Chelsea v Arsenal Betting Tips
Chelsea and Arsenal have taken drastically different approaches to the management of their first teams over the last two decades.
While Arsenal stuck with Arsene Wenger for the best part of 22 years, Chelsea have been operating a revolving door policy at Stamford Bridge. Both clubs are in the same position at the start of the new Premier League season though with new managers in the shape of Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery.
Of the two, Sarri will be the happier going into Saturday’s London derby. He oversaw a comfortable 3-0 win in his first EPL assignment last weekend and is targeting a first win on home turf at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s High Press to do the Damage
Arsenal fans were cautiously optimistic about Emery’s appointment. He has an impressive CV filled with trophies from his time at Sevilla and PSG and there was certainly a lot of intrigue about how his Arsenal team would play last weekend.
There were some good signs in terms of the way that Arsenal played and the fighting mentality they displayed in the second half.
The main cause for concern was the way that Arsenal appeared wedded to playing out from the back. That looked to be a real tactical misstep when matched up against a Man City side who press so aggressively and it could be Arsenal’s underdoing at Stamford Bridge.
Maurizio Sarri’s tactical style has long been compared with Pep Guardiola’s. The Chelsea players are still learning the finer details of his approach but their pressing was effective against Huddersfield and could make the difference against Arsenal.
The Gunners haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 2011. We don’t see that run ending this weekend. In fact, we think Chelsea look a very good price at $1.80 with Bet365.
Will Arsenal’s Individual Quality Keep This Competitive?
During commentary of Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat against Man City, Gary Neville suggested that it’s going to take Unai Emery “three or four” transfer windows to sort out the squad that he inherited from Wenger.
The squad definitely has some gaping holes but it’s not completely bereft of quality, especially in attacking positions.
Even during the worst times under Wenger, the Gunners were able to call upon their individual talent to win matches. We don’t think they’ll have quite enough to avoid defeat against Chelsea but don’t be surprised if Arsenal grab a goal.
We also think it could well be worth betting on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score Arsenal’s first goal of the game at $3.20 with Neds.
Aubameyang will be desperate to cement himself as Emery’s number one striker and looked sharp against Man City so is the man most likely to score for the Gunners.
Hazard can Hurt Arsenal Off the Bench
Chelsea have had to move once again to quell rumours linking Eden Hazard with a move to Real Madrid. It’s understood that the Belgian wants to join the Spanish giants but may not even make it into the starting XI for Chelsea on Saturday.
Hazard is still working his way up to full fitness while Willian and Pedro both impressed against Huddersfield. He has scored against Arsenal in each of the last five seasons though and has only lost to the Gunners once so we like the look of a bet on Hazard scoring the game’s last goal at $6.00 with Palmerbet.
Chelsea v Arsenal Betting Tips
Chelsea to win at $1.80 with Bet365
Both teams to score at $1.68 with BetEasy
Over 2.5 goals at $1.71 with Unibet
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score Arsenal’s first goal at $3.20 with Neds
Eden Hazard to score last at $6.00 with Palmerbet