Aug 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018

Premier League preview: Chelsea vs. Arsenal

Chelsea vs. Arsenal odds

Inform your Chelsea vs. Arsenal prediction

Analysing the Chelsea vs. Arsenal stats

Premier League preview: Chelsea vs. Arsenal

Arsenal make the short trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the season’s second London derby. Looking for value in the Chelsea vs. Arsenal odds? Read on to inform your Chelsea vs. Arsenal prediction.

A close look at the Chelsea vs. Arsenal odds

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The moneyline odds point to Chelsea as favourites this Saturday, giving them a 54% chance to take all three points.

Time: Saturday 18 August, 17:30 UTC

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Chelsea predicted lineup:

Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Morata, Willian

Chelsea team news: Hazard made a cameo in the blues 3-0 win against Huddersfield, Fabregas may miss out due to a knee injury.

Arsenal predicted lineup

Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Lichsteiner; Torreira, Xhaka, Ozil, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan; Aubameyang

Arsenal team news: Maitland-Niles came off injured during their 2-0 loss to Manchester City. Kolasinac, Monreal, Koscielny all set to miss out due to injury.

Chelsea vs. Arsenal expected goals stats

  • Chelsea expected goals per game: 2.33
  • Chelsea expected goals against per game: 0.40
  • Chelsea expected points per game: 2.75
  • Arsenal expected goals per game: 0.45
  • Arsenal expected goals against per game: 2.02
  • Arsenal expected points per game: 0.29

Inform your Chelsea vs. Arsenal prediction

Two very different starts for the new managers in the opening weekend of the Premier League.

Mauricio Sarri’s Chelsea defeated Huddersfield 3-0 in rather stylish fashion, meanwhile Unai Emery’s Arsenal succumbed to a 2-0 loss to current Champions Manchester City.

It doesn’t get much easier for Emery, who has taken over from Arsene Wenger after over two decades in the Arsenal dugout. Chelsea, whilst not at full strength, offer a brand new test compared to the challenge they offered last season.

Sarri is transforming the Blues from a defensively astute side to a fast and free-flowing attacking outfit, which uses quick and precise short passing to unlock the opposition defence. Chelsea managed 60% possession in their opening game, only Fulham managed more, and 4% more than their average last season.

It was the new partnership of N’golo Kante and Jorginho that really impressed, as they made Huddersfield’s lack of defensive shielding pay dividends, playing inbetween the lines and leaving Willian, Pedro, and later in the game Hazard to run at the back four. Both the first and third goals came from one of the midfield duo playing inbetween the lines and attacking the Terrier’s defence.

This could cause a problem for Arsenal, who have been missing a player who can shield the defence in the middle of the park for many years. Raheem Sterling capitalised on just this on the opening weekend, running across the midfield line without being challenged and finding the top corner.

Lucas Torreira will hopefully solve this issue, whether he starts the game after making a substitute appearance on Sunday remains to be seen.

Saturday offers another chance for the Gunners to show themselves against a team they could be battling it out for a Champions League place with. Defensively they need to improve after allowing 17 shots against Manchester City.                

Chelsea vs. Arsenal betting: Where is the value?

Whilst Arsenal go into the game as underdogs after being outclassed by Manchester City, odds of 4.560* offer real value, particularly against a side who, whilst they looked comfortable against Huddersfield, are still in a transition process.

Chelsea’s new stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga was untested on Saturday and if Arsenal put him under pressure they could have some joy.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Chelsea’s last three Premier League home games. Under 2.5 and 3 goals is currently priced at 1.990*, and with two sides as evenly matched as they are here, could be the smart bet.

Odds subject to change

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