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Antony Heath 19th Jan 2013 - 21:34

Arsenal to Bridge the gap on Chelsea

Chelsea v Arsenal - 13:30 - live on Sky Sports 1


Super Sunday starts at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea hosts Arsenal in the Premier League. Chelsea will be eager to appease some of the home support by winning at home in the league for just the second time under Rafa Benitez, Arsenal on the other hand have been streaking up the table and are now unbeaten in five away games, admittedly of those five only Everton reside in the top half of the table.

Chelsea (19/20) will happily take a repeat of the 2-1 victory (15/2) they pulled off at the Emirates earlier in the season as their poor home record is severely hampering their progress in the League. They have won just 1 of their last 7 at home and for a team who started the season with title ambitions that is simply not good enough. The atmosphere surrounding the Bridge since the unwanted appointment of Benitez looks to be affecting on field results and the post game booing just keeps getting louder.

The Blues will be able to hand a first start since November to captain John Terry (25/1 First/Last, 8/1 Anytime) in what will surely be a huge boost to Benitez and Chelsea in their bid to find form. They will be without Mikel and Moses who are away at the Africa Cup of Nations. Demba Ba (10/3 First/Last, 4/5 Anytime) has settled in nicely at Chelsea and the Arsenal defence will not be happy to see him so soon, his final Newcastle game came against Arsenal and he found the net twice that day, with good service he can spoil Arsenal's day.

Arsenal (3/1, draw 23/10) have fewer points at this stage of the season than in any other campaign under Arsene Wenger. However they have bounced back from the 2-0 defeat to Man City with a really positive week, an FA Cup success over Swansea and the signing of Theo Walcott to a new contract will have given the club a boost as will the admission from manager Wenger that he is willing to spend over the next few weeks.

The only Gunner to have gone to the Africa Cup of nations is Gervinho, who will not be a massive miss for them. Arsenal won 5-3 at the Bridge last season and while that scoreline is unlikely to be repeated but an Arsenal win is certainly plausible a 2-1 (11/1) or 3-1 (25/1) victory looks the best bets to me. Theo Walcott (15/2 First/Last, 9/4 Anytime) has been on fire and will menace the Chelsea defence with his pace and provide a great deal of space for fellow forward Lukas Podolski (9/1 First/Last, 10/3 Anytime).

History and team styles point to this being another open match where goals will come, both teams to score is short at 8/15 while over 2.5 goals is 8/13 but both are solid bankers if you don't mind short prices. Arsenal have been starting slow and have conceded the highest proportion of first half goals in the Premier League, Chelsea 1st goal up to half time is 7/10 and better value than the two previous bets. Looking at some bigger prices Arsenal to come from behind and win or draw is 5/1 and Arsenal to score after the 76th minute is well worth a punt at 12/5 as the gunners have the most goals in the last 10 when Walcott's pace against tired defenders will tell.

As with all other Premier League games don't miss our enhanced anytime wincasts. We have Juan Mata scoring in a Chelsea win enhanced from 3/1 to 5/1 while Theo Walcott scoring in an Arsenal win boosted from 11/2 to 7/1.

Best Bets:

Chelsea to score in the first half @ 7/10

Arsenal to score after the 76th minute @ 12/5


Worth a Punt:

Arsenal to come from behind and win or draw @ 5/1

Arsenal 2-1 with Theo Walcott scoring last @ 80/1



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