Kick-off: 2015, 21/01/2020
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: BT Sport
Chelsea have won three of their last four head-to-head encounters with Arsenal following last month’s come-from-behind victory at Emirates Stadium.
The 10th-placed Gunners have, in fact, only won one of 12 Premier League matches against teams currently in the top half of the table this term.
Those stats make 18/25 for a home win here hard to oppose for our initial Chelsea vs Arsenal prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea will be smarting from Saturday’s frustrating 1-0 defeat at Newcastle, where they had 70 per cent of possession but fell to a stoppage-time sucker punch.
Frank Lampard left Tyneside once again bemoaning his side’s lack of a cutting edge and has not ruled out moving for PSG striker Edinson Cavani during the current transfer window.
However, the Blues boss was still more than happy with much of what he had seen at St James’ Park, where his side had 19 attempts on goal and forced 10 corners, compared to one conceded.
“We practise it, we work on it, we want to score goals and we’re getting in there, so I have to make sure they get their heads up,” said Lampard.
He added: “It’s been the story of parts of our season, when we control and we create and we don’t score – and if we don’t score enough goals…”
Looking at the Chelsea vs Arsenal odds, we still reckon 4/1 for a home win and under 2.5 goals in the game could prove good value.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Rudiger, Christensen, James, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Mount, Abraham, Willian, Hudson-Odoi.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal have only won one of their last seven league fixtures following back-to-back 1-1 draws against Crystal Palace away and Sheffield United at home.
On both occasions, the Gunners led at the interval but were pegged back during the second period.
Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal now need to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to keep their slim hopes of a top-four finish alive.
The Spaniard said: “It’s very, very important for us to win this game – to fight for that.
“Everyone is having a lot of problems to put together back-to-back wins, the league has been very competitive this season and that is why the gaps aren’t that big.
“There are still four months to play and a lot of things can happen, a lot of games between the top teams as well.”
However, the Gunners suffered another second-half setback when beaten 2-1 by the Blues last month, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them ahead early on, but Jorginho and Tammy Abraham responded, so this is a recurring theme.
With Aubameyang still absent due to suspension, Evens for the Blues to win the second half here is worth adding to our Chelsea vs Arsenal betting tips.
Last Arsenal line-up: Leno, Mustafi, Luiz, Ozil, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Lacazette, Pepe, Martinelli, Saka.
Newcastle 1-0 CHELSEA
ARSENAL 1-1 Sheff Utd – Gabriel Martinelli
Head-to-head: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea, Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal
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