By News Team
21st January 2020
Following a disappointing weekend for both teams, with Chelsea losing to Newcastle and Arsenal conceding a late equaliser at home to Sheffield Untited, the two sides face off on Tuesday in a mouth-watering London derby.
The game is likely to prove crucial to Chelsea’s hopes of Champions League qualification. Not so for Arsenal, whose hopes of re-joining Europe’s elite next season through their Premier League finish seem all but over regardless of tomorrow’s result. We preview the clash and take a look at the best bets on offer.
Blue Tuesday for Arsenal?
Currently sitting 10 points above their opponents after snatching a fortunate victory at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the season, Chelsea are the clear favourites for Tuesday’s encounter. The Blues are priced at a short 8/11 to win, with the Gunners available at 18/5 with the draw a 29/10 chance.
Arsenal’s underdog status is hardly surprising given Mikel Arteta’s record of just one win in five league games since he took charge, even though there have definitely been signs of improvement since he took over.
The Spaniard will not be able to call on the suspended club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a devastating blow given that the Gabon forward has scored almost half of his side’s total league goals this season.
Replacement forward Gabriel Martinelli, who netted Arsenal’s opener at the weekend, is 10/3 to score at any time and 10/1 to score first. Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette is 6/4 to net at any time during the game, and 5/1 to bag the first goal of the night, though be wary given his last goal was in December.
Chelsea’s fired up young guns
Frank Lampard’s young team have surpassed expectations this season, but after a poor spell in front of goal, the Chelsea manager looks determined to bolster his attacking options in the January transfer market, with Edinson Cavani the latest striker to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
Having scored 19 goals this season, the prolific Tammy Abraham may feel hard done by. The 22-year-old is 3/4 to score at any time, and 13/5 to score first. Having netted a hat-trick against Wolves earlier in the season, he is 18/1 to do so again against Arsenal.
England international Mason Mount has also been impressive, registering five goals and six assists so far this season. The midfielder stands at 15/2 to score first, and is a front runner for man of the match at 6/1.
Chelsea could edge it
Given Arsenal’s improvement under Arteta and Chelsea’s recent struggles, many might think the Gunners could be worth backing here. However, they haven’t won at Stamford Bridge in seven Premier League matches, a run that stretches back to 2011, and the Blues should feel confident of continuing that run here.
Both teams aren’t strong defensively and goals can be expected, so backing Lampard’s side to win with both teams scoring at 21/20 looks a solid bet.