Arsenal vs Chelsea (2021/22 Premier League, August 22) Betting Tips & Predictions
Arsenal welcomes Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium this Sunday evening, hoping to earn first points in the Premier League 2021/22. It will be the 204th meeting between the 2 clubs in all competitions.
Although the overall head-to-head record and recent results in this fixture favour Arsenal, the bookmakers believe Chelsea are the overwhelming favourites this time around. The Arsenal vs. Chelsea odds on football betting sites reflect the same, but there’s much more to it than meets the eye. Plenty of great value can be obtained from some of the picks, so let’s check them out without further ado.
Arsenal is coming off a massively disappointing opening day performance at Brentford, losing 2-0 to a club playing the first-ever Premier League match in their history. There were visibly a lot of potholes to fill for Mikel Arteta, and unless the Spaniard can manage to turn things around in a jiffy, Arsenal is in for a bumpy ride this season. In their defense, they were not in a position to field their strongest team against Brentford last weekend, but that inability is likely to continue. Strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette both missed the opening match against Brentford due to an injury. Still, rumours are circulating that the issue may be deeper than a minor niggle.
Both Lacazette and Aubameyang have had a falling-out with manager Mikel Arteta, with the latter linked with a move away to FC Barcelona before the closure of the ongoing summer transfer window. While it remains to be seen where their future lies, it is unlikely that either of them features against Chelsea at the weekend, which is a huge blow for the Gunners. That being said, Arsenal is reportedly closing in on the signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid, and his arrival will improve the squad greatly. Irrespective of when that move materialises, it is unlikely the Norwegian will have any part to play in the London derby.
In the absence of many key squad members, new signing Ben White has to be at his very best for Arsenal to stand any chance of winning this match.
Arsenal recent form: L-L-L-D-L
Line-up prediction: Leno; Tierny, Mari, White, Chambers; Xhaka, Elneny, Smith-Rowe; Saka, Balogun, Pepe
Chelsea got off to a scintillating start to their Premier League campaign, winning their opening match against Crystal Palace by a comprehensive scoreline of 3 goals to nil. The Blues were very efficient all game, keeping hold of the ball and attacking patiently. They were quite secure at the back as well, limiting Palace to just one shot on target all game. Manager Thomas Tuchel has got his Chelsea team playing a very effective brand of football which helped them win the Champions League title last season. However, their lack of threat in the form of a famed goalscorer was a concern that needed addressing, and they have done just that over the summer.
The return of former player Romelu Lukaku – now one of the best strikers in the world – is a huge statement of intent from the club. Lukaku’s proven goalscoring record combined with his fellow partners in crime – Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, and Hakim Ziyech – make Chelsea’s offense one of the best in England. The rise of academy graduate Trevoh Chalobah also gives the club another great rotational option in their five-person defense. Chelsea is looking good heading into the new season, and they’ll certainly be a force to reckon with in the Premier League.
Chelsea recent form: W-W-D-W-W
Line-up prediction: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho; Mount, Lukaku, Havertz
Arsenal vs. Chelsea Betting Tips
The London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea always tends to be an electric affair and is one of the most anticipated fixtures in a Premier League season. Bookmakers consider Chelsea the odds-on favourites to win this match. Let’s take a look at our top 3 betting tips for this match.
- Both teams to score – (1.90)Arsenal has scored at least once in their last 9 meetings against Chelsea. No matter what kind of form they find themselves in heading into a London derby, getting themselves on the scoresheet never appears to be a problem. Although their performance against Brentford last weekend suggested otherwise, the importance of this match to their fans alone should be enough to get them at least a goal.On the other hand, Chelsea has had no problems putting the ball in the back of the net of late. They scored 3 goals in their Premier League opener, and now with Romelu Lukaku also in their ranks, expect one goal from the Blues.
- Chelsea to have more corners – (1.80)Given the lack of Arsenal’s premium offensive options like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, it is likely that Chelsea will be on the front foot for much of the game. Moreover, Chelsea’s wing-backs – Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta – will do their fair share of crossing, some of which will invariably be sent out for corners. Chelsea’s expected share of possession, coupled with their greater intent and style of play in the final third, should mean that they end the London derby with more corners than the hosts.
- Chelsea to win and Romelu Lukaku to score – (2.70)It is particularly one that can be considered for a live bet, depending on how the 2 teams fare early on. Regardless, Romelu Lukaku would be desperate to mark his Chelsea comeback with a goal in a London derby. It would be a grand way of announcing his arrival, and the Belgian is certainly aware of the same. Chelsea has the players around him to feed him inside the box, and few players on this planet can do a better job of putting the ball in the back of the net. Moreover, as far as the result of the match is concerned, Chelsea’s superior squad strength and current momentum should be enough to carry them over the line.
Arsenal vs. Chelsea Score Predictions
The Premier League is the home of upsets, and it certainly wouldn’t be the biggest of shocks if Arsenal were to defeat Chelsea at home this weekend. That being said, there is as much gulf in class between these 2 teams as there ever has been. With Lukaku’s signing, Chelsea has become one of the favourites to win the Premier League, especially the London derby this Sunday. Both teams should get themselves on the scoresheet, with Chelsea scoring at least a goal more than the Gunners.
Final Verdict: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea
Use our analysis to place your London derby bets today!