Arsenal v Chelsea Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions
December 31, 2017
Arsenal v Chelsea Betting Tips
Despite Antonio Conte ruling his side out of the title race weeks ago, the Blues have found themselves chasing down Manchester United into second and don’t look like stopping.
Naturally, Manchester City may be a spot too far, with Guardiola’s men now firm favourites for the Premier League title. Getting one up on Mourinho though; how could Conte resist?
The Gunners are chasing down a top four spot and will need some big scalps if they’re to steal a march on Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United.
What The Bookmakers Are Saying
Arsenal have only beaten Spurs inside the top six so far this season, although did play out a 0-0 with Chelsea on the second weekend of the Premier League.
The bookies are backing Arsenal to beat Chelsea at 11/8, with the Blues slightly higher odds of 15/8.
Conte’s men are in fine form and you’d fancy them to take this one. They looked phenomenal in their 5-0 win against Stoke and have now won five of their last six games.
A 0-0 at the Emirates would look a decent bet at 14/1, with Chelsea taking that at their last away game at Everton, while they’ve also scored seven in their last two so goals may be on the agenda.
A Morata first goal looks the most sensible at 4/1 for the Blues, while Marcos Alonso has chipped in of late and could be good value for first goalscorer at 14/1.
Alexis Sanchez could well be playing his last ever game for Arsenal and at 5/1 to score first, he could make some money for Gunners fans before he goes.
Our top tip would be a red card in the game with it being a feisty fixture over the years. At Stamford Bridge, David Luiz was given an early bath, while Pedro also saw red in the Community Shield fixture at the beginning of the season.
There’s been a red in the past three meetings, all having narrow margins. We’d fancy Chelsea thanks to their fine form, and a 2-1 win at 9/1.
Head to Head
It’ll be almost a year since Chelsea beat Arsenal, with two of their last three meetings being a draw.
Arsenal had the upper hand in the FA Cup Final at the end of last season, with Alexis Sanchez being a key figure in that win.
He’ll once again be a vital player for Arsene Wenger and could prove to be the difference, just as he was in this fixture last season.
That finished 3-0 to Arsenal, with Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott also getting amongst the goals.
One win in five for Conte against Arsenal will need to be rectified, and we fancy him to do it in what’s set to be a tight, but thrilling encounter.