Kick-off: 1730, 18/08/2018
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: BT Sport
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What Trueform says for Chelsea vs Arsenal
Chelsea enjoyed a better start to the Premier League season than Arsenal, but there is not much between these teams on our overall Trueform chart.
It is also worth noting that they met five times in all competitions last term and the Gunners did not taste defeat in any of those head-to-head encounters.
Four finished level at the end of normal time, though, so 14/5 for a draw looks great value for our opening Chelsea vs Arsenal prediction.
Don’t forget there was even another stalemate in the International Champions Cup in Dublin earlier this month!
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea went into the league campaign under a bit of a cloud following a summer of transfer speculation regarding some of their biggest stars.
However, new manager Maurizio Sarri has not had to contend with too much upheaval, simply replacing Thibaut Courtois with £71million keeper Kepa and bringing midfielder Jorginho with him from Napoli.
The Blues put a poor Community Shield display behind them when securing a 3-0 success at Huddersfield, although we feel they may be flattered by that scoreline.
Town gave as good as they got until N’Golo Kante’s scuffed 34th-minute volley and a Jorginho penalty just before half-time was another hammer blow.
Pedro eventually wrapped things up, though, and Chelsea only used World Cup stars Eden Hazard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Victor Moses as substitutes, with Olivier Giroud left on the bench.
“We’re happy because, to be honest, our pre-season games were not that good,” Antonio Rudiger said. “Three goals and a clean sheet, that’s good for us.
“It’s not always easy to adapt because it’s a new style of play, but I think we did well. We moved the ball well and to have a good bench is always good.”
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal began life after Arsene Wenger by being outplayed by Manchester City at Emirates Stadium, but then again Chelsea had suffered the same fate at Wembley the week before.
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring before Bernardo Silva wrapped up three points for Pep Guardiola’s men, as the Gunners struggled to match the intensity of the champions.
However, Emery’s pre-season preparations included double sessions to improve the fitness of his players and it was noticeable that they didn’t flag as the game wore on.
“There are a lot of things we can take on board and improve and with a positive mind go to the next game,” insisted Petr Cech.
“There were certain things we managed to put in the game and do well, but obviously a few things we didn’t do, so I think it will help us improve.
“We are trying to create our own way of playing. Obviously, we have been doing that for five weeks, they have been doing that for three years now, so they have a big advantage.”
The Gunners did show enough encouraging glimpses to deserve another chance and 27/4 for a 1-1 scoreline completes our Chelsea vs Arsenal betting tips.
Huddersfield 0-3 CHELSEA – N’Golo Kante, Jorginho (pen), Pedro
ARSENAL 0-2 Man City
Head-to-head: Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal, Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal, Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea
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