Chelsea v Arsenal Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 15, 2017
Stamford Bridge - Premier League
Chelsea host an Arsenal side who have lost both their away games and failed to score in either of them, latterly a 4-0 hammering by Liverpool. The Blues have also had an extra day’s preparation after hammering out-of-their-depth Qarabag 6-0.
Chelsea have won on Arsenal’s last five visits with an aggregate score-line of 15-2, including an astonishing 6-0 slaughtering in 2013-14. Last season they eased to a 3-1 victory but Arsenal did beat them on penalties in the Community Shield after a 1-1 draw - albeit Chelsea led until being reduced to 10 men.
Champions Chelsea have so much strength in depth but are still unable to call upon new signing Danny Drinkwater. Background problems involving Diego Costa appear to be having no impact on Antonio Conte’s squad and you have to ask if Costa was fit and eager to play, would he get in the team anyway?
Arsenal remain without Santi Cazorla who is troubled by a plantaris injury and Francis Coquelin who has a hamstring injury.
Chelsea v Arsenal Preview and Predictions
Having narrowly missed out on the Champions League for the first time in an age and been heavily beaten recently at Liverpool this is Arsenal’s opportunity to show they are still one of the big boys. Scoring for fun at the Emirates against Koln and Bournemouth is one thing, earning a result at Stamford Bridge is an altogether different challenge and is reflected in odds of 50/13 for an Arsenal win while Chelsea are 4/5 to win, with and the odds on a draw 3/1.
Going forward Arsenal have plenty to offer but they continue to look fragile at the back. Chelsea will have too much for The Gunners defence. Should Arsenal fail to register a clean sheet it will be the 13th trip to the Bridge without a shut-out, equalling a club record for trips to one ground without managing to stop the opposition from scoring.
Arsenal may be dismayed to find the referee is Michael Oliver who has officiated just four Arsenal wins in his 19 Premier League games in charge of the Gunners
Eden Hazard to open the scoring at 6/1
Hazard has scored in three of Arsenal’s last four Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge and has the ability to find holes in anyone’s defence, let alone Arsenal’s.
Chelsea to win after being level at half time, at 17/4
Good value for a Chelsea win as determined Arsenal are capable of holding Conte’s men until the interval but are still likely to succumb.