How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Arsenal 29/20, Chelsea 2/1, Draw 5/2 - BetVictor
- First Goalscorer: Diego Costa 11/2, Olivier Giroud 11/2, Alexis Sanchez 6/1 - BetVictor
- Half Time/Full Time: Arsenal/Arsenal 3/1, Chelsea/Chelsea 4/1, Draw/Arsenal 5/1 - Betfred
- Arsenal started the season in less than convincing form, but have finally found their footing and come into this game on the back of three straight league wins. The goals have started to flow for the Gunners, with 12 in five games, but their defensive set up still leaves a lot to be desired, shipping seven times already. A midweek 4-0 victory away at Nottingham Forest in the League Cup will also have helped boost morale.
- Chelsea looked to be back to their best as Antonio Conte notched three wins from three to begin the campaign. However, the Blues were forced to settle for a draw with Swansea before Liverpool sent Conte crashing to his first home defeat with a club side since 2013. A Tuesday night come-from-behind win at Leicester City in the cup will have raised spirits at the club, but could some of the players feel a little fatigued after pushing themselves for 120 minutes through extra time.
Arsenal fans will be hoping that their side’s seemingly annual sluggish start to the season is well and truly behind them as they welcome rivals Chelsea to the Emirates. The Gunners are without a win in this fixture since October 2011, when a Robin Van Persie hat-trick helped secure a 5-3 win at Stamford Bridge. Just four members of that side remain at the club, with only Theo Walcott likely to feature in Saturday’s game. Arsenal’s longest-serving player seems to save his best for games in the capital, netting 18 times against London teams since signing from Southampton in 2006. The 27-year-old is 7/1 with Sky Bet to break the deadlock in this game and 9/4 to score anytime.
Both sides have kept just one clean sheet apiece so far this term, something that both Wenger and Conte will be looking to address very quickly. There could be good news for at least one manager, however, as nine of the last eleven meetings in all competitions have ended with at least one team failing to find the target. A win to nil for either side could be worth a bet, with Arsenal fetching odds of 37/10, while Chelsea are well priced at 23/5, both with 888Sport.
Chelsea’s excellent start under new coach Antonio Conte has hit the rocks in the past two league games and could see the former Juventus manager come out fighting. Expect the rejuvenated Diego Costa to worry the Arsenal defense as he looks for his sixth goal in as many league games, while Eden Hazard could also prove a threat. The two men seemed to have rediscovered their form following an exceptionally poor 2015/16 campaign and could combined to sink the home side. Costa’s presence especially may be enough to disrupt the often tranquil Arsenal backline, with the Spaniard responsible for the dismissal of both Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista last season. A dismissal during the match is priced at 9/4 with William Hill.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Diego Costa to score first - 11/2 with BetVictor
*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to kick-off.