Key Stat: Including their International Champions Cup friendly, Chelsea have now gone seven games in all competitions without beating Arsenal.
Expert Verdict: Chelsea have a poor record in the last 15 months or so in this fixture, but they can put that right at Stamford Bridge on Saturday having opened their 2018/19 Premier League account with three goals and three points. Arsenal looked below their best against Manchester City as they adapt to Unai Emery’s ways – this could be a good time for Chelsea to meet them.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Prediction & Betting Tips
Chelsea vs Arsenal Head-to-Head Stats
In competitive fixtures, Arsenal are unbeaten in their last six matches against Chelsea and have won 76 times in this fixture compared to the Blues’ 62, with 57 draws. Arsenal also beat Chelsea in Dublin less than three weeks ago in the International Champions Cup friendly tournament – triumphing on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Four of last season’s five matches between the two ended in draws, including the Community Shield – Arsenal winning the shoot-out after a 1-1 draw. In the league, they drew 0-0 and 2-2 while Arsenal progressed 2-1 on aggregate in the Carabao Cup semi-finals despite a goalless first leg at Stamford Bridge. In the second leg, the most recent competitive match between the two, Eden Hazard gave Chelsea the lead, but an Antonio Rudiger own goal and Granit Xhaka’s strike sealed an Arsenal win.
Here are the results of their last five competitive matches:
Jan 24, 2018: Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea
Jan 10, 2018: Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal
Jan 03, 2018: Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea
Sep 17, 2017: Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal
Aug 06, 2017: Arsenal (p)1-1 Chelsea
CFC vs ARS FC Betting Tips
Chelsea looked far more impressive than Arsenal on the opening weekend, though they have now both lost 2-0 to in-form champions Manchester City this month – Chelsea in the Community Shield and Arsenal in the Premier League.
Chelsea will be boosted by Eden Hazard’s return, however, and the immediate return to top form of N’Golo Kante after his World Cup success.
Arsenal, in reply, are short of options at left-back and still look to be settling on their strongest line-up with new signings to bed in for Unai Emery.
Emery got his tactics wrong last time out, playing into City’s hands by trying to play it out and press high up the pitch, and he would be wise to adopt more caution against Chelsea.
But the Blues showed a ruthless streak in their 3-0 defeat of Huddersfield and are now pushing for a big early win against a rival to continue that – buoyed by the addition of Hazard and possibly Giroud to their line-up.
Jorginho and N’Golo Kante’s partnership in the middle has already started successfully, while Pedro is in form on the wing.
It all bodes well for Maurizio Sarri ahead of his competitive home debut as Chelsea manager – and, despite Arsenal’s good record in this fixture lately, it is hard to look beyond a win for the Blues.
Arsenal vs Chelsea Recommended bets with odds
Chelsea are odds-on favourites to earn a home win in Maurizo Sarri’s first Premier League game at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues 4/5 with Bet365, Ladbrokes, Betfair, Betway and 10Bet.
They have kept clean sheets in their last two matches now – the win against Huddersfield and a goalless friendly draw with Lyon – and also kept Arsenal out in both games at Stamford Bridge last season. A Chelsea win to nil is 12/5 with Bet365 and Ladbrokes.
A Chelsea clean sheet is a best price of 15/8 with Ladbrokes on its own. Likewise, you can bet against BTTS at 13/10 with Betfair.
Eden Hazard is going to be key on his return to the starting line-up and is 9/5 to score at any time with Betway. Pedro scored against Huddersfield, meanwhile, and was in good goalscoring form in pre-season – he can backed at 3/1 with 888sport.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Prediction
Chelsea impressed on the opening day while Arsenal did not, albeit against a very different calibre of opponent. Nevertheless, the Blues are favourites for this one and can certainly claim all three points.