Can Arsenal’s Defence Keep Chelsea at Arms Length?
It was a highly anticipated meeting but there was very little to shout about when these two sides met at Stamford Bridge back in September 2017. Unexpectedly, Arsenal’s defence was well-marshalled by Shkodran Mustafi and looked solid throughout the 90 minutes which was enough to secure them a point. The two sides clash once again on January 3rd and a far more entertaining affair is expected this time around.
With Manchester City 15 points clear at the top of the table, the London duo are competing and jostling for top four positions and both managers will be desperate not to drop points here. Wenger’s side are never far from a defensive collapse and the Frenchman has recently been switching between a back three and a back four in recent Premier League matches with mixed results, and Chelsea will be hoping to exploit that uncertainty. Here at BettingTop10, you can find details of all the top Irish online bookmakers including Betfair who have made Arsenal 11/8 favourites for this clash at the Emirates with Chelsea priced as 9/5 outsiders. Another stalemate is available at 13/5.
Arsene Wenger is ever the pragmatist and this is his 810th Premier League game in charge, but his side are falling short of pre-season expectations this year and he needs this result badly. His defence expertly took Alvaro Morata out of the game in West London and they must ensure the Spaniard becomes isolated once again here.
Elsewhere, Liverpool travel to face Burnley at Turf Moor hoping to collect their sixth away win of the season. The Reds have been excellent so far and tremendous entertainment for the neutral. The Clarets are riding high and defying all expectations including taking points from Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton so far this campaign. Sean Dyche’s side are a tempting 5/1 to take all three points from the Reds whilst Jurgen Klopp’s men start as 1/2 favourites with Paddy Power for the meeting on January 1st.