Chelsea vs Arsenal: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips – Premier League
Saturday, August 18th, 2018, 12:30pm
Stamford Bridge, London
Another tough test for the Gunners as they travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Sarri’s men.
Unai Emery must have wondered what he had done to deserve Manchester City and Chelsea as his first games in charge at Arsenal. A defeat against City was perhaps to be expected but he will be hoping that his side that can pick themselves up and start making up for last season’s disappointing league form.
Chelsea won convincingly at Huddersfield on the opening day of the season without really looking very impressive and will be confident that they can get another three points at home here. Alvaro Morata was invisible once again against the Terriers and it will be interesting to see whether Maurizio Sarri persists with the misfiring Spain international.
Emery surprised Arsenal fans in their defeat to Manchester City by playing Aaron Ramsey up front but soon changed things around to introduce Alexandre Lacazette and it would seem likely that the French striker will get another chance against Chelsea. With a new manager there is the chance for Arsenal players to stake a claim for a regular place and Lacazette has the talent to be a regular starter.
Arsenal’s defence looked vulnerable against City and Maurizio Sarri should pick a side to attack the questionable centre back pairing of Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi. Petr Cech didn’t perform much better and he may find himself dropped for the visit to his old club. Chelsea’s attacking power will be too much for Arsenal and a 2-0 victory could be on the cards.
Chelsea may have been outplayed by Manchester City in the Community Shield match but they put three past an unfortunate Huddersfield on the opening day of the season and will be strong favourites here. Arsenal will want to get their first goals of the season but might not get the chances at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea conceded 13 fewer goals than Arsenal last season.
Sarri’s Chelsea will want to get going at the Arsenal defence right from the start so an early goal could easily be the result of some immediate pressure. Arsenal didn’t win an away game in 2018 until the final day of the
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These two teams met each other on four occasions last season with Chelsea unable to get a single victory. A 0-0 draw early on in the season was followed by a 2-2 thriller at the start of the year before Arsenal beat the Blues over two legs in the EFL Cup semi final.
- Unai Emery became the first Arsenal manager since Terry Neill in 1976 to lose his opening game. The Gunners went on to finish 8th that season.
- Arsenal won their 13th FA Cup by defeating Chelsea 2-1 in the 2017 final. They then repeated the feat by beating the Blues on penalties in the Community Shield.
- These two sides have played each other 195 times with Arsenal being the more successful – they have won 75 matches opposed to Chelsea’s 62 victories.
- David Luiz completed 92 passes in Chelsea’s first game of the season. Only James Milner, Tom Cairney and Jean Michael Seri completed more.