A Bridge too far for Arsenal
Chelsea will be gunning for a win against Arsenal after being robbed by QPR in the Premier League last weekend. They were forced to play with nine men against their London rivals after a controversial first sending-off and an appalling Drogba two-footed tackle.
They outplayed their London rivals with just the nine men and they were unfortunate to lose 1-0 against a weak QPR. They now have another London derby and face an Arsenal team in decline. The Chelsea win is 8/13, the draw is 3/1 and the Arsenal win is 4/1.
The 'rumour mill' has been in overdrive this week concerning Terry and his 'alleged' racist remarks towards Anton Ferdinand
. Arsenal will be hoping that it has unsettled a Chelsea side that defeated Everton in the Carling Cup midweek. However Chelsea will be seething at the decisions against them last week and a 'siege mentality' may have set in at the club.
The North London side are 5/4 double chance with the draw and they have won more at the Bridge than any other team in the Premier League, six times.
However, confidence is low at Wenger's club, they have won none of their last eight Premier League away matches. Arsenal may have overcome their early season poor form but they should be out-muscled at the Bridge.
Chelsea have not lost at the Bridge all season but they are incapable of solid defending for ninety minutes. Both teams to score is 4/6 and Arsenal's main attacking threat should come from RVP. He came off the bench against Stoke last week and rescued the Gooners.
He is 7/1 to score the first goal and 2/1 to score anytime. Arsenal have been beaten 8-1 at Old Trafford this season and if you expect it to be a high scoring game, over 3.5 goals is 7/4.
The Match Winner is for two or more players to get sent-off at 10/1. Ross Turnbull saw red for the Blues against Everton in midweek and a red card is 3/1. The days of Tony Adams, Petit and Vieira have long gone and I am not expecting a dirty game.
Both sides play exciting, creative football and total match cards under four looks appealing at 13/5. Many of the international players are friends socially and the ref could have an easy game.
Chelsea will have Torres back from suspension and from his previous few starts, you can see that he is starting to look like a star striker. He is 7/1 to score first and his luck is sure to turn in-front of goal. He is 20/1 to bag a hat-trick against their London rivals.
Raul Meireles is 11/1 to grab the first goal and he has been an inspirational signing. He is the not the first summer signing discussed by the fans but he is looking great value at £12 million.
The former Liverpool player is assured on the ball and confident in-front of goal. Chelsea should be too powerful for a light weight Arsenal but if they are distracted, then they could suffer at the Bridge.