You get the sense that these two sides are heading in separate directions at the moment. Arsenal, after a horrific start to their 2016/17 campaign, have now won three games on the bounce; scoring nine goals in the process. Happy days.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have dropped five points in their last two outings, and perhaps more importantly were completely outplayed by Liverpool in their own backyard a couple of Fridays ago.
With forward motion being in Arsenal’s favour at the moment, will they take the spoils when the two teams clash at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening?
If Arsene Wenger was in chipper mood given his side’s good form, that might sour somewhat when he considers the players he is missing due to injury. He’s unlikely to see Danny Welbeck and Per Mertesacker again in 2016, while Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud are expected to miss this tie with Chelsea due to hamstring and toe injuries respectively.
In the absence of the latter, Wenger may have to rejig the way his side plays, although Alexis Sanchez bagged a brace from a central striking role last time out against Hull, so that is surely the route the Frenchman will go down.
Bad news for Chelsea: John Terry is rated as doubtful for this one, and that means the Gary Cahill-David Luiz axis of evil, which has shipped four goals in two starts, will continue.
2016/17 Season Stats
Three wins in three (Arsenal), no win in two (Chelsea). That could well be the key stat here.
Both of these sides’ issues this season have stemmed from an inability to defend: the Gunners have conceded in 80% of their outings thus far, at a rate of more than one goal per game on average. The Blues have also conceded in 4/5 to date.
No such problems at the other end of the pitch, however. Only Manchester City have scored more goals this term than Arsenal, while Chelsea have scored at least one in every game they have played.
“Over 2.5 Goals has been witnessed in 80% of Arsenal matches and 100% of Chelsea”
Consequently, Over 2.5 Goals has been witnessed in 80% of Arsenal matches and 100% of Chelsea, with both teams scoring in 80% of both Arsenal and Chelsea outings.
If corner betting is your thing, then you might be glad to hear that Arsenal and Chelsea have conceded fewer corners than any other Premier League side so far this term.
There have been 165 meetings between these two sides dating back more than a century, with Arsenal boasting the upper hand with a lead of 62-55.
In the last five years they have met 12 times in all competitions, with Chelsea winning seven, Arsenal two and three draws.
Given the goals stats for the two sides, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they simply try to outscore each other on Saturday; good news for spectators, and good news for punters too.
Both the Gunners and the Blues are better off in the final third of the pitch than in their own penalty area, and so the first bet straight off the bat has to be Over 2.5 Goals & Both Teams to Score, which is available at Evens with bet365.
We certainly expect Arsenal to find the net at least once, and with Giroud likely to be missing we’ll be looking at Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean bagged a brace last week in a more advanced role, and so at 2/1 with Betfair it’s worth a punt that he does so again here.
But the key bet, the winner of the match, is Arsenal (29/20, William Hill). They look to be in the ascendancy at the moment, and with Chelsea’s defensive woes increasing it will take some effort from the Blues to go out and outscore the Gunners on home soil.
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