Two of the biggest sides in English football meet on Saturday evening in what promises to be the match of the round in the Premier League as Chelsea host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Both of these London giants have recruited in the managerial department this summer, Unai Emery has replaced Arsene Wenger for Arsenal whilst Maurizio Sarri has been entrusted with the reins for Chelsea following the departure of Antonio Conte during the summer.
English Premier League
Chelsea vs Arsenal
Saturday 18th August 2018
Kick-off: 17.30 GMT
Match Winner Odds:
Chelsea – $1.8 – Bet 365
Arsenal – $4.5 – Betway
Draw – $4 – Paddy Power
The Blues endured a difficult season under Antonio Conte last term but still managed to pick up the FA Cup – which was still not enough to spare the Italian.
They began their campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win at Huddersfield and look well set to be involved in the battle for Champions League football this season.
Eden Hazard came off the bench for Chelsea last weekend and the Belgian will be eager to get his season up and running against the old rivals here.
Form: Last 5 Matches: W D L D D
The Gunners have spent big during the summer transfer window and they will be hoping Unai Emery can inspire them back towards the top 4 in the Premier League.
They suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Champions Manchester City last time out and they will be aware that two losses on the bounce will not be good for morale.
Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang is a menacing threat for Arsenal and he’ll be hoping to use his pace to exploit the Chelsea defence.
Form: Last 5 Matches: L W D W D
Head to Head
Arsenal hold the advantage in the historic head to head between the sides leading 76:62 whilst another 57 matches have ended as draws.
Remarkably the two sides met 5 times last term – with 4 of the meetings ending as draws and Arsenal winning the 5th as they reached the League Cup final.
Predicted Starting Line Ups:
|Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK)||Petr Cech (GK)|
|Cesar Azpilicueta||Hector Bellerin|
|Antonio Rudiger||Shkodran Mustafi|
|David Luiz||Sokratis Papastathopoulos|
|Marcos Alonso||Stephan Lichtsteiner|
|N’Golo Kante||Lucas Torreira|
|Eden Hazard||Mesut Ozil|
|Alvaro Morata||Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang|
Odds and Predictions
This should be a very entertaining clash between two very attacking sides with plenty to play for.
Both teams to score – YES – looks a wise move at $1.7 with Bet Bright.
Eden Hazard is often the thorn in Arsenal’s side and the Belgian looks to be ready to give his all for Chelsea this season.
Eden Hazard to score anytime looks a brilliant bet at $2.8 with Sporting Bet.
By far the biggest game of the weekend and with Emery and Sarri – goals are almost guaranteed.
Over 2.5 goals in the game looks an excellent move at $1.74 with Marathon Bet.
Arsenal will improve as the season goes on under Unai Emery but this game could have come too soon for them at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea to win the match is a very good punt at $1.8 with Bet 365.
Chelsea 2 – 1 Arsenal – $8.5 with Uni Bet.
Top Betting Tip
This should be a real battle of a London Derby between two excellent sides but Chelsea, with home support backing them, should prevail here.
Chelsea to win the match and both teams to score looks a very worthwhile punt at $3.45 with 888 Sport.