Seldom in recent seasons can an Arsenal v Chelsea fixture have been considered too close to call, yet their latest encounter could well fit the bill.
The Gunners are 7/5 favourites for victory thanks to a sensational run of form that has seen them lose just twice since Christmas.
Jose Mourinho’s side, who have yet to be bested by Arsenal in 12 meetings under the Portuguese, are 21/10, with the draw an enticing 23/10 shot in light of the Blues’ attacking injury problems.
Calling the direction or distribution of the points is perplexing proposition, but picking out the spells in the game when the decisive blows are most likely to be delivered is a far less taxing.
The net has rustled in dependable patters across Arsenal’s home games and Chelsea’s away days in the Premier League this term, allowing news.bwin.com to predict the 15-minute periods most likely to contain the game’s goals.
Chelsea to outscore Arsenal 0-15 minutes @ 11/2
The Gunners have yet to concede during the opening quarter hour of league action at the Emirates in 2014/15, but they’ve managed just four struck only four of their own.
In the Stamford Bridge side they face not only the division’s best away side, but its brightest-starting travellers.
Chelsea have notched nine times during the first 15 minutes of their road games this term, including goals at Goodison Park and Anfield.
Arsenal to outscore Chelsea 30 minutes-HT @ 15/4
The north London side have had an exceptional time of it on home turf as the season has worn on, winning their last eight Emirates Premier League games on the bounce.
No fewer than nine of the 37 goals they’ve struck in front of their own partisans in the division have come between the half-hour mark and the interval, while they’ve conceded just once during the same period.
Over 0.5 goals 75 mins-FT @ 6/5
The final 15 minutes at the Emirates looks certain to be pedal to the metal, with the time segment representing the most goal-laden quarter hour of both Arsenal’s home games and Chelsea’s away outings.
No less than 15 strikes have found the mark between 75 minutes and full time in 15 fixtures so far this term – five more than during any other 15-minute period.
Their visitors too have witnessed 14 strikes in the same phase across their 16 league outings, with a most un-Chelsea-like six bagged by their hosts.