2016/17 Premier League
Published: 17:00 26/08/2014
Jose Mourinho locks horns with the man he branded a ‘specialist in failure’ last season as Chelsea take on Arsenal in a stern test of their title credentials.
Arsene Wenger’s men of course went on to lift the F.A Cup in May and Arsenal fans will hope that this provides a springboard for a title push of their own.
This will be the twelfth time Mourinho and Wenger come head-to-head as managers and Chelsea fans will be pleased to know that the Portuguese has not lost in the previous eleven (6W, 5D).
Can the ‘specialist in failure’ finally get one over on his long-standing rival, or will Mourinho continue his hold over his North London counterpart? Whichever outcome you fancy, there’s a free £20 bet for everyone on Winner Sports when you register and place a £5 bet.
The last meeting between these two at Stamford Bridge ended in a 6-0 drubbing in favour of the blues as Arsenal’s frailties again came to the fore. Mourinho described that team last season as a ‘little horse’ but this time round he has the added firepower of Diego Costa, who has took to the Premier League like a duck to water.
There is, of course, another Chelsea signing who will have a keener eye on this fixture. Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will look to provide the perfect foil for Costa as they look to blast Chelsea to another league title.
With the extra attacking options at Chelsea’s disposal, Costa is an excellent choice in the goalscorer market.
The omens are good for Chelsea to continue their good form over the Gunners. Mourinho has only lost once at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, and his record against Arsenal makes for even better reading.
Chelsea continued their good form against Arsenal in Mourinho’s absence. Arsenal did leave the Bridge with all three points in 2008 and 2011, however, and strengthened their squad substantially over the summer.
They are still lacking in striking support for Olivier Giroud though who has not yet hit full fitness this season and is currently struggling with a foot injury.
Chelsea kept three clean sheets against Arsenal in their three meetings last season and Mourinho’s teams are notoriously hard to break down, especially at home.
Chelsea kept a total of 18 clean sheets last season and backing them to park the bus again and shut out the Gunners may prove a shrewd bet.