By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 17th August 2018
Saturday 18th August
Stadium: Stamford Bridge, London
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Chelsea vs Arsenal odds
In the wake of contrasting opening weekend results, it’s the Blues who are 3/4 favourites in the Chelsea vs Arsenal odds, with the Gunners 16/5 to win and the draw rated a 3/1 pick.
The William Hill trading team foresee a goal-rich encounter, with over 2.5 strikes the 7/10 odds favourite in the total match goals betting for the clash.
In spite of this, 1-1 is the shortest-priced result in the correct score odds at 11/2, with 1-0 and 2-1 wins for the Stamford Bridge side, both 7-1 shots, next in the market.
Chelsea vs Arsenal odds | team news
Ashley Maitland-Niles picked up an injury against Manchester City and will be out for six to eight weeks. Lichsteiner is likely to deputise for the full-back-cum-midefielder.
Eden Hazard could also start having only recently arrived back into training. The Belgian has scored five goals against Arsenal in his career and is trading at 5/1 to open the scoring.
Otherwise, Chelsea have a full squad to pick from whilst Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal remain out of the Gunners.
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Chelsea vs Arsenal odds | tips and predictions
At first glance, the degree to which the Chelsea vs Arsenal odds favour the hosts seems like a disproportionate reaction to the sides’ matchweek 1 results.
The Blues ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against a Huddersfield side who’ve already been for their relegation dogfight inoculations, while Unai Emery’s men were swatted aside by 2-0 Manchester City.
No fewer than eight of the Blues XI that started their opening-day victory were also in from the off in the Community Shield, when a marginally weaker Citizens outfit dismissed them by the same scoreline.
Additionally, over the two seasons this fixture constituted a clash between the managerial philosophies of Antonio Conte and Arsene Wenger, Chelsea were able to chisel a single win from their London rivals in eight attempts, drawing four of the remainder.
But, before bettors get too excited regarding Arsenal double chance odds of 21/20, it’s worth noting that the Blues were easily the more fluent of the two works-in-progress last weekend.
Chelsea’s wide men were influential, while the budding midfield partnership between Jorginho and N’Golo Kante played out in pleasingly symbiotic fashion.
By contrast, the principal innovation Emery seemed to have instilled against City was a brave-to-the point-of-naïvety commitment to playing the ball out from the back.
Arsenal have bagged just one goal in their last six visits to Stamford Bridge and, with the Gunners’ attack still adapting to the vision of their new coach, Chelsea clean sheet odds of 17/10 appeal.
Last season’s away form is the arguably the factor that ultimately swings the punting pendulum in the direction of the 3/4 Chelsea win to nil odds.
The Gunners would’ve finished up 11th in a Premier League based purely on road results in 2017/18, scoring just 20 times and losing 11 of those 19 outings.
More than half the 16 goals the Blues conceded in the division at Stamford Bridge last term came in three games and they can take advantage of any residual road rustiness to record a result.
Key players to watch
In terms of players primed to make the Blues breakthrough, it will be little surprise that Eden Hazard is nominated as an anytime goalscorer pick in the Chelsea vs Arsenal odds at 6/4.
The Belgian took a mere four minutes to set up a goal after joining the fray from the bench at the John Smith’s Stadium last time out and two of his five career strikes versus the Emirates side have come across his last three starts against them.
Aaron Ramsey should start again, with his future still in doubt. Chelsea, amongst others club such as Barcelona have been linked with the Welshman in this transfer window.
At a working man’s price, odds of 25/1 about Kante to score first look just as appealing given the increased licence to get forward Jorginho’s arrival seems to have afforded the World Cup winner.
Having bagged one league goal per campaign since his arrival in England, he may have done his duty for the season already, yet such a hefty price, or anytime odds of 17/2, is fair recompense for trusting the evidence set before your early-season eyes against Huddersfield.