Chelsea v Arsenal Preview

March 21, 2014 | By

Coral Free BetsPremiership action Saturday Lunch Time comes from Stamford Bridge and features an all London Derby featuring Chelsea versus Arsenal.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on BT Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 12:45pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Chelsea v Arsenal Preview, Premiership, Saturday 22nd March 2014

Chelsea welcome London rivals Arsenal to Stamford Bridge in the Saturday mid day game. With both teams being in the top four fighting for that top spot the game could make for an interesting watch. Chelsea sit top of the league with 66 points and Arsenal are in third on 62 points, however arsenal have a game in hand.

If Arsenal manage to win against Chelsea and then win there game in hand they could jump up to top spot. Chelsea could extend there lead at the top of the table by 7 points with a win at the Bridge on Saturday. Jose Mourinho’s men played midweek in a 2-0 victory over Galatasary fielding a number of the first team players who will also feature against Arsenal and may begin to feel fatigued towards the end of the game. Both teams are in fine form at the moment with both only losing 1 match each.

Arsenal will look to seize on Chelsea’s tiredness from midweek and will try to get closer to the top spot. I’m expecting a tight match as both teams are so close at the top of the league and are both in good form. Two very experienced managers come up against each other and I’m sure both will want the last laugh at the end of the game.

Chelsea Team News:

Chelsea are without just one player through injury going into the game against arsenal, Marco van Ginkel who is on his road to recovery after an ACL knee ligament injury. Chelsea have 2 suspensions from last weekend which will be unable to feature in the game. Willian and Ramires will both be missed as both have been first team regulars this season.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal have many injuries but could expect a return from much improved player of the season Aaron Ramsey. Arsenal will be without Wallcott, Ozil and Wilshere. Arsenal will struggle as these three are key players to the Arsenal team. Arsenal are without any suspensions for the game against Chelsea Saturday lunchtime

Chelsea v Arsenal Head to Head Statistics:

Saturday’s lunch time game from the Stamford Bridge will become the 160th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Chelsea have won 51 times (28 at Stamford Bridge), Arsenal have won 61 times (25 at Stamford Bridge) and there has been 47 draws (26 coming at tStamford Bridge).

As we can see from the head to head statistics table below, recent meetings between the two clubs show Chelsea having by far the clear advantage heading into this game as they have won 3 times compared to Arsenal having won 0 times and the remaining 2 games having finished all square.

23/12/13 PRL Arsenal – Chelsea 0 : 0
29/10/13 LEC Arsenal – Chelsea 0 : 2
20/01/13 PRL Chelsea – Arsenal
2 : 1
29/09/12 PRL Arsenal – Chelsea 1 : 2
21/04/12 PRL Arsenal – Chelsea
0 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

429 Goals have been scored in the previous 159 matches played between the two clubs over the years, which provides us with an overall average goals per game statistic of 2.69.

203 of those goals have been scored in the previous 79 matches played between the two sides at Stamford Bridge and this generates us an average goals per game statistic of 2.56.

Going on the data above, saturday afternoon’s game from the Emirates Stadium should see between 2 or 3 goals scored.

Chelsea v Arsenal Recent Form (Left to Right)

Chelsea: D W W L W

Arsenal: W L W D W

Nothing between the two sides on the recent form statistics with both having managed 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat in their previous 5 matches played.

Chelsea v Arsenal Match Betting Odds Market

Chelsea have had a strong season so far, and a victory could push them even further clear at the top of the table, with the team being in good form but up against a hard challenge the online bookmakers are offering a best price of 10/11 with Coral (£20 Free Bets for New Customers).

The Draw could be a good bet with the last fixture between these two sides ending 0-0 in the last match played, and both teams not wanting to lose could make for a cagey affair the best current price being offered is 5/2 with Betfred (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

Arsenal have had a good season so far and will look to press on with there good recent form. A win could put them right on the tail of league leaders Chelsea and the bookmakers are offering a best price of 7/2 with Betvictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

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Chelsea v Arsenal Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

This is a tough game to call with the recent form and the stature of both clubs however I just can’t see arsenal winning at Stamford bridge where it has become such a fortress for Jose Mourinho’s men.

Arsenal are with out Ozil, Wilshere and Walcott and with those three key players missing I really think arsenal are going to have to perform well and also battle to the final whistle to get anything out of this game. On a more positive note for Arsenal fans they could welcome back Aaron Ramsey who is having a fine season!

I’m predicting a cagey match between the two sides so my banker will be Under 2.5 goals, I also can’t see Arsenal scoring at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea have an incredible defensive record this season, so I will be taking Chelsea to win 2-0 as my saver.

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