The Premier League sets up for the first clash of the “big six” this Sunday with a London clash between Arsenal and Chelsea.
ARSENAL VS CHELSEA BETTING
Pressure this early on? It may seem soon, but Mikel Arteta knows a defeat this Sunday will leave him with some big questions to answer – especially with Pep Guardiola’s champions, Manchester City, up next.
So inept were his team against Brentford on the opening day that a no-show in this upcoming London derby is almost unthinkable. With a full house welcoming the Gunners back for their first home game of the season, anything other than a positive result may leave Arteta wishing the Emirates doors were still closed.
The Arsenal faithful will be looking at Chelsea’s forward line in envy. With little to no news surfacing regarding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette’s availability – both missed the trip to Brentford due to illness – goal-scoring duties could fall onto the shoulders of Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun, who could make his second Premier League appearance.
In the history of this contest, Arsenal boast 80 wins, with Chelsea victorious 65 times. It’s ended all square 58 times. Yes, Chelsea start as favourites, but recent history is on the Gunners’ side. Arsenal won both meetings last season, so there’s enough to suggest they can get their season started on Sunday.
If available, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on offer at 29/4 (8.25), to open the scoring. If you fancy him to start from the bench, he is the same price to score the last goal. How about Alexandre Lacazette to score at any time and the game to end as a draw? That’s available at 12/1 (13.00).
The draw and over 2.5 goals to go in is priced at 7/20 (1.35).
If you think it’s Arsenal’s time to shine, a 2-0 home win is 20/1 (21.00).
Fans and pundits alike will feel the Blues can really send out a strong message by claiming three points in north London.
Teams will have stood up and taken notice after Chelsea’s strong start, winning convincingly at a tricky venue, Selhurst Park. Chelsea found their rhythm against Crystal Palace on matchday one, scoring three goals for the good, but the feeling at Stamford Bridge is that there’s a lot more to come.
Perhaps in the form of a new player – but an old friend. Romulu Lukaku is back in blue and in contention to make his second debut, ten years after his first. Will he create a big headline on his return? We have the forward to score at any time at 23/20 (2.15).
A 3-1 Chelsea triumph is on offer at 14/1 (15.00).
If you reckon there will be goals, a 3-3 draw could take your fancy – with odds of 85/1 (86.00) it could be worth considering.
What about the bore draw? No goals at all to go in is available at 9/1 (10.00).
ARSENAL VS CHELSEA: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS
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