Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 14:57 29/07/2015
Premier League champions Chelsea take on FA Cup winners Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday 2nd August, find out how the football betting offers at William Hill can benefit your Chelsea v Arsenal betting.
Arsenal will be hoping to use the Community Shield to advertise their title claims for the coming season. The Gunners' main area for improvement is to take more points from their Premier League rivals as they hope to close the gap on Chelsea and Man City to still be in the hunt next May. Should Arsene Wenger finally defeat Jose Mourinho, then it could be a major psychological boost for his squad.
Chelsea will be looking to pick up where they left off, having stormed to Premier League glory last season. Mourinho has never lost to Wenger in 13 meetings to date and has previously labelled his opposite number as 'A specialist in failure' so there will be no love lost between the coaches when the sides take to the pitch at Wembley.
The match will mark Arsenal's 21st appearance in the Community Shield, of which they have previously won 13. The Gunners are also the current trophy holders having comfortably defeated Manchester City 3–0 last year and interestingly their last defeat in the tournament came against Chelsea in 2005, when they lost 2–1.
Chelsea have won four of the ten Community Shields they have appeared in, their most recent success coming against Manchester United in 2009. On their last appearance they lost 3–2 to Manchester City in 2012.
Bore Draw Insurance
Arsenal have failed to score against Chelsea in five meetings, and it's interesting to not that two of those fixtures ended as 0-0 draws. Arsenal will be desperate to break the Chelsea hoodoo, but Mourinho is the master of stifling his opponent and a tight game is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility.
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Goalscorer 2nd Chance
Eden Hazard had a knack of opening the scoring for Chelsea last season and was at it again when the Blues drew 2-2 with Barcelona in the International Champions Cup. The Belgian also tends to be on penalty duty, so will have his fair share of backers in the First Goalscorer market.
Diego Costa began last season in flying form and is an obvious choice, while Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy will be hoping for some game time to stake a claim for a regular starting berth. Oscar and Fabregas are you most likely candidates in midfield, but it could be worth waiting for the team-sheets if you fancy one of the less likely starters.
For Arsenal, Theo Walcott will be hoping to have an injury free campaign and looks reasonably priced to notch first, but Olivier Giroud could be a slightly safer option for those siding with the Gunners.
Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck remain absent, so the likes of Ozil, Cazorla and Ramsey look like the next best options if you don't fancy one of the forwards to strike first.
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