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03/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

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In a sentence: Arsenal have a bit of ground to make up on the top four as Chelsea visit the Emirates Stadium in what could be a lively festive fixture.

Last time: The teams played out a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in September, with David Luiz seeing red late on. It was a decent performance from an Arsenal fresh from their 4-0 pasting at Liverpool, as Arsene Wenger’s side earned their first point away at Chelsea in six years.

This time: Arsenal are 15/8 for the win, while Chelsea are 13/8 and the draw is 13/5.

You might remember: Aaron Ramsay’s winner for the Gunners in last season’s FA Cup final, Mohamed Salah rounding off the scoring for Chelsea in a 6-0 demolition a few years ago, and a thrilling 5-3 win for Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in 2011 when two late goals from Robin van Persie to complete his hat-trick secured a dramatic victory for the visitors.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

The two teams are coming into this game off the back of very different results in their final fixtures of 2017. Arsenal were left criticising the referee after drawing at West Brom, while Chelsea smashed five past an understrength Stoke side. After only winning two of their last seven games, this is a massive game for the hosts.

Arsenal are 15/8 to pick up a timely win, with the bookmakers struggling to call the game. The Gunners are unbeaten since Manchester United took all three points from the Emirates in early December, but have had some disappointing results over the Christmas period. The spirited fightback against Liverpool only ended up gaining the Gunners a point, while they conceded a controversial late penalty to miss out on the win last time out at the Hawthorns.

Chelsea are 13/8 so they go into the game as slight favourites in the betting. Their resounding win over Mark Hughes’ beleaguered Potters was great for morale, and temporarily lifted the Blues into second place in the table. As they have a game in hand over Manchester United, a win on Wednesday evening would lift the Stamford Bridge outfit back above Jose Mourinho’s side once again.

The draw is 13/5 and could be a decent bet considering both the recent form of both teams. A stalemate would be Arsenal’s fifth draw in eight Premier League games, while Chelsea have dropped points in three of their last four away games. Three of the last nine league fixtures between these two have ended 0-0, and it’s 15/1 for the same scoreline in this one.

Alexis Sanchez is 15/8 to score anytime, which is an attractive price for a player who has four goals in his last three games, if you count his deflected free-kick against West Brom. Every Arsenal player ran to celebrate with the Chilean after he broke the deadlock late on at the Hawthorns, and he’s 11/2 to open the scoring again.

Alvaro Morata is the 9/2 favourite to bag the first of the game, despite missing a couple of chances in the victory over Stoke. The Spaniard did make the breakthrough in Chelsea’s Boxing Day win against Brighton though, and is 7/5 to score anytime at the Emirates. Pedro netted with a delicious turn and finish last time out, and he’s 9/1 to score the last goal of the game in this one.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

A winter of discontent. If Arsenal struggle in front of their home fans, then the cracks of division that seem to have opened up in recent weeks may widen. Discipline could suffer as a result, and you can get a price of 23/4 on a Gunners player getting sent off.

 

 

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We fancy:

Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 10/3. The Blues have kept three consecutive clean sheets, but Arsenal have plenty of talented attackers who can trouble the visitors’ backline. With the chance of getting themselves into second place, the defending Premier League champions should have enough to get the win, with a 2-1 scoreline priced at 9/1.

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It’s a long shot, but:

Morata to score the only goal of the game at 35/1. A Diego Costa goal handed Chelsea a 1-0 win at the Emirates two Januarys ago, and this is a good price for their new spearhead to do the same. The gruelling festive schedule could mean there are some tired legs out there, and the game being decided by the odd goal.

 

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Written by Oli Coates

Oli Coates is a huge sports fan, particularly football and especially Manchester United, who follows sports betting closely and has written extensively on the market. An experienced writer, Oli has covered everything from travel to how to care for your pets!