Arsenal might have emerged as one of the form teams in the Premier League having recovered from their disastrous opening to the 2011/12 season, but they still go into their London derby with Chelsea on Saturday as 17/4 outsiders for the win in bwin’s 3way football betting market.
The Gunners have picked up 12 points from a possible 18 in their last six games, with only Manchester City and Tottenham achieving a bigger haul during this time.
However, their resurgence is entirely down to their performances at the Emirates, where four victories in a row have been recorded since a defeat to Liverpool in August.
Indeed, Arsenal’s away form is still woeful, with the club without a win on the road so far this season and on a run of three consecutive defeats.
And with Chelsea well placed to take advantage of this failing the Blues are odds-on at 31/50 to win, with the draw priced at 14/5.
Chelsea have won ten of their last 11 matches at home – with the other ending in a draw – and have also emerged victorious from five of their last six meetings with Arsenal.
With this in mind a home win looks a safe option, although punters should consider combining this with a bet on there to be more than 2.5 goals in the match to secure greater returns.
All four of Chelsea’s home games have featured more than 2.5 goals this season, with this also being the case in three out of Arsenal’s four away matches.
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Odds on there being over 2.5 goals in the match are 31/50, with Chelsea to win a match with at least three goals far more tempting at 13/10.
A successful £25 free bet on Chelsea to beat Arsenal with over 2.5 goals in the game would return £57.50.
One other bet to consider would be on Chelsea to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 at odds of 31/10.
The Blues have conceded one goal in all four of their home league matches this season and have scored between two and four goals on each occasion.
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