First place meets fourth place as Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge for this week’s big derby of the Premier League. There are six points separating the two teams, and Chelsea do have a better goal average, but this match will also put face to face the two teams from the competition that are yet to suffer a defeat.
Chelsea come from a 0-1 over Sporting Lisbon, where the only goal was scored by Matic, and even if the Blues were by far the better team of the two, they were unable to score more as Schürrle and Costa had a few great chances to score only to be denied by Rui Patricio. Premier League’s goalscorer still nursing that hamstring injury picked up on international duty with Spain has sent a fair warning to the Gunners that regardless of how he will feel, he will play against them. After the draw against Man City, Chelsea went on to win three matches in a row, score six goals and concede only one.
Arsenal’s results in Premier League were nothing spectacular, as right after winning with 0-3 against Aston Villa they went on to lose against Southampton in the League One cup, then record a draw against Tottenham. Last night against Galatasary they continued their unbeaten streak against Turkish teams and won with 4-1 after a Danny Welbeck hat trick and a Szczęsny red card. Their injury list is far more extensive than Chelsea who have only Ramires and Drogba, while Arsenal will be without Arteta, Sanogo, Walcott, Ramsey, Giroud and Debuchy.
Everyone will remember last year’s 6-0 defeat Arsenal suffered at Stamford Bridge, a day Wenger has called one of the worst of his career, as Chelsea scored more goals than the Gunners had attempts on target. The stakes are always high for it, while Chelsea will try to increase their winning streak, Arsenal will do their best to avoid another embarrassment like that. Chelsea tipped to start with an aggressive formation and a front line of three players, while Arsenal will push Welbeck up front.
The Blues are the favorites to win, with Ladbrokes giving them 1.66 odds for an outright win, Arsenal got 5.00, and the likelihood of a draw has 3.75 odds. Chelsea to score until the 26th minute at 2.60, Arsenal at 4.60 and over 3.5 goals has 2.75 odds. The bookmaker has also a special offer for this match: if any Spanish player scores the first goal, they will refund any correct score losing bet in form of a free bet. Last year Arsenal lost because of their sloppy defense, which is why your potential bet on both to score will have value. We are betting 5 units on both teams to score and Chelsea to win at 3.30 odds with Ladbrokes, while the same betting market for Arsenal has 8.50 odds.
Chelsea London: Team’s Formation
Arsenal London: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Both teams to score and Chelsea to win