Chelsea will be looking to keep their strong run going as they welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge in one of the biggest games of the season so far. The Blues have banished memories of their opening day defeat to Burnley and have won their subsequent 4 matches in all competitions.
Arsenal have had an indifferent start to the season with 2 wins and 2 defeats in their first 4 league games but with Alexis Sanchez back in the fold, Arsene Wenger’s men could see this game as an early season catalyst.
English Premier League – Chelsea vs Arsenal – Stamford Bridge Sunday 17th September 2017 Kick-off: 13.30 GMT
- Chelsea – Best Odds – 4/5 (Betfred)
- Arsenal – Best Odds – 37/10 (Uni Bet)
- Draw – Best Odds – 3/1 (Bet Victor)
Antonio Conte has done another remarkable job at Chelsea already this season – with a summer filled with speculation and conjecture the Italian has revitalised his squad in key areas and looks to be getting the best out of his players.
Eden Hazard’s return from injury will come as a welcome boost for the Blues who could also give home Premier League debuts to Davide Zappacosta and Danny Drinkwater.
Alvaro Morata’s form will have also encouraged Conte – the Spaniard has scored 3 goals in 4 league games and looks to be proving worthy of the £60 million price Chelsea paid for his services.
Similarly, most of the summer for Arsenal was dominated by intrigue in Alexis Sanchez from rival clubs but the Chilean is staying at the Emirates – for now at least – and scored a majestic goal against FC Koln in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The form of Danny Welbeck is also a big plus for the Gunners as he too has scored 3 goals in 4 games and looks to be fulfilling his potential at the Emirates.
Arsenal’s defensive woes continue though, the Gunners have conceded 8 goals already this term and need to rectify that if they harbour any intentions of Champions League football next season.
Head to Head
Arsenal edge the historical head to head with a 72:62 lead with 55 competitive draws also taking place between the two English giants. Last season the teams met 3 times in all competitions. Arsenal thrashed Chelsea 3-0 back in September 2016 whilst Chelsea returned the favour with a comfortable 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge in February 2017.
The most recent match between the two teams was the curtain raiser to this season in the Community Shield at Wembley with Arsenal winning on penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time.
Odds and Predictions
Chelsea look to be brimming with confidence at the moment.
Chelsea to score first is a good prediction at 8/13 with Coral.
Big Premier League games are normally cagey affairs.
Under 2.5 goals in the game looks overpriced at 29/20 with Betfair.
As mentioned, Alvaro Morata is in great form and has scored on both of his league starts at the Bridge.
Morata looks good value at Evens with Betway to score anytime here.
These matches are notoriously feisty affairs with local rivalries at stake.
A sending off in the match looks a savvy punt at 11/4 with Sky Bet.
Chelsea 2 – 0 Arsenal – 10/1 – William Hill
Top Betting Tip
This should be a fascinating battle between two of the top clubs in the league but Chelsea should have too much quality.
Chelsea to win and keep a clean sheet pays 4.95 with Bet 365.