Premier League Betting: Arsenal v Chelsea - Fan v Fan Preview



Arsenal perspective: James McNicholas, Gunnerblog.

Team news

After missing the draw with Manchester City through illness, Thomas Vermaelen is available once again, giving Arsene Wenger a selection headache as he attempts to choose between three in-form centre-backs. Further upfield, he must decide between Gervinho and Olivier Giroud, who opened his account in midweek.

Form

Arsenal came out of the 1-1 draw at the Etihad with a good degree of credit. They showed tremendous spirit to fight back and grab the equaliser, and the 6-1 hammering of Coventry in midweek will only help raise spirits further.

Head-to-head

At around this time last year, we went to Stamford Bridge and notched a resounding 5-3 victory that turned our season around. The reverse fixture at Emirates was a dull, goalless affair. One suspects Chelsea would be happy to leave the Emirates with a point this time around too.

Best bets

The draw at 3.40. Both sides are unbeaten this season, and will be keen to maintain that record.

Santi Cazorla to score first at 10.00. The Spanish international has been Arsenal's most influential attacking force this season, so those odds for him to get the first goal seem very generous indeed.

Olivier Giroud to score last at 6.50. Given he's likely to start on the bench, it might make sense to back the striker to make an impact late on in this game.

Score prediction

Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea (9.00)

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Chelsea perspective: Andy Seaby, Chelsea Daft.

Team news

Chelsea have no new injury worries, with a number of players being rested for the 6-0 victory over Wolves in midweek. David Luiz, Ashley Cole and Branislav Ivanovic are due to be recalled to the side. It will be interesting to see if Roberto Di Matteo sticks with John Terry at the back and drops Gary Cahill to the bench. Frank Lampard, on the bench against Stoke and rested against Wolves, is pushing for a return.
 
Form

Chelsea head into this game top of the league and unbeaten. With three home wins against Reading, Newcastle and Stoke under our belts, we'l be looking to pick up another three points at the Emirates. Both teams have invested in new attacking flair and this game could really be a great showpiece for the Premier League. 
 
Head-to-head

Chelsea took just one point from Arsenal last season, a disappointing 0-0 draw towards the end of the season when our minds were on the Champions League tie with Barcelona. I don't think anything can be taken from that game as any indication as to what could happen tomorrow. In the other game last season, Arsenal took apart our high defensive line at Stamford Bridge, and was one of our low points of the season.

Chelsea have won only 19 times in 75 attempts away to Arsenal and will be looking to improve on that record. Our overall record against the sides in the top six was shocking last term, and must improve if we are to mount a challenge for the title. I think we can take the first step at the Emirates.
 
Best bets

John Terry to score first at 36.00. After watching Manchester City expose Arsenal's zonal marking from corners, Chelsea will hope to use their aerial threat. There is no one better than making his presence felt than John Terry.

Over 2.5 goals at 1.87. I believe there will be plenty of goals in this one, with both sides scoring for fun lately.

Chelsea to win by one goal at 3.90 ('draw' on 0-1 three-way handicap market). I honestly believe that Chelsea will win the game by a single goal, and this bet covers 0-1, 1-2, 2-3 and 3-4.

Score prediction

Arsenal 2-3 Chelsea (32.00)

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