2017-18 EPL: Chelsea vs Arsenal Betting Tips

September 16, 2017 by Posted in Soccer Tips

Arsenal make a short trip across London to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea on Sunday knowing fully well that they are still a long way from being title challengers. This London derby will surely be the highlight of English Premier League’s matchday five on super Sunday, September 17th.

Season so far
Champions Chelsea started the season in the worst possible manner with a 3-2 reverse at home to Burnley. But, that looks a distant past as three impressive wins against Tottenham, Everton and Leicester City brought their campaign back on track. With nine points, they stand third behind the two Manchester clubs and have the potential of topping the table with favourable results.

Arsenal had their own stuttering run so far with two wins and two losses. The losses away from home to Stoke City and Liverpool highlighted their deficiencies as they try to grapple with issues of inconsistency. They currently are 11th in the table with just six points and another loss will heap more misery on Arsene Wenger.


A derby that Arsenal has struggled to compete in the past two decades
This is one fixture that the Blues have had a grip in the past couple of decades. Antonio Conte’s had a great outing in the midweek against Qarabag in the Champions League, hitting them for six goals without reply. With playmaker Eden Hazard in contention for a start, it looks like the Blues are all set to show their true title challenger credentials.

Arsenal have not won any of the last 13 Premier League away games against last season’s top-six teams – a stat that would embarrass Wenger. Despite winning the FA Cup as recently as May, Wenger has so many questions to answer as critics watch this game very closely.

Key Stats and battles
Arsenal have not won at Stamford Bridge since 201 and have lost on their last five visits. They were unable to keep a clean sheet in their last 12 matches at the Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have scored at home in 23 successive Premier League games with 12 of these matches seeing them score three or more goals.

It could be a battle of Alvaro Morata and Alexis Sanchez – two top strikers of the League.

It will take a brave heart to back Arsenal win this game and the odds of $4.50 (bet365) indicate the same. Chelsea are the favourites to continue their home dominance odds of $1.80 (William Hill) on their win look prudent.

TIP: Chelsea to win – $1.80 at William Hill

Hazard has a great record against Arsenal and the Belgian will be available for selection after recovering from an injury. Back him at odds of $2.70 (Ladbrokes) to score anytime in the match.
For Arsenal, Sanchez at odds of $3 (Ladbrokes) looks a good pick to score anytime.

TIP: Eden Hazard to score anytime – $2.70 at Ladbrokes

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