Arsenal v Chelsea Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Arsenal v Chelsea

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Saturday, December 28, 2019


Emirates Stadium

Punter's Pick

Chelsea to nick all three points by a one goal margin looks a good value punt at 10/3 with Bet365, with the home side looking all at sea in recent weeks at the Emirates Stadium. Brazilian winger Willian can give Arsenal youngster a tough time all afternoon, and is 12/5 to find the back of the net anytime, again with Bet365.

Bitter London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, with both sides desperate for three points after disappointing Boxing Day results.

Arteta debut ends in tame draw

After finally landing their man from Manchester City, Arsenal would have been hoping for the traditional immediate new manager uplift in performances and results against a severely depleted Bournemouth side on Boxing Day. It however failed to materialize, as familiar defensive frailties along with a below par performances from a number of key players lead to the Gunners scraping a point against their struggling hosts. Mikel Arteta would have been distinctly unimpressed by what he saw, and it would have confirmed the scale of the task facing him as his side remains closer to the relegation places than Champions League qualification.

Arteta opted to start with Mesut Ozil, the German now under his fourth manager in his stay at Arsenal, and seemingly still cutting the same distant and at times forlorn figure. It was no surprise the attacker was substituted in the 75th minute, and with a host of young players champing at the bit for their opportunity, it will be interesting to see how things pan out for the underperforming World Cup winner under Arteta.

Chelsea continue to underwhelm

After a positive result and performance last weekend as they swept aside local rivals Spurs 2-0, Chelsea fans would have been going into their Boxing Day clash with Southampton at home in optimistic mood. However a crushing 2-0 defeat against a side battling for relegation still leaves plenty of question marks about the quality of Frank Lampard’s side, with this defeat being their fifth in the last seven games. Not only has their lead over Spurs in the race for the final Champions League spot been cut to three points, the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi did little to advance his course as a serious contender to become more of a regular starter in the Chelsea XI. The England winger has failed to get going all season, which will be of concern to Lampard with most of the youngsters around him all contributing and making progression.

Team News

Rotation could be the name of the game for both managers, with both sides facing getting just two days recovery time, and facing a further fixture on New Years Day. Chelsea may look to go back to the same side that impressively beat Tottenham 2-0, meaning no place for Callum Hudson-Odoi. They would dearly love to rest leading scoring Tammy Abraham as well, with the forward looking increasingly weary as he continues to lead the line, but backup striker Michy Batshuayi has inspired little confidence and it could be the England forward continues to toil on until reinforcements can be brought in the January transfer window.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is still without a recognised left back, so young winger Bukayo Saka is likely to have to continue and pit his wits against the tricky Brazilian Willian. Record signing Nicolas Pepe was limited to a ten minute cameo against Bournemouth but may come into the reckoning for a place in the starting XI with the recalled Reiss Nelson and Alexandre Lacazette doing little to impress in Arteta’s first game in charge.

Chelsea to spring another away day masterclass?

With an impressive six wins from nine games on their travels in the league so far this season, the Blues have been doing their best work away from Stamford Bridge, and can add Arsenal to their list of casualties. The Emirates Stadium may be rocking from Arteta’s first game in charge, but this is a side that has forgotten the art of winning and if Chelsea can give another slick tactical masterclass similar to their away day success at Tottenham, they should have too much for the home side.

Punter's Pick

Chelsea to nick all three points by a one goal margin looks a good value punt at 10/3 with Bet365, with the home side looking all at sea in recent weeks at the Emirates Stadium. Brazilian winger Willian can give Arsenal youngster a tough time all afternoon, and is 12/5 to find the back of the net anytime, again with Bet365.

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