
Group H: Lazio (ITA), Marseille (FRA), Eintracht Frankfurt (GER), Apollon (CYP)
Group I: Beşiktaş (TUR), Genk (BEL), Malmö (SWE), Sarpsborg (NOR)
Group J: Sevilla (ESP), Krasnodar (RUS), Standard Liège (BEL), Akhisar Belediyespor (TUR)
Group K: Dynamo Kyiv (UKR), Astana (KAZ), Rennes (FRA), Jablonec (CZE)
Chelsea who are the 11/1 outright favourites to win this season’s Europa League* (betting odds taken on August 31, 2018, at 5:00 pm) will be delighted with the group stage draw that they have received. Hungarian side Vidi (formerly Videton) lost a Champions League play-off tie against AEK Athens this season to drop to the Europa League. This is their first group stage action since the 2012/13 season.
PAOK were runners-up in the Greek top flight last season and like Vidi, they fell from Champions League qualifiers this season where they suffered a playoff loss against Benfica. BATE had to face up to an English side in last season’s Europa League group stage as they met Arsenal. The Belarusian side ended up finishing bottom of the group and were hammered 10-2 on aggregate by the Gunners across their two games.
Prediction: So this should be routine for Chelsea at the end of the day and they will do enough at Stamford Bridge to be comfortable and win the group. It’s hard to see a real threat here and even picking the best of the other three is a tough thing. We are going to side with PAOK to produce enough stubbornness against substandard opposition to follow the Blues through.
31st August 2018 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
The Bluebirds haven’t managed to get a win on the board yet in the top flight, but they have drawn their last two. So there has been some resilience in them. Will they be able to call on that to shut down the threat of Arsenal? The Gunners got their first win of the season last weekend and are looking to build from there. Read our Cardiff v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.)
Two points is what Cardiff have earned so far this season in the top flight. After losing their season opener they have landed back to back draws against Newcastle and Huddersfield. The challenge gets a lot tougher for them here. The Bluebirds are yet to strike a goal in the top flight this season and immediately for our Cardiff v Arsenal betting tips we have to go with Arsenal to win to nil at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 29th, 2018 at 4:35 p.m.). Cardiff’s one home game so far saw them play out a 0-0 draw with Newcastle But they may well have more trouble keeping Arsenal off the scoresheet.
In the bet365 correct score market, an Arsenal 2-0 scoreline has appeal for the fixture at 7/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 29th, 2018 at 4:35 p.m.). If the Bluebirds can keep the scoreline down in this one to under 2.5 goals they will probably have done pretty well. There is a doubt over Nathaniel Mendez-Laing now who had to go off early last weekend. If there is any hope for the Bluebirds in his one it will be their resilient defence and Arsenal’s shocking away record from last season.
Over 2.5 goals is at 3/4 odds but we are going to go under the goal line, which bucks a trend a bit for just 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 29th, 2018 at 4:35 p.m.). There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 12 of Arsenal’s last fourteen games, but they are facing a pretty well-organised Cardiff defence. On the flip side of that Cardiff’s three games this season have ended under. As we don’t see Arsenal conceding here, we have to go under the goal line. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who is looking for his first goal of the season is the strong favourite in the first goalscorer market
Arsenal have lost eight of their last nine away games in the Premier League and they have conceded at least two goals in five of their last six on the road. It was such a poor return away from home from them last season and in their one away game this season, they failed to get a point. That was a trip to Stamford Bridge where the Gunners played well in parts but sloppy defending let them down. An Arsenal/Arsenal half-time/ full-time option in this one is at 11/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 29th, 2018 at 4:35 p.m.).
Arsenal both league meetings the last time the two clubs were together which was back in the 2013/14 Premier League season. Cardiff failed to get a goal on the board in either of the fixtures. Arsenal are on a three-match winning streak against Cardiff in all competitions, with all three wins being to nil. The Gunners are undefeated in their last thirteen games against the Welsh club in all competitions.
Cardiff are lacking a punch up front and Arsenal should be able to carve out enough chances to be able to get a win on the board in this one. This may not be a pretty game to watch and Arsenal may well have to bide their time, but we are sticking with the Gunners to win to nil.
30th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Gunners are still on the hunt for their first points of the season having suffered back to back defeats in a tough opening sequence of games against Man City and Chelsea. Can Unai Emery’s men starting getting some momentum after putting together some impressive spells at Stamford Bridge last weekend? West Ham have fallen to a poor start after a big summer of change. Read our Arsenal v West Ham betting tips for more.
West Ham 8/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 21st, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.)
The Gunners have not produced a win so far this season in the Premier League. It was never going to be the easiest of starts for them as they lost at home against Man City and then away at Chelsea. There were brighter moments for them at Stamford Bridge as they fought back from 2-0 down to get back level. They created more than enough chances to have been free and clear in the game. But by the same token, they still looked very unsure at the back. With that in mind we are looking at the both teams to score option at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 21st, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.). That is still five goals shipped in two games for the Gunners and there is clear work to do.
Unai Emery clearly wants to play his way but the personnel don’t appear to be an exact fit for his plans. Up front, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the 9/4 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from August 21st, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.) and we are going with that for our Arsenal v West Ham predictions as surely he is due one after missing some glorious chances at Stamford Bridge. Two of Arsenal’s least convincing players this season have been Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka and both could miss out on starting places. Arsenal are also still missing Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny and Carl Jenkinson. They are going to be pretty desperate to get that first win of the season under their belt here in this London derby.
It has also been a rough start for West Ham. They opened with a 4-0 drubbing against Liverpool and then suffered a 2-1 loss at home against Bournemouth last weekend. For all of their heavy summer investments, that’s a poor return. So again you have a side here who has given up a lot of goals and over 3.5 goals makes for a solid proposition in this one and that is at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 21st, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.). They have averaged just the eight shots per game so far this season per game on average and that’s surprising given the amount of attacking talent that they do have. They have played some pretty poor stuff.
It was Marko Arnautovic who got their goal against Bournemouth last weekend, but summer signing Felipe Anderson has looked really good. He has arguably been their standout performer in the front line and he is at 10/3 odds in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from August 21st, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.). West Ham had a really bad time of things away from home last season in the Premier League winning just three times (D6 L10). Their defeat at Liverpool snapped an eleven match scoring streak they were on away from home. Last season the Irons failed to beat any of the top-eight finishers on the road.
Arsenal are W4 D2 in their last six meetings against West Ham in all competitions. They took a big 4-1 win in this corresponding fixture from last season but both teams have scored in just one of the last four meetings (all competitions). Regardless of that, four of the last six clashes between the two London clubs have gone over 2.5 goals. Arsenal have won their last three home games against West Ham.
We have been surprised by how poor West Ham have looked so far and because of that, we have to back Arsenal to come up with a win. The Gunners did produce some good stuff against Chelsea and could find as many gaps against the Hammers. Home win & both teams to score tops our betting tips for Arsenal v West Ham.
25th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
It is a big London derby on Saturday evening as Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea. The Gunners will be under pressure after losing heavily at home last weekend against Manchester City in what is a tough fixture start to the season. Chelsea bagged a fairly comfortable three points at Huddersfield last weekend and will be looking to push on from there. Read our Chelsea v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.)
The Blues collected a solid 3-0 away win over Huddersfield last weekend in their season opener and it was, by and large, easy and comfortable for them. First-half goals from N’Golo Kante and penalty from Jorginho put the Blues well on their path for three points before Pedro rounded it off late into the game. We are expecting the game to go under 2.5 goals as three of the last four meetings in the league at Stamford Bridge have done. Under 2.5 goals is at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.). Both will be somewhat cagey against the other in this early season match up. The Blues have a clean sheet in five of their last six home games against Arsenal in all competitions. Each of Chelsea’s last three home games in the Premier League ended under 2.5 goals as well.
Chelsea do look short of a genuine goalscorer and that was something that was not addressed in the transfer market over the summer. Alvaro Morata got a full game up front against Huddersfield but didn’t manage to get on target. He is the 7/5 joint anytime goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.) for the game though alongside teammate Olivier Giroud who had an extended rest after the efforts of winning the World Cup. The Blues did not have a great season last term but they did manage to still string together a decent season on home soil, posting a W11 D4 L4 record at the Bridge. They scored an average of 1.6 goals per game there. They never looked defensively confiding at all last season but took a clean sheet in 53% of their home games conceding under a goal per game on average.
As both games between these two at Stamford Bridge last season ended goalless there may be a temptation to look at the 14/1 odds on a 0-0 correct score option, but we are going to suggest a little more value in a Chelsea 1-0 at 17/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.). The Gunners were at home last weekend in a tough opener against Manchester City and they failed their test, losing 2-0 against the reigning champions. They looked unsure of what they were doing and new boss Unai Emery said that his side didn’t play the way that he wanted them too. The Gunners mustered up just three shots on target last weekend against Manchester City.
There was a lot of trying to play the ball out from the back with very little success. Arsenal had a terrible time of things away from home last season in the Premier League posting just a W4 D4 L11 record on their travels. They have lost seven of their last eight away games. They are however undefeated in their last six games against Chelsea in all competitions and they can boast one of the top scorers in European football in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is a 5/4 anytime goalscorer option for them* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.).
Chelsea and Arsenal met five times last season across all competitions and four of those games ended in a draw. The only exception was a 2-1 home win that the Gunners took in the EFL Cup against the Blues. Both games between them at Stamford Bridge last season ended in 0-0 draws. Chelsea are undefeated in their last six home games against Arsenal in the Premier League with a strong W5 D1 record.
Chelsea collected a win last weekend and they can drive forward from that. The Blues looked a bit more sure of what was being asked of them tactically in their game than Arsenal did in theirs. The Gunners may need more time to figure out what they are doing under Emery and we are backing a home win by a one-goal margin.
16th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This is the big game of the opening weekend of the new Premier League season. The Gunners have had a summer of transition with new manager Unai Emery taking over and bolstering the squad. How will they fare this season against Man City? City had an easy time of things last season against Arsenal beating them comfortably and the reigning Champions will be looking to sail through this tough opening test on the road.
Man City 19/20
* (Betting Odds were taken on March 20th, 2018 at 00:22 p.m.)
So a new era for Arsenal and they will be totally banking on their home form. Last season at the Emirates the Gunners posted a W15 D2 L2 record, which was very good and those two home defeats happened against the top two finishers, Man City and Man Utd. Other than that, they were pretty strong and picked up a clean sheet in 47% of their home games. We don’t see them getting a clean sheet here even though they have bolstered their defence and defensive midfield areas over the summer. We have to look at both teams to score at bet365 which is an obviously-looking Arsenal v Man City betting tip at 1/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on March 20th, 2018 at 00:22 p.m.). Can new boss Unai Emery get the Gunners going off on the right foot?
Arsenal are undefeated in 24 of their last 26 league home games, which is a fantastic record. They also scored at least three goals in each of their last five home games of last season. The addition back in January of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang could pay dividends this season and he is at even money in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken on March 20th, 2018 at 00:22 p.m.). Another direction to head in for your betting is looking over the 2.5 goals and probably pushing it out to over 3.5 realistically. The Gunners saw over 2.5 goals in all but one of their last nine games against the Citizens in all competitions. Last season they were completed humbled by City. Will it be the same for them again?
The Citizens biggest issue really will be over the fitness of those players arriving back late in the summer for training after the World Cup. Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne for example on got back to training this week. The Citizens have already been out competitively this season as they took a comfortable 2-0 win in the Community Shield over Chelsea last weekend. They do of course have an enviable squad stacked to the rafters in terms of quality of depth so they shouldn’t be hurting too much. City have won 31 of their last 35 Premier League matches and they have scored at least three goals in their last three games against the Gunners across all competitions. In the bet365 correct score market a Manchester City 3-1 result is at 14/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on March 20th, 2018 at 00:22 p.m.) and appeals for Arsenal v Man City betting tips.
Sergio Aguero was the star of their Community Shield success as he got both of City’s goals and he is the 4/1 favourite in the bet365 first goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken on March 20th, 2018 at 00:22 p.m.). Another betting tip to consider for Arsenal v Manchester City is backing the Citizens in a half-time/ full-time option. That is because Pep Guardiola’s men have been winning at both half time and full time in their last three matches against Arsenal. Manchester City’s record away from home last season was W16 D2 L1 which incidentally was exactly the same as their final home record. They didn’t do much in the transfer market in the summer with Riyad Mahrez being the highlight just to add more depth in creativity to their ranks.
It was just too easy for the Citizens last season against Arsenal as they beat them three times. They took a 3-1 and 3-0 win over the Gunners in the Premier League as well as a 3-0 success in the EFL Cup. In the last, four Premier League meetings City are now W3 D1 against the Gunners.
Arsenal are going to need time to settle under Emery and because of that, we have to stick with City coming away with the win. They were so good at the Emirates last season and they will have plenty of energy and enterprise about them so early in the season. Away win & both teams to score appeals in our Arsenal v Man City betting tips.
10th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting