Arsenal v Chelsea Betting Tips – 3rd January 2018
The first week back at work in the New Year can often be a slow affair as people work their way back up from the Christmas break. There is no such warming up period in the Premier League though as Arsenal and Chelsea will find out on Wednesday night.
These two London rivals had mixed fortunes in 2017 and will be desperate to get 2018 off to a winning start at the Emirates.
Obviously, that’s easier said than done when you’re talking about two of the best teams in the country. It’s going to take a top class performance for either side to grab the three points but which of the two represent betting value?
Chelsea to Turn the Tables
When Arsenal visited Stamford Bridge in September their fans were not confident about the outcome. The Gunners have a bad record in recent years against the Premier League’s top sides and lost 5-0 to Liverpool just a few weeks previously.
However, those fears were unfounded as Arsenal battled to a 0-0 draw, frustrating Chelsea at every turn.
Backed by a full house at the Emirates, the tables will be turned this time around and it’s Arsenal who are expected to push for the three points.
The question is, can Chelsea keep the home side at bay just like Arsenal did?
We’re not sure they can but believe they’re good enough for the win even if Arsenal get on the scoresheet.
Antonio Conte still needs reassurances from the Chelsea board that there is money to spend on high quality reinforcements but he seems happy enough to get on with the job of coaching the team for now.
Chelsea are playing well and continue to battle Man Utd for second place. They have the attacking talent to outscore Arsenal at the Emirates and so a bet on the Blues to win and both teams to score looks tempting at 18/5 with BetVictor.
Defensive Frailties to Heap the Pressure on Wenger’s Shoulders
If there’s one area Arsenal really need to improve it’s in defence. They have a decent record compared to most of the Premier League but no team can win the title whilst conceding the number of sloppy goals that the Gunners do.
Their record against their fellow top six clubs is particularly worrying. The 0-0 draw to Stamford Bridge and their win over Tottenham are their only clean sheets against the sides above them in the table. Moreover, they conceded three against Man City, three against Man Utd and seven in two games against Liverpool.
With the Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard playing very well of late, Chelsea may well have fun at the Emirates so back them to score over 1.5 goals at 6/5 with Boylesports.
On that man Hazard, while he is thrilling Chelsea fans and entertaining neutrals up and down the country, he could go on to break England hearts at the World Cup.
It’s too early for Hazard to be worrying about burning himself out ahead of his trip to Russia and he’ll be happy enough to keep his hot run of form going. He’s scored some wonderful goals against Arsenal in the past and will likely pop up with another at 9/4 with Unibet.
Nervy Start to Give Way to a Frantic Ending
Arsenal and Chelsea will be sick of the site of each other come the end of January. They’ve been drawn against each other in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup which adds an extra element to Wednesday night’s game.
Initially, it could mean that the two sides are a little bit cautious but we expect the game to open up the longer it goes on.
So, have a bet on the second half having more goals than the first at 107/100 with Marathonbet.