Chelsea vs Arsenal
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 1, 2018, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arsenal +130/ Draw +250/ Chelsea +155 - Over/Under: 2.5
Arsenal and Chelsea have had a long footballing rivalry as both teams have had the desire to be the top club in London. These two teams will face against each other in Dublin as a preseason friendly. The English Premier League starts very soon and both sides will want to ensure they are ready so expect the managers to take this clash very seriously. Both teams have new managers and it will be interesting to see which manager will enter the regular season with the momentum of a preseason match victory.
Arsenal had a dominant preseason victory against a weakened PSG side. That win saw the North London side slot 5 goals past the PSG keeper in a 5-1 win. The positive for Arsenal from that win was that the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette both found the back of the net. This shows that the top players are playing well which will give the manager a huge boost. This will be a big season for Arsenal as the attempt to make it back into the top 4 and winning against Chelsea in preseason will be a great way for the side to make a statement to the entire league.
On the other side of the coin, Chelsea will also be determined to play well and get a win. The Blues were very poor last season and with Conte fired, the new manager will need to do better. It is still unclear whether Eden Hazard and Willian will stay at the club and this uncertainty has been very harmful to the players as they prepare for the English Premier League. Chelsea are to play Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday and that match is set to open the English season. Expect Chelsea to try and win that match since a trophy will be a great way to start a season.
With all that taken into consideration, I am going to predict that Arsenal will win this match. The Gunners are looking better at this stage of the year and I think they will be good enough to beat the Blues.