Kick-off: 1730, 19/01/2019
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: BT Sport
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Arsenal have been struggling on the road but will be looking to protect a strong Premier League home record when hosting Chelsea on Saturday.
The Gunners are unbeaten in 10 top-flight fixtures at Emirates Stadium, but the Blues do travel well, picking up 22 of their 47 points in away games.
We reckon these London rivals are hard to split and their recent head-to-head encounters back that up, with four stalemates and a narrow win for each team over the past 18 months.
All that makes 13/5 for a draw a tempting option for our first Arsenal vs Chelsea prediction.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal’s hopes of challenging for a top-four finish received another setback when they were beaten 1-0 at West Ham, with Declan Rice’s decider lighting up an otherwise forgettable affair at London Stadium.
The Gunners have finished outside the Champions League places for the past two years and sit six points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea following that result.
Unai Emery’s side are without an away league win since November and have slipped backwards after a 22-game unbeaten run raised expectations.
“I think the most important thing for us is to recover our confidence and be more competitive,” commented Emery. “We need consistency over 38 matches.”
Arsenal have been much more reliable in front of their own fans in this competition, although a 2-0 EFL Cup loss to arch-rivals Tottenham here was hard to take.
The Gunners were also held to 1-1 draws here by Liverpool and Wolves, so 13/2 for a repeat of that scoreline takes the eye from the Arsenal vs Chelsea odds.
Last Arsenal line-up: Leno, Papastathopoulos, Koscielny, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Emery could welcome Mesut Ozil back into his squad and the Gunners have no fresh injury concerns heading into the game, with Rob Holding (knee), Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck (both ankle) still missing.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea made it 10 points out of 12 since Boxing Day when goals from Pedro and Willian helped them to edge out Newcastle 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard was again influential in that victory after being deployed in a ‘false nine’ role and Maurizio Sarri believes that moves gives his team greater balance at both ends of the pitch.
Sarri stated: “I think that at this moment it is a very good solution, because we are not less dangerous in the offensive phase.
“And in the defensive phase, we are more balanced. In the last six matches, we have conceded only three goals and one was a penalty.”
The Blues would probably settle for keeping Arsenal six points behind them in the race to finish in the leading quartet, so we’re expecting the visitors to take a measured approach to this match.
Let’s round off our Arsenal vs Chelsea betting tips by taking 9/2 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Hazard, Pedro, Willian.
Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (back) is the only definite injury absentee for the Blues.
West Ham 1-0 ARSENAL
CHELSEA 2-1 Newcastle – Pedro, Willian
Head-to-head: Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal, Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal, Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal, Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea
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