The top game in the Premier League on the weekend comes from the Emirates Stadium in North London with Arsenal playing host to London rivals Chelsea. This is a game of high importance, perhaps more so for Arsenal than Chelsea.
The Gunners start the game in fifth place, six points behind Chelsea who are occupying fourth place. Arsenal can ill afford to lose more ground in the race for a top-four finish and Champions League football next season.
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 17th, 2019 at 6:14 pm)
It is Chelsea who are kicking off the game as favourites for the fixture. The odds-on Chelsea to beat Arsenal are 13/10 and that is a reflection of the wobbles in form that Arsenal have been having recently. Arsenal had that massive 14 match undefeated streak of form earlier in the season, including a seven-match winning streak.
It has all been a bit hit and miss for them recently though as they have won just two of their last six Premier League fixtures (D1 L3). Earlier in the season Arsenal suffered a 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. While Arsenal’s home form has at least stayed intact through their current slump of form, they have failed to earn a clean sheet in any of their last six Premier League outings.
Chelsea are the ones who have been carrying the better form recently. They have won five of their last seven Premier League fixtures. Chelsea are also on a three-match winning streak away from home and while that has been earned against sides currently outside of the top six, the Blues still have shown a bit of grit and winning steel. The Blues will know that they are up against a good scoring home side but Chelsea have been on-point in defence.
The Blues have earned a clean sheet in 50% of their away games this season, and have conceded at under a goal per game on average. Chelsea are currently on a seven-match scoring streak on their travels in the top flight. Going into the game Chelsea have also have only found themselves trailing at the halftime break once on their travels this season.
Chelsea have opened the scoring in eight of their 10 away fixtures in the English top flight this season which is another superb stat. Granted while they are carrying a bit of form with them, including a four-match undefeated streak at the moment, their performances haven’t been full on thrilling displays of power. They have stuttered at times and largely that is because of them not having a genuine out and out striker who is in any kind of form.
But they have been getting the job done at the of the day. They are perhaps the more organised of the two sides, and the balance could be tipped in the midfield area where the Blues look to have a competitive edge. With the brilliance of Eden Hazard in their ranks, they will of course always have a chance at pulling something out. But will that translate into a huge three points of them which would open a massive gap over the Gunners?
The odds on Chelsea to beat Arsenal at 13/10 will have a lot of appeal for punters on the away side* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 17th, 2019 at 6:14 pm). It’s no easy game of course but the Blues have an away scoring streak going and they are facing an Arsenal side who have looked less and less assured of themselves at the back.
This is a huge clash at Anfield on Saturday evening. Liverpool have managed to power their way to a six-point lead at the top of the table over Christmas. Now the task is to maintain their advantage. This is a tough game for them as they welcome the Gunners to Anfield. Arsenal are pushing for a top-four spot and could have the attacking threat to rattle the Reds.
Still, it is Liverpool who are the favourites. The Odds on Liverpool to beat Arsenal are 1/2* (betting odds taken on December 29th, 2018 at 2:49 pm)
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.)
What a season it has been for Liverpool. They collected a 4-0 home win over Newcastle on Boxing Day and that moved them on to an eight-match winning streak in the Premier League. They are showing no sign of slowing up at all. With the form of Manchester City falling away through December, Liverpool now hold a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League heading into the final weekend of 2018.
But it’s a lead not over the reigning champions Man City, it is over Spurs. So will the Reds be able to continue their positive momentum as they play host to Arsenal on Saturday evening? The Reds earned a point from a 1-1 draw when they took a trip to North London to face Arsenal earlier this season. They have fantastic home from going against the Gunners though.
Liverpool have remained undefeated in their last five home games against Arsenal now, winning four of those. They have scored at least two goals in each of those five games in that sequence. In total Liverpool have come up with seventeen goals in their last five Premier League home fixtures against Arsenal. With the Reds averaging almost 2.5 goals per home this season in the top flight, will that be too much for Arsenal to handle?
It may not even be so much about stacking up the two powerful attacks against each other. There is a clear difference in the defensive strength of Liverpool over that of Arsenal. Liverpool have conceded just two home goals this season in the EPL having taken a clean sheet in 78% of fixtures at Anfield. Arsenal meanwhile are still looking for their first away clean sheet this season in the top flight. There should be chances for the Reds.
It’s not as if Arsenal are a bad side. But their form on the road just isn’t there lately. They have failed to win any of their last three on the road (D2 L1) after playing out a draw at Brighton on Boxing Day. They have the goals in them without question, having scored at least two goals in every road fixture. But their defence has remained vulnerable and that could be the advantage that Liverpool needs.
Liverpool have the edge at the moment. They are confident, they have tremendous momentum behind them and they are on home soil. Arsenal have the scoring power to threaten the defence of the Reds, but of the two defences, Liverpool’s is clearly superior. That could be very telling and Liverpool are strong enough to expose Arsenal’s weaknesses at the back. The Odds on Liverpool to beat Arsenal are 1/2* (betting odds taken on December 29th, 2018 at 2:49 pm) and that looks a strong proposition.
The first North London derby of the season will light up Sunday when the two old rivals meet at the Emirates. This derby encounter between Arsenal and Spurs brings about two sides carrying some great form with them at the moment. The Gunners have strung together a long unbeaten streak of form in the top flight and have every reason to be full of confidence.
But Spurs meanwhile will show up carrying the best away form of all sides in the top flight this term. The odds on Arsenal to beat Tottenham are 6/4* (Betting Odds were taken on November 28th, 2018 at 6:40 p.m.). Can the Gunners be the first to inflict and away loss on the Lilywhites?
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 28th, 2018 at 6:40 p.m.)
The North London derby is always a great feature of the Premier League calendar and this meeting on the weekend could see Arsenal land a big statement. The Gunners go into the game three points behind Spurs, so a win would be quite significant for Arsenal. It would also be the culmination and big reward of a great run of form from them which has seen them go unbeaten in their last eleven league outings.
The other significant marker would be Arsenal would become only the second team this season to inflict an away defeat on Tottenham. So there is plenty of incentive for Unai Emery’s men to come out and push the boat in this one. They are W4 D2 L1 at home this season and recently held out for a 1-1 tie against Liverpool after putting in a fantastic second-half performance in the game. Arsenal would also be aiming to bake it back to back league home wins over their rivals.
Arsenal collected a 2-0 home win over Spurs last season and they are unwanted in their last seven Premier League home games in the North London derby. So the odds on Arsenal to beat Tottenham at 6/4* (Betting Odds were taken from November 28th, 2018 at 6:40 p.m.) aren’t a bad proposition at all. Arsenal have put together a six-match scoring streak at home in the league and they have scored in each of their last twelve home and away combined.
Manchester City are the only side in the league to have scored more goals than Arsenal this season and with the scoring threats of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette then they are certainly capable of causing problems. It hasn’t all been about the attacking strengths that Arsenal have been developing under their new manager, they have conceded at an average of less than a goal per game at the Emirates as well. Interestingly despite their good form, they have yet to be leading at halftime in a home game.
Spurs were in good form away from home last season and they still went to the home of their rivals and suffered a defeat. The Lilywhites are W7 L1 in eight-way games this season and that is nothing to be sneezed at by any stretch of the imagination. Their one lone defeat happened out at Watford. But the interesting thing overall about their away from this season is that this will be their first test against anyone currently sat inside the top six. From their three home games against current top four sides, they are only W1 L2 this season.
So there are vulnerabilities there for them despite their massive haul of wins away from home this season. They are taking a four-match winning streak into the game as well (home and away combined) but each of their last four wins have been against sides currently in the bottom half of the Premier League table. So there is no evidence of just how well Tottenham are going to handle themselves in these big away games. Last season Spurs won just one of their away games against the other top six (at Chelsea)
Arsenal v Liverpool Preview – November 3rd 2018 at 5.30 pm
Arsenal and Liverpool will square off at the Emirates on Saturday evening in what is a massive clash in the top four of the league. The Gunners have been powering their way through some fantastic form and can move to within a point of current second-placed side Liverpool if they were to continue their winning form at home.
Can Liverpool hold off the attention of the in-form Gunners as they defend their unbeaten start to the new season?
Liverpool even money
Dare 13/5* (betting odds taken on October 31st, 2019 at 9:34 pm)
There recent games between these two have been thrilling and frankly, we can only hope for more of the same. Each of the last five Premier League games between these two sides have produced at least four goals. So right out of the gate,, it is worth having a look over 3.5 goals at 13/10 odds* (betting odds taken on October 31st, 2019 at 9:34 pm).
There simply hasn’t been a let up in the scoring between them recently. Last season Liverpool pounded the Gunners 4-0 at Anfield, before playing out a 3-3 draw on their trip to London to face them. Arsenal are underdogs for this one on home soil and that is because they are without a win in their last six Premier League games against Liverpool (D3 L3). So they haven’t gotten the better of the Reds for a while. However, their current home form suggests that they can deliver something.
After that questionable start to the season with back to back defeats against Man City and Chelsea, Arsenal have settled down to life under new boss Unai Emery with some ease. They are on a four-match winning streak at the Emirates in the league and they have scored at least two goals in each of those. Overall this season Arsenal have outscored Liverpool and only leaders, Man City have bagged more league goals than Arsenal have done so far.
In fact, Arsenal have scored at least two goals in each of their last nine league games. So they certainly take the game to Liverpool. The odds on Arsenal to beat Liverpool are 5/2 and not unappealing* (betting odds taken on October 31st, 2019 at 9:34 pm). They certainly have their merits and their strengths. Their powerful attack being one of them and that attack has seen one man come more and more into goalscoring form.
After impressing over the second half of last season following his January move to Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a slow start to this season’s campaign, but he has come into life fully in front of goal. He has fired off five goals in Arsenal’s last three games and is going to have to be considered at 5/4 odds in the anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on October 31st, 2019 at 9:34 pm). He has three goals in his last three league home games. This will be his first appearance for Arsenal against Liverpool.
The key for Arsenal is going to be trying to keep the Liverpool attack quiet and considering that clean sheets have been difficult for the Gunners this season, that is questionable. Arsenal have earned only the two clean sheets this season but they were both at home in wins over Everton and Watford towards the end of September. But they have none in their last five (home and away) and they are facing a Liverpool attach which can destroy teams.
To be fair though, Liverpool’s attack overall hasn’t looked as strong and sharp as it was last season, but they were certainly awake last weekend when the Reds hammered the struggling Cardiff at Anfield. But still, when you look at Arsenal’s home record this season they have only conceded four home goals overall which is less than a goal per game on Average so that suggests that there is enough in them to hold out.
Again going back to their attack, it is that which has been such the bright spark for them. Arsenal were on a tremendous seven-match winning streak in the Premier League before it was snapped in a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace last weekend. The Gunners gave up two pretty needless penalty kicks in the game to deny themselves three points. They were 2-1 up inside the final ten minutes before giving Palace the shot at earning a point from the spot.
Liverpool have played both Manchester City and Chelsea already this season, two of the other top four sides and were held to a draw in both of them. Out at Chelsea, they were rescued by a late goal from substitute Daniel Sturridge to give them a point, but that was out of the blue and in a game in which they never really looked like scoring.
Then against Manchester City, the Reds went into their shell again in a tough match at the Etihad, playing out a 0-0 against the reigning champions. That wasn’t a bad point at all considering, but in terms of seeing Liverpool win on the weekend in the capital, it may be a pointer to them not doing so.
The odds on Arsenal to beat Liverpool at 5/2* (betting odds taken on October 31st, 2019 at 9:34 pm) will have punters tempted for sure. Arsenal are carrying form and while the recent head to head is in Liverpool’s favour, Arsenal are W2 D2 L1 in their last five Premier League home games against the Reds and have scored at least three goals in three of their last four home games against Liverpool. They are at least worth a double chance consideration.
Chelsea v Arsenal Premier League Preview – August 18th, 2018
The highlight match of this weekend’s Premier League round of action is the London derby at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Arsenal. The Blues will be looking to build on the positive result that they earned out at Huddersfield last weekend, giving new head coach Maurizio Sarri his first Premier League success.
As for Arsenal, they will be feeling the pressure if they don’t get anything out of this game having lost against Manchester City on the opening weekend. But the Gunners are underdogs for the match with the odds on Chelsea to beat Arsenal at 4/5 with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.).
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.)
Maurizio Sarri would have been pretty happy with his first Premier League game in charge of Chelsea as the Blues recorded a 3-0 success out at Huddersfield. It was fairly comfortable for them and even though you could see the players still working their way into the system, it was a confident start and there should be much better to come. The only thing lacking from the whole performance really was an assured performance from a striker, that being Alvaro Morata who looked wholeheartedly out of place again.
It was N’Golo Kane, new summer signing Jorgniho and Pedro who got the goals for the Blues. Morata is up as the 7/5 joint anytime goalscorer favourite for this game alongside teammate Olivier Giroud who was on the bench last weekend, but given the extra rest after the World Cup, not getting into the game* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.). Sarri’s style is all about powerful and clinical attacks and goals is what we can expect from the Blues this season, even more so when players get used to this new system.
However for this first London derby of the season between Chelsea and Arsenal the temptation is to look under 2.5 goals is at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.) for the game. The reasons behind that would be the fact that Chelsea’s last three home games in the league have gone under the goal line, and they have earned a clean sheet in five of their last six home fixtures against the Gunners in all competitions. Three of the last four at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Arsenal have ended under the goal line.
Chelsea did alright at home last season with W11 D4 L4 record but it was not as strong as they would have expected that record to be. Chelsea averaged 1.6 goals per home game last season at home, while they conceded an average of under a goal per game, taking a clean sheet in 53% of their league home fixtures. Looking back at the expectancy of this being a low-scoring game a Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin is at 11/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.).
The Gunners did get a tough home opener against Manchester City last weekend, but even with that in mind, new season optimism over the new manager and new signings was quickly quieted as they lost 2-0. They only came up with the three shots on target during the nineteen minutes and while most sides are going to struggle to contain the reigning champions, a bit more was expected of Arsenal on home soil against them.
New boss Unai Emery wasn’t happy with his players as he said that they didn’t play the way that he wanted them too and they looked lost. They tried time and time again, largely unsuccessfully to get the ball played out from the back but it just kept putting them in further and further trouble. Chelsea will be expected to press high up the pitch and that will pile more pressure on the Arsenal back line.
The Gunners only managed a W4 D4 L11 record away from home last season in the Premier League. They have lost seven of their last eight away games in the Premier League and that’s another reason that punters may have trouble trusting them to win this one, even though they are undefeated in six against the Blues in all competitions.
The presence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is a 5/4 anytime goalscorer option for them* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.) will give them hope, but they didn’t do enough to get any kind of service to him in the game last weekend.
There has been little to choose between these two in recent season but Chelsea have remained unbeaten on home soil against the Gunners for some time now and we are going to back that to continue. We are going to fully back the 4/5 odds on Chelsea to beat Arsenal at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken on August 15th, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.). We are suggesting that it is only going to happen by a one-goal margin though.
This is going to be the big highlight and feature match of the opening weekend of the new Premier League season. It sees the reigning champions Manchester City heading south in search of three points that would see them make a bold statement to open the season with.
Pep Guardiola’s men had a comfortable time of things against the Gunners last season in League and Cup but with Arsenal having rebuild and refresh themselves over the summer, can the Londoners pull off an upset on home soil? Bet365 are offering 3/1 odds on Arsenal to beat Man City* (Betting Odds were taken on 10th August, 2018 at 9:30 p.m.)
Man City 19/20
* (Betting Odds were taken on 10th August, 2018 at 9:30 p.m.)
While Manchester City are pretty much in the same position as they were last season, it has been a summer of change for Arsenal. The Gunners finally saw the long tenure of Arsene Wenger come to an end at the close of last season and the club looks to have made a very good capture in getting former PSG boss Unai Emery into the club. He could be just the tonic needed to drag the Gunners forward because he is seen as something of a stricter disciplinarian.
Emery could well add a bit of much-needed steel and fight to the Gunners and to that end he made a great signing in Lucas Torreira to bolster the midfield, while Stephan Lichtsteiner and Socrates Papastathopoulos will add a bit of depth to the back line. It perhaps wasn’t the big shakeup that was expected to happen, but tactically Emery will put something else into the club that wasn’t there under Wenger, namely grit. He demands a lot out of his players.
This opening game could not have been a tougher one for Emery though at Arsenal, but at least he gets a chance to prove himself against the very best. Arsenal are underdogs on home soil in this fixture and that’s because of the power of the Citizens. But Arsenal were very good on home soil last season posting a W15 D2 L2 record, although the two defeats there were against the top two finishers in Man City and Man Utd respectively.
Over 2.5 goals is at 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on 10th August, 2018 at 9:30 p.m.) which has appeal. Each of Arsenal’s last ten home games have gone above the goal line so there is a trend there. So will Arsenal be able to ride their strong home form over from last season and they did average 2.8 goals per home game last season. Back in January, they captured striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang so they are not going to be short of goals and now with a bit of experience in the English top flight, he could have quite an impact.
Aubayamang is at even money odds in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken on 10th August, 2018 at 9:30 p.m.) and is well worth a look. He scored ten goals in thirteen games for Arsenal last season in the Premier League and could trouble the City defence. Arsenal have scored at least three goals in their last five home and matches and overall they have lost just two of their last 26 games on home soil in the top flight. So there are strong stats to perhaps warrant backing them to catch City cold.
Manchester City have had a lot of players like Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling come back late in the summer to training, because of all the extra work in the summer at the World Cup. So there’s a chance that they may not quite be at full strength and we could see a similar line up to the one that beat Chelsea in the Community Shield last weekend.
Of course, it is the Citizens who are the ones to beat in the title race. They will bring the strengths to the table and they beat the Gunners three times last season, twice in the league and in the League Cup as well. But this is the start of a new season and those 3/1 odds on Arsenal to beat Manchester City may not look as good again* (Betting Odds were taken on 10th August, 2018 at 9:30 p.m.).