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.)
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.).
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.
22nd January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1st January 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Here it is then, the start of the new English domestic season. The Community Shield this year will be contested by FA Cup winners Arsenal and the Premier League winners Chelsea. It is a good London rivalry between the two of them and they have already met over the summer with Chelsea taking a big 3-0 win over the Gunners in a friendly out in China. It is the Blues who go as favourites to win this season curtain-raiser despite losing their Wembley FA Cup Final showdown with Arsenal back in May. Chelsea are a price of 11/10 to win, with Arsenal at 23/10 and the draw at 5/2.
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Arsenal have won the Community Shield fourteen times before in their history and if they win this they would join Liverpool as the second most successful side in the match. The Gunners have won their last two appearances in the Community Shield, beating Man City in 2014 and Chelsea in 2015. Both of those wins were with a clean sheet as well and Arsenal to win to nil at William Hill will bring you in a price of 11/2 for this one because the Gunners are underdogs. It’s more likely that there will be goals at both ends and both teams to score at William Hill fetches a price of 8/13 just to highlight that. Arsenal’s big summer signings is Alexandre Lacazette and it will be hoped that his pace will cause the Blues some problems. He is a 7/5 anytime goalscorer option for the game.
Last season Arsenal and Chelsea met three times then and the Gunners took a 2-1 head to head victory over the Blues from those meetings. In the last six games between the two London clubs in all competitions, Arsenal are W3 L3 so things are even. Each of the meetings last season went over 2.5 goals and over 2.5 goals at William Hill for the Community Shield returns a price of 8/11. The Gunners were busy with the Emirates Cup recently when they beat Benfica 5-2 and then went on to lose 2-1 against Sevilla. With the goals given up there, it suggests that they are going to struggle to collect a clean sheet at Wembley. Therefore in the William Hill correct score market, with Chelsea running as favourites a Chelsea 2-1 option is at 15/2 with an Arsenal 2-1 at 11/1.
Chelsea contested some matches in the International Champions Cup where they lost against Inter Milan and Bayern Munich after beating Arsenal in a friendly 3-0 before that. So there will be concerns over their defence, but they have been getting big summer signing Alvaro Morata worked into the system, but it is Michy Batshuayi, who scored their Premier League title winning goal last season, who has been producing the goalscoring form. He netted a brilliant brace against Arsenal out in China and he is an 8/5 anytime goalscorer option at William Hill for the game. It’s going to be hard for Antonio Conte to keep him out of the side. There’s no Eden Hazard, who is missing the start of the season through injury, but the Blues have plenty of attacking options still. This should be a good open game and Chelsea, with a victory would win their 5th Community Shield title.
Chelsea to win: The Blues just didn’t turn up at all in that FA Cup Final, but were ruthless against the Gunners in that recent friendly out in China. If that Chelsea turns again, the Gunners may have trouble keeping up with them. Look for goals at both ends but for Chelsea to win.
2nd August 2017 / lee - Category: Betting News
A big all-England showdown for this pre-season friendly as London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea meet up at the famous Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing. While the International Champions Cup 2017 is going on at the moment, this is not a game which is a part of that. Arsenal did take a win over Bayern Munich in that International Champions Cup, while Chelsea head off to Singapore after this to face Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in the Cup after this friendly. Chelsea are 6/5 for the win, with the draw at 11/5 and Arsenal at 9/5.
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A high profile friendly going off then between the two London rivals. As this is pre-season this will be a time for the managers to look at new players of course as well as trying to avoid their key players picking injuries. Arsenal faced Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup back on the 19th of July and they took a win in that one through a penalty shoot out after Alex Iwobi had equalised for them in a 1-1 draw, three minutes into stoppage time. That was in China, so the Gunners have been here longer than Chelsea have and that may be a factor. Big summer signing Alexandre Lacazette should be getting a run out and is a decent option with bet365 anytime goalscorer market, therefore. Alexis Sanchez isn’t with the Arsenal squad because of international commitments over the summer.
Chelsea have left new summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko behind because he is still recovering from a knee injury. They don’t have new defender Antonio Rudiger with them either who will join them in Singapore later, and Alvaro Morata doesn’t join up with the squad just yet. There is no Eden Hazard for the Blues on tour either. So you aren’t looking a full-blooded London derby in his one. Last season Chelsea and Arsenal met three times and Arsenal took two wins to the one by Chelsea in that one. It is worth backing over 2.5 Goals at bet365 because each of those three meetings last season went over the goal line. Watch for the goalscorer markets through live in play-betting but it is worth backing both teams to score in the match at bet365 for around the 4/6 mark in this friendly. The two will meet up signs on August 6th in the Community Shield.
Arsenal to win: The Gunners have been settled out in China longer ahead of this one and they will have their spirits up after their draw with Bayern before winning the shoot-out. It is worth backing both teams to score in the match, but Arsenal, because this is a game of no importance, can win it.
21st July 2017 / lee - Category: Betting News
Chelsea will have a chance on Saturday to cap a fine season off by completing the domestic double. They head to Wembley to face Arsenal with the league title already under their belt and the Blues are favourites to lift the trophy on Saturday. Will this be Arsene Wenger’s last game in charge of Arsenal? Will the Gunners, one of the few sides to beat Chelsea in the league this season, be able to finish their own season on a high? Chelsea are 4/5 for the win, with the draw at 29/10 and Arsenal out at 15/4.
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Big game ahead for Arsenal. Will it ultimately decide the managerial fate of Arsene Wenger? For starters, they have lost key centre-half Laurent Koscielny through suspension. That was because of his red card against Everton on the final day of the Premier League season. On top of that, Gabriel is definitely out injured, and Shkodran Mustafi is a big doubt for them. The last thing they want is defensive worries going into a game against Chelsea. Arsenal managed a league win over Chelsea back in September, sending the Blues packing by a 3-0 scoreline. But that has been their only victory in their last twelve competitive meetings with their London rivals. Arsenal have failed to hit the back of the net in seven of their last ten games against Chelsea in all competitions. Chelsea to win to nil at Bet365 is a quote of 2/1. But Arsenal have managed to string together some decent form.
The Gunners have won their last five matches and picked up three clean sheets in that sequence of games. Both teams to score in the match, with Arsenal having scored at least two goals in each of their last five games, is trading at a price of 3/4. The Gunners have Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud both at 2/1 in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market. The last FA Cup meeting between Arsenal and Chelsea was in the 2009 semi-finals, which the Blues won 2-1. The head to head from FA Cup meetings is actually being led by Arsenal 8-5 with six draws. The Gunners opened their campaign with a win over Preston, before hammering Southampton in the fourth round, but then they had easy ties against non-league sides Sutton and then Lincoln City in the following round. They did impress against the odds in their semi-final 2-1 win over Manchester City at Wembley though. Arsenal have won two of the last three editions of the FA Cup.
»» If Arsenal win this, they would land their 13th trophy, moving them one ahead of Manchester United on 12.
»» If it is the Blues who are triumphant, then it would move them to eight FA Cup trophies alongside Tottenham (third overall).
»» Whoever wins on Saturday, it will mean that seven of the last 11 FA Cups will have been won by either Arsenal or Chelsea.
»» Arsene Wenger would be setting a record for most FA Cup wins as a manager (7, currently on 6 with George Ramsay) if Arsenal win on Saturday.
»» Chelsea haven’t lost any of their last four FA Cup Finals, all of which have been contested at Wembley (2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012). Arsenal were the last team to beat them in an FA Cup Final.
»» The eventual Premier League champions have also gone on to win the FA Cup on 11 of the 18 occasions they’ve played in the final, most recently Chelsea in 2010.
»» Arsenal are on a six match winning streak at Wembley, their best run at the ground (new or old).
Chelsea’s last FA Cup title came back in 2011/12 with a win over Liverpool in the final. Chelsea have already collected the league title this season with a record number of wins and the second highest points tally. Now the FA Cup is in their sights. They did have a somewhat tougher route in the latter stages, having gone past Peterborough, Brentford and Wolves before running into Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final. The Blues then produced a good win over Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final, which was despite having left out Diego Costa and Eden Hazard from the starting line up. Chelsea won that 4-2 and with their head to head form going against Arsenal, they go into the final as strong favourites. Chelsea have been scoring freely recently and over 2.5 goals in the game at Bet365 is a price of 4/5.
The Blues have won each of their last seven games on the bounce now in all competitions and all but one of those games have seen at least three goals. Chelsea have fired off 24 goals in their last seven games so having the scoring power to destroy the Gunners. Diego Costa is 5/6 outright favourite in the anytime goalscorer market, with Eden Hazard at 6/5 and Pedro at 2/1. Michy Batshuayi, who scored Chelsea’s Premier League title-winning goal is a 13/10 option with Willian, who netted a brace against Spurs in the semi final, at 11/5. Remarkably, for all of the success that these two have had in the FA Cup, this is just the second FA Cup Final between these two, the previous one happening in the 2001/02 season, which Arsenal won 2-1 thanks largely to the famous Ray Parlour strike from 25-yards.
Chelsea to win: The Blues are just a well-oiled machine and they have the extra strength in depth to produce the victory in this one, completing the domestic double. Arsenal aren’t at full strength at the back and despite a recent upturn in form, will likely be taken down by their rivals.
25th May 2017 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
A high profile London derby to round of Saturday’s action with in the Premier League. Chelsea will need to hit back after suffering a loss at home against Liverpool in their last league outing, so will their defence be able to keep the Gunners at bay? Arsenal have put together a nice winning streak in the top flight with three on the bounce and will be looking for the momentum to put some space between themselves and their rivals. The two of them go into Saturday evening’s fixture level on 10 points. Chelsea are 2/1 underdogs for the win with Arsenal at 7/5 and the draw at 12/5.
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Arsenal will have to come out and snap a long winless streak of form that they are on against Chelsea. They have failed to win any of their last nine against the Blues in the Premier League, their last win coming against their London rivals back in October 2011. However, they are running in decent form at the moment with three consecutive Premier league wins having been posted. Arsenal are aiming to make it four in a row for the first time since October 2015 when they won five in a row. Can they carry their positive form over and land the three points in this one?
In the anytime goalscorer market you have Olivier Giroud at 13/8 and Alexis Sanchez at 2/1 as options from the Gunners side. With neither side having looked terribly convincing at the back this season you can have a punt on both teams to score in the fixture for a price of 4/7. Meanwhile there is a quote of 21/20 on the game going under 2.5 goals. Arsenal have failed to win their last five London derbies now at the Emirates and they have lost more Premier League games at the Emirates against Chelsea than they have against any other club. They have have also failed to score in their last six League games against the Blues.
But that having been said, Chelsea don’t look solid defensively at all and are likely to concede. The Blues took a hammering against Liverpool last time out and it will be interesting to see what Antonio Conte learned from that. Chelsea are in good form with an unbeaten W2 D3 record running from their last five visits to the Emirates since a defeat there back in 2010. In that five match unbeaten sequence at the home of their rivals, Chelsea have conceded just the one goal as well. Chelsea to win to nil in this one, which would be a hugely bold call, is a price of 9/2 with online betting site Ladbrokes.
Diego Costa has enjoyed a bright start to the season and is 7/5 anytime goalscorer favourite for the match, with Michy Batshuayi at 8/5 to find the back of the net. Costa has five goals in five games this season in the top flight and has scored each of Chelsea’s last three. Interesting, Chelsea are unbeaten in 13 with referee Michael Olivier in control (who is doing this match), while Arsenal are winless in their last eight where he has been officiating. So with Chelsea having taken just the one point from their last two in the top flight, pressure is on Conte who hasn’t gone three league games in a row without a win since 2012. He hasn’t actually lost back to back games since 2009.
Can Antonio Conte learn from the mistakes Chelsea made against Liverpool and deliver a blow to Arsenal. They are frankly, a decent price to do so, because they have strong form going against the Gunners and after the loss to Liverpool, will likely be stronger. Arsenal have hit a purple patch of from in the top flight, but they are struggling for clean sheets too and can give Chelsea a shot at this. Over 2.5 goals, both teams to score and Chelsea to win.
23rd September 2016 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Diego Costa is looking his bullish best under Guus Hiddink, the Spain striker having netted five goals in five games. He has really come to life and looking as if he is enjoying his football again now that Chelsea are playing to his strengths down the middle of the park and him not having to go out wide as he was doing under Mourinho.
Can he cause the Arsenal defence damage? Or will it be the silky touches of Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud who wins the battle of the strikers at the Emirates on Sunday in Arsenal v Chelsea betting? Giroud has netted twelve goals in the league for Arsenal this season and online betting site Stan James are focusing on these two for a big promotion.
That means that you can consider some other options in the first goalscorer market for example. Aaron Ramsey has been in great form lately and is a 7/1 First Goalscorer price. Arsenal of course also have Theo Walcott, while Chelsea’s Willian may have some appeal to hit the back of the net first at a 12/1 quote, as any free kicks around Arsenal’s area are likely to be taken by him.
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23rd January 2016 / lee - Category: Free Bets & Bonus
For the big Arsenal v Chelsea game on Sunday, online betting site Ladbrokes are running a great big promotion where you get to pick you own enhanced odds for the game. This big London derby will see Arsenal trying to reclaim top spot in the league from Leicester, while the Blues will be looking to put a little more distance between themselves and the drop zone.
The Gunners are in great home form, having won seven of their last eight in the top flight at the Emirates and they are looking to snap back from two away draws in their most recent Premier League outings. but they haven’t scored in their last five league matches against the Blues and have failed to beat the Stamford Bridge outfit in the last eight attempts in the English top flight.
Chelsea took a 2-0 win over Arsenal earlier in the season to extend their unbeaten run of form against the Gunners and they are looking to bank at least a point. Chelsea are on a six match unbeaten streak in the Premier League, the current best run of unbeaten form of all top flight teams, but they have drawn four of those six. The Blues have scored eight league goals in their last three outings, Diego Costa having netted four in his last five Premier League games.
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23rd January 2016 / lee - Category: Free Bets & Bonus
Another big game for Arsenal. They have come through a couple of sticky away games with having only recorded draws, so can they bounce back with a win over rivals Chelsea. Earlier in the season the Blues did some damage to the Gunners by taking a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge against them. But with Chelsea still floundering along in the bottom half of the table, can the Gunners turn the table and earn what would be a huge three points in their title challenge? They haven’t beaten Chelsea at the last eight attempts in the league though. Arsenal are 11/10 to take the win, with the draw 5/2 and Chelsea at 29/10.
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Arsenal have failed to win any of their last eight league matches against the Blues
Arsenal have won seven of their last nine Premier League matches on home turf (D2)
There have been 0-0 draws in three of the last four between them at the Emirates
Chelsea have conceded in eight hours and two minutes of league action against Arsenal
The Gunners will be chomping at the bit to pick up a win in this one. However, they are going to have to break a long barren spell against the Blues, because Arsenal haven’t scored in just over eight hours of league action against the Blues. That’s no goals in their last five against Chelsea in the top flight and if they fail to score on the weekend, they’ll equal their longest streak without a goal against a single opponent in the Premier League. Arsenal are in some hot form at the moment though and have won seven of their last nine at the Emirates in the Premier League, losing none in that sequence. You can’t knock that at all and in that nine game sequence they have only shipped the four goals. Arsenal to win to nil in this one will return you a price of 12/5 with online betting site Bet Victor.
Three of the last four meetings between these two in the Premier League contested at the Emirates have ended in a 0-0 draw. A 0-0 Correct Score punt on Arsenal v Chelsea this time around is 9/1 with a 1-1 draw being the shorted priced option in the market at 5/1. In the anytime goalscorer market, Olivier Giroud is a 5/4 favourite. Arsenal have scored at least two goals in six of their last eight home fixtures in the top flight, so they know how to put them away. They have also bagged three clean sheets in their last four played, so former Chelsea keeper Petr Cech is turning out to be the great signing he was supposed to be. The Gunners have only shipped six home goals this season at the Emirates. Only 40% of their home games have gone over 2.5 goals, so look under at a quote of 10/11.
Chelsea are actually on the longest unbeaten run in the top flight at the moment of all teams. That’s six matches without defeat for them now but they have drawn four of their last five. That’s pretty good resilience from them. They have only won one of their last four on the road (W1 D2 L1) so may not have the winning touch to take all three points at Arsenal. They have scored plenty of goal lately though, eight in their last three league matches played and Diego Costa is a 2/1 anytime goalscorer quote. He has scored five goals in five games under Guus Hiddink. Chelsea may see simply extending their unbeaten streak against Arsenal to nine games in the Premier League as a huge success on the day and incidentally, it was Hiddink in charge of a 4-1 win that Chelsea landed at the Emirates in 2009, which is Arsenal’s heaviest home defeat ever in the competition.
Chelsea aren’t back at the kind of winning form that would suggest that they are ready to take down a title challenger away from home. The Blues have only claimed nine points on the road this season and while there have been improvements under Hiddink, they aren’t at Arsenal’s level at the moment. Huge opportunity for the Gunners and they are likely to snap their goalscoring drought against the Blues. Home win.
23rd January 2016 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Arsenal v Chelsea Betting Preview
Definitely the big game of the Premier League weekend, and big title points are up for grabs. Arsenal are still hanging on to top spot in the Premiership, but if they slip up on Monday night then they may not be in that position. Chelsea kick off just two points behind the Gunners and Jose Mourinho has a chance to take the Blues top at Christmas, even with all their problems in putting the ball in the back of the net up front.
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Arsenal 11/8, Chelsea 15/8, Draw 12/5
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Arsenal v Chelsea Betting Tips:
The Gunners won’t want to blow their lines again in this one. They haven’t won in their last two games now, slipping to a draw at the Emirates against Everton and then losing 6-3 at Man City last weekend. That hammering was a massive blow to their title hopes and Arsene Wenger will be feeling the heat of the pressure coming in from Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City now. But they can re-establish a bit of authority with a win here. The Gunners have lost four of the last eight at home against Chelsea in the league, winning just two of them. The Gunners haven’t gone three in a row in the top flight without a win since last January (and the third game in that run incidentally was against Chelsea). The Gunners have only failed to score in one game this season and it is probably worth looking at a price of 13/20 for Both Teams To Score in this one.
In the goalscorer markets from Arsenal’s end, and Olivier Giroud is favourite in the Anytime market at a price of 19/10, but Theo Walcott may be worth a look at 2/1. Since scoring his first goal against chelsea in the 2007 League Cup Final he since then has netted in three league games against the Blues. Arsenal have been good at the Emirates this term, averaging exactly two goals per game and they have only let in six in their eight games there. Will the Gunners be helped by Chelsea’s lack of killer touch up front. It came back to haunt them in the week in their League Cup quater final against Sunderland. The Blues still can’t get their act together on the road which puts them at a disadvantage in this game. They have only picked up the three away wins this season in a W3 D2 L3 record away from Stamford Bridge this season. It’s not worth looking at any of their strikers in the goalscorer markets.
Mourinho has admitted their goalscorer problem is going to hurt their chances of silverware this season. Chelsea’s strikers have only netted five goals between them this season. Eden Hazard top scorers for the club with six, and Oscar behind with five. You’re far better off looking at those in the anytime scorer market instead of their outright stirkers. Chelsea have won eight and lost just two of the last 11 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions, so they do have that on their side, and Mourinho has never lost against Arsene Wenger in nine previous meetings. Is it worth looking at a Chelsea – Draw Double Result for a price of 4/7 with Paddy Power? Really nothing much to split the two sides at the moment and both have had little hiccups recently. Who’ll take the initiative here?
The Gunners have slight favouritism in this one, and that is down the shaky away form of the Blues. They haven’t gone too well against the Blues, but they have to be good enough here if they want to deliver a big message to other title challengers. Worth looking at Arsenal to come good at value of 11/8 with Bet Victor.
Form (all competitions)
Arsenal WWWDLL, Chelsea LWWLWW
Arsenal have won just two of the last eight home league games against Chelsea
Jose Mourinho has never lost against Arsene Wenger (W5 D4 L0)
Chelsea have scored at least two in each of their last six EPL matches
Chelsea have won eight of the last 11 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions
19th December 2013 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting