Betting tips for Chelsea vs Arsenal - 10.01.2018
Just a week after seeing each other's faces for the first time this 2018, Blues and Gunners meet again in the first leg of the EFL Cup, the Carabao Cup, which takes place at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea thrashed Stoke City in the final game of 2017 (5-0), snatching second place in the Premier League to Manchester United, but lost it again after drawing in the first London derby of 2017 against Arsenal last Wednesday (2-2). The weekend, the reigning Premier League champion did not pass the tie against Norwich, having to play a replay in the FA Cup.
Team Blue has been left out of the fight for the title with 45 points in 21 games, 14 less than Guardiola's Manchester City. In the first year of Antonio Conte on the bench, the team won its second Premier League in three years. Despite the good performance of the team last season, the Londoners kept the black tradition of the last two seasons, in which the champion starts the next season making a fool of himself.
The Blues did not have enough to lose the Community Shield precisely to the Gunners, but they fell at home to Burnley (2-3). However, the following day won at Wembley at Tottenham (1-2), with two goals from Spaniard Marcos Alonso, initiating an improvement confirmed with wins against Everton (2-0) and Leicester (1-2), at the league competition, and the Qarabag (6-0) in the debut in the Champions League. Victory in the Wanda Metropolitan (1-2) opened a streak of three punctures (0-1 against City, 2-1 in their visit to Crystal Palace, 3-3 against AS Roma), broken the following weekend with a huge comeback against Watford (4-2). Since then, the team won the next three games without conceding a single goal (0-1 at Bournemouth, 1-0 at home against Manchester United, and 0-4 against West Bromwich), before tying at Anfield (1- 1), suffer to win at Swansea (1-0, beat Newcastle (3-1), lose to West Ham (1-0), win in their visit to Huddersfield Town on weekdays (1-3), defeat the Southampton (1-0) and a goalless draw at Goodison Park (0-0) At Boxing Day, Chelsea beat Brighton 2-0 before closing a great 2017 with a little hand on Stamford Bridge the Potters.
EFLEl Arsenal occupies the 6th position in the Premier League, adding 39 points in the 22 days played after the draw against Chelsea in the match last weekend, which was played 48 hours ago. Arsene Wenger's team reached that first London Derby of 2018 after breaking a three-match winless streak that began with a tough home loss to Manchester United, which defeated them 1-3. The draws against Southampton (1-1 at St. Mary's) and precisely West Ham, at London Stadium, were broken with the victory for the minimum against Newcastle (1-0). However, Liverpool were tied at 3 from the Emirates before the Gunners beat the Crystal Palace at home by 2-3 on Thursday and dismissed the 2017 with a fair draw with West Bromwich (1-1).
Valuable winners of the FA Cup and Community Shield, the Gunners miss not playing in the Champions League for the first time in two decades. Pending playing the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup against West Ham and taking on Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, the goal of the Highbury is to win this Europa League and secure a place in the next Champions League without waiting to be among the 4 best teams in the Premier League to avoid having them happen again.
Last weekend, the Gunners fell for the first time in the 3rd round of the FA Cup (since Wenger is on the team) after losing 4-2 to Nottingham Forest.
Olivier Giroud is the main casualty for this game, while it is expected that despite the rumors of possible departures, both Özil and especially Alexis Sánchez, are part of the starting lineup.
A new London derby with uncertain forecast, with Chelsea being more solvent and the Gunners too irregular. Seen as both teams arrive, the field factor should help the locals not let themselves tie with what happened a week ago. The forecast is that Chelsea will win.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Prediction: X/1 4.50
Chelsea vs Arsenal betting tip: Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.80
Chelsea vs Arsenal final score recommendations: 2-1 10.00