Chelsea vs Arsenal 09/19/2015 Premier League Preview, Odds & Predictions
Arsenal vs Chelsea
Saturday 19th September 2015 07:45(ET)
The Line: Chelsea 7/5 Draw 5/2 Arsenal 11/5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Bt Sport; Fox Sport; Bein Sports
As the biggest game in the Premier League this weekend it is a little unfortunate that the game is the first one on Saturday morning. Chelsea come into this game in terrible form domestically having lost three of their last four but Mourhino and his team got a confidence boosting 4-0 win midweek against Maccabi Tel Avi. The scoreline though does not show the chances that Chelsea gave up to their opposition and if the Blues had been playing a better team they would have given up two or even three goals. Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are yet to really get going this season and Hazard looks a little out of sorts but I think bringing Oscar into the team midweek took some pressure off the brilliant Belgian midweek and I have a feeling that Mourhino will stick with what worked midweek.
Arsenal though after a really solid run of wins came out and lost to Dinamo Zagreb midweek. Olivier Giroud was sent off and that does skew the result but to be honest Dinamo were out playing Arsenal before he was sent off. Arsene Wenger has some issues with his side as they got off to a slow start this season and this is a huge game for the Gunners. Alexis Sanchez has not been as effective as last season and is yet to score, Giroud has been their best striker but is still struggling for form. Walcott's pace could be used to good effect tomorrow against a Chelsea rearguard that has struggled against pace. Ozil and Cazorla will be key for Arsenal going forward but they must not get caught out of position against this Chelsea counter attack.
This will also be Petr Cech's first return to Stamford Bridge and the former Blues keeper should get a spine tingling reception when his name is announced. This is going to be a really good game, having looked at the game for value I was going to take the Gunners +1 on the handicap but the odds have drifted in and are odds against which I just cant take instead I am going for the draw. I think neither team will want to lose this and were going to see a cautious game. Mistakes could lead to goals but I just feel like the draw is the best value bet.