Arsenal vs Chelsea: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
After a star-studded clash in north London last week, the Premier League welcomes another, as Arsenal and Chelsea meet on Sunday at 4.30pm.
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The Premier League welcomed fans back in style last week and matchday two promises to be another belter, with north London shifting from that blockbuster bout at Tottenham, in which reigning champions Man City were handed a rude awakening, to the red half of the capital, as Arsenal and Chelsea collide.
The Gunners continued their poor form from last season with an opening-day defeat to new boys Brentford, with Mikel Arteta left scratching his head as his summer signings failed to put the recently-promoted club to the sword, adding an extra layer of pressure to this contest against the European champions.
Following Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea, Man City await at the Etihad, so the emphasis on collecting points this weekend is already at a maximum. Thomas Tuchel’s job will be to create unrest on the terraces, with a fanbase disillusioned by years of stagnation and having seen European competition fall by the wayside.
The west Londoners are currently riding the crest of a wave as European and Super Cup champions, plus with the recent addition of Romelu Lukaku to the ranks, that recent 3-0 win over Crystal Palace and Trevoh Chalobah coming to the fore, the Blues will undoubtedly favour a strong title challenge this campaign.
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Match Stats
Chelsea have not played swashbuckling, liquid football under Tuchel, but rather, they have been a ruthlessly organised and disciplined outfit, emphasis by the fact that since the German’s first game in charge in January, Edouard Mendy has kept more clean sheets in the league than any other goalkeeper (10).
Arsenal’s own struggles in front of goal were illuminated last week as a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-less side fired a blank against Brentford, and they will seriously need to change their approach if they are to breach one of, if not the division’s most watertight defences.
With Lukaku also arriving from Italian champions Inter, having netted the second-most Serie A goals last season (24), behind only Cristiano Ronaldo (29), he will be relishing this match-up against an old foe. He famously netted in a 3-0 win over Arsenal for Everton in 2014, with Arteta also scoring an own goal on that day.
12 May 2021 – Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal – Premier League
26 Dec 2020 – Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea – Premier League
1 Aug 2020 – Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea – FA Cup
21 Jan 2020 – Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal – Premier League
29 Dec 2019 – Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea – Premier League
Arsenal incredibly won both of their Premier League matches against Chelsea in 2020/21, last winning three in a row against the Blues in the competition between January 2003 and February 2004. That May encounter saw Emile Smith Rowe net the only goal of the game as Chelsea looked atypically pedestrian on home soil. With Tuchel no doubt vying for the title this term, he will be looking for a response.