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Rupert Wyman 20th Apr 2012 - 15:28

Now Arsenal have the Blues

Chelsea have one foot in the Champions League final and both feet in the FA Cup final. Since the appointment of Di Matteo as the interim manager, the players appear interested on the pitch and the positive results have followed his arrival.

They take on an Arsenal side on Saturday afternoon that disappointed against Wigan on Monday night. They were unable to beat the Latics on home soil and they will not want to drop another three points against the Blues.

An Arsenal win is 21/20, the draw is 9/4 and an away win is 11/4. Arsenal have nothing left to play for this season other than pride and a spot in the top four. Chelsea, Tottenham and Newcastle are also chasing a coveted Champions League spot, so they need three points.

The Blues will be buoyed by their 1-0 home win against Barcelona on Wednesday and there will be wholesale changes before the second leg. Drogba is unavailable through injury and he will be replaced by Torres.

You can also expect the likes of Sturridge, Kalou, Malouda, Essien, Ferreira, Bosingwa and Bertand to all be involved from the start. Chelsea are in-form and they will want to avenge their loss to Arsenal at home in the league and they can be backed to win or draw at 3/4. They are 7/4 draw no bet!

However, Arsenal are fresh and many punters will fancy the 21/20. Arsenal will be without Arteta and their on-loan Chelsea star Benayoun. They still have Van Persie, he was anonymous against Wigan on Monday but the stats don't lie.

He is the Premier League's top goalscorer with twenty-seven goals and he could be on the way to City or even Barcelona this summer. He is 4/1 to open the scoring and even money to find the net anytime.

The Gunners have scored in their last sixteen consecutive home league fixtures.  You can back only Arsenal to score at 12/5, if you fancy both teams to score it is 4/6. The reverse fixture was a goalfest that Arsenal won 5-3. Chelsea have looked more resilient in defence since the arrival of Di Matteo and they are 3/1 to keep a clean sheet and 11/2 to win to nil.

The Match Winner is for another goal-scoring thriller, five or more goals in the match has been enhanced from 5/1 to 6/1. Chelsea put five past Spurs in their FA Cup semi-final last weekend and they will be desperate to make amends for the 5-3 loss.

Torres will be given another chance to shine and he is 7/1 to open the scoring and 2/1 to find the net anytime. He has improved under Di Matteo and he will want to impress, Drogba may not be fit for the clash against the Catalan giants on Tuesday.

Chelsea have shipped more goals in the closing fifteen minutes than any other team this term. You can back Arsenal to win the second half at 5/4 and the second half to be the highest scoring half is 10/11.

 

 
 
 

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