Arsenal v Chelsea Preview

December 22, 2013 | By

Sky Bet - £30 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountPremiership action Monday Night comes from the Emirates Stadium and features an all London Derby with Arsenal playing host to arch rivals Chelsea.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 20:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Arsenal v Chelsea Preview, Premiership, Monday 23rd December 2013

Arsene Wenger and his players will be looking to return back to the top of the Premiership league table come monday night when they welcome Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side to the Emirates Stadium, but there can be no doubt that last weekend’s 6-3 hammering by Manchester City will still be very fresh in the players minds and it will be interesting to see how they will react in this game.

Chelsea are also having a bit of a reality check at the moment, their 3-2 defeat away to Stoke City and their 2-1 exit from the League Cup midweek just a couple of the shock results that fans have witness this season under the guidance of ‘The Special One’ who at the moment doesn’t exactly look that special at all, although victory over Arsenal on monday night would certainly make up for those shock defeats and put Chelsea right back in the race for the Premiership Title.

Arsenal Team News:

Laurent Koscielny, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Vassiriki Diaby are all out for this game as they continue to recover from respective injury problems. 4-2-3-1 looks the likely formation that manager Arsene Wenger will use for this game which will see Olivier Giroud leading the attack up front with support in behind coming from Ramsey, Ozil, Flamini, Walcott and Gnabry.

Striker Olivier Giroud is the clubs current top goalscorer this season with 7.

Chelsea Team News:

Ryan Bertrand, Tomas Kalas and Marco van Ginkel are all missing for this game as they continue to receive treatment for respective injuries and Michael Essien will also being unavailable as he serves a suspension. 4-2-3-1 is the likely formation that manager Jose Mourinho will deploy for this game which will see either Demba Ba, Samuel Eto’o or Fernando Torres leading the attack up front with support from midfield being provided by Schurrle, Hazard, Mata, Willian and Ramires.

Midfielder Eden Hazard is the clubs current top goalscorer this season with 6.

Arsenal v Chelsea Head to Head Statistics:

Monday night’s game from the Emirates Stadium will become the 159th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Arsenal have won 61 (36 at the Emirates Stadium) times, Chelsea have won 51 times (23 at the Emirates Stadium), with the other 46 games (20 at the Emirates Stadium) having finished all square.

The previous 5 games played between the two clubs show Chelsea having a commanding advantage having won 3 games with Arsenal having won just 1, with the other match finishing all square.

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
29/10/11 PRL Chelsea – Arsenal 3 : 5

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

429 goals have been scored in the previous 158 games played between the two clubs which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.71 which suggests that we should see at least a couple of goals scored on Monday night in North London.

Arsenal v Chelsea Recent Form (Left to Right)

Arsenal: W W D L L

Chelsea: W L W W L

Chelsea have a slight advantage on the recent form stats having won 3 of their last 5 games played. Arsenal have only managed 2 victories from their last 5 played. Both sides have suffered 2 defeats during this period.

Arsenal v Chelsea Match Betting Odds Market

Arsenal are coming into this game on the back of two successive defeats, yet the online bookmakers still have Arsene Wengers side the clear favourites to win this game at a current best price of 7/5 with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) which for me does look a bit skinny considering they don’t have a great record against Chelsea over recent years.

The Draw is certainly an outcome that many will believe can happen in this game as there really is little to seperate the two sides and at a current best price of 12/5 with Ladbrokes (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) this could definitely be worth getting on as your main cover bet for this game.

Chelsea are not without a major chance of winning this game and although they have had some strange results over the last couple of weeks, I still think they are side that be involved for the Premiership Title this season and at a current best price of 9/4 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) this does look the value play here.

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

With going top of the Premiership League Table at stake for both of these clubs, every football fan around the country will be looking forward to this game on monday night as it is certain to have all the spills, thrills and excitement you would expect to see in a London Derby.

Chelsea have a good record against Arsenal over the years and will be looking to bounce back from a couple of shock defeats picked up in recent weeks which included their exit from the League Cup midweek when losing to Sunderland in Extra Time.

Arsenal have also had a couple of weeks to forget as not only did they lose their final Champions League game, they were also humiliated by Manchester City last weekend 6-3 and the players are going to find it very difficult to pick themselves up from that defeat having pretty much beaten everyone put in their way.

The goal statistics suggest this game to see at least a couple of goals scored on monday night, so betting markets like Anytime Goalscorer, Both Teams to Score YES and Total Match Goals 2 or 3 could all be worth taking a closer look at.

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