There are a few eye-catching games in the Premier League this weekend, but the fact that this is a London Derby adds extra spice. Chelsea are looking to respond after slipping to a 4-1 defeat at Brighton last week while Arsenal aim to maintain their lead at the top of the table.
As Chelsea were struggling on the south coast, the Gunners eased past Nottingham Forest via a 5-0 win. Overall form is much tighter and this should be a close and entertaining encounter. It is a Sunday match with a 12 Noon kick off, but what do the bookies make of it? This preview aims to find out before settling on our betting tips for the EPL match.
Another good reason to focus on this game is the fact that there are odds against figures on all three possible results. That means a good profit in this market, but we have to make the right call first.
Chelsea, with their home advantage are narrow favourites and you can back Graham Potter’s men at 8/5. An Arsenal win is at best industry odds of 17/10 while the draw rounds things off at 13/5 in most places.
The Gunners top the Premier League table and are second favourites to lift the EPL title. They also lead the way in terms of form with their last six matches bringing a total of 16 points. Chelsea’s loss to Brighton means that they have claimed 11 points in the same period.
With Chelsea claiming home advantage, form may be balanced out and there will be some interest in the draw. Before we commit to the result, this preview will take a look at some other betting options for Sunday.
Chelsea’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the favourite to open the scoring and the former Arsenal striker is listed at a best of 5/1 to find the net first. The Gabon international would be happy to strike against his former club, but he has scored just once in five league games to date. Current Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus may be a better option. He is marginally further back at 13/2, but has a better strike ratio with five league goals in 12 matches. Behind the main strikers, Chelsea’s Raheem Sterling could be the man to watch. He scored in the 2-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb in midweek and is quoted at 15/2 for the first goal on Sunday. For Arsenal, Gabriel Martinelli is at 8/1 and his five goals in 12 league games make him a serious option.
Our regular round up of side bets continues with Both Teams to Score which is on offer for Sunday’s game at a general 7/10. Anyone who prefers to take the ‘no’ option on BTTS can claim a top price of 5/4.
Turning now to Total Combined Goals and a stake Over the 2.5 line will currently attract 4/5 in most places, while there are odds of 11/5 in place to go higher at Over 3.5 goals. Those who feel this will be a more subdued encounter can switch to Under 2.5 goals which is available at 10/11.
This CFC vs AFC preview is left with some Correct Score suggestions and the odds that we’ve seen so far may point towards a lower scoring draw. With that in mind, the 1-1 draw may be worth considering at 6/1. Alternatively, a final outcome of Chelsea 2 Arsenal 1 can be claimed at 10/1 while the same scoreline in favour of the Gunners is available at those same odds of 10/1.
Our Preview’s CFC vs AFC Betting Tips Verdict
Can we disregard Chelsea’s 4-1 hammering at Brighton last week? As poor as the performance was, it is something of an anomaly in the fledgling Graham Potter era. Prior to that defeat, Chelsea hadn’t lost under their new manager and their unbeaten run stretched back for nine games. The Blues had also kept things tight at the back so it really was a shock to see them concede four. Chelsea should respond but we suspect that Arsenal may just be too strong.
The Gunners have been exceptional under Mikel Arteta: They have lost just once and are worthy leaders at the top of the table. After some unrest in the dressing room last season, the arrival of Gabriel Jesus has brought some stability, along with some important goals along the way.
With Gabriel Martinelli matching Jesus for league goals, this is a potent Arsenal unit that has proved too much for many sides. Chelsea will improve on last week’s performance, but the form guide over the season suggests that Arsenal will edge a tight game.
The away win is the first selection of the day and we’ll add Both Teams to Score at a more modest price. Arsenal to edge it by the odd goal is our betting tips conclusion from what should prove to be a close, battling contest.