Arsenal To Win & Under 2.5 Goals Our Soccer Picks As Gunners Meet Chelsea

Kevin Stott

Thursday, January 21, 2016 3:56 PM GMT

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 3:56 PM GMT

What are the best Trends and angles here and are there any soccer picks we can work with for this matchup between Arsenal and Chelsea? Read on and don't miss this preview.

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Predicted Final Score: Arsenal 1 - Chelsea 0
Free Premier League Pick: Under 2½; Arsenal to Win to Nil
Best Line Offered: at Bet365

 

Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends, the English Premier League and what would have normally been the marquee fixture on Matchday 23, this London derby between defending champions Chelsea and Arsenal is now just a sad reminder of how far the Blues have fallen and that all that glitters ain’t necessarily gold right, José? At the Emirates Stadium in North London on Sunday, former Chelsea GK Petr Cech will try to keep his Gunners on top of the league table against his old mates in what could end up be a low-scoring and boring affair. But all isn’t lost as we can add them to our soccer picks.

 

Odds Overview
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Defending English Premier League champions and currently 14th-place Chelsea (6-7-9, 31 GF-34 GA) head to North London and Emirates Stadium on Sunday to face 1st-place Arsenal (13-5-4, 37 GF-21 GA) in this English Premier League Matchday 23 fixture which looked much better when the schedules came out this Summer. Soccer odds boards here have host Arsenal as -105 favorites over Chelsea (+250) with the Draw priced at +240 (Bet365) with the Total (Goals) in this contest set at 2½ with the Over priced at -105 and Under priced at -117 (Bet365). Some Props wagers for this Barclay’s Premier League match from SW6: Both Teams To Score: ‘Yes’ -137, ‘No’ +100 (Bet365); To Win To Nil: Arsenal +275, Chelsea +600, (Sky Bet); and, Draw No Bet: Arsenal -194, Chelsea +187 (Matchbook).

 

Chelsea FC
Chelsea (2-3-5 on Road, 11 GF-15 GA) earned a late 3-3 Draw with Everton at Stamford Bridge on Matchday 22 thanks to a John Terry header at the 98-minute mark as the Blues quietly increased their unbeaten streak under new Manager Guus Hiddink to 7 matches. And like the past several seasons, Chelsea Defenders have been doing a wonderful job scoring as Blues Defenders César Azpilicueta and Kenedy scored the club’s two goals on Matchday 20 against West Bromwich Albion at Home in West London in a 2-2 Draw with the visiting Baggies. Injured AMF Eden Hazard (Hip) is reportedly scheduled to resume training this week and is expected back in the Starting XI for the Blues and Hiddink. Besides Belgian playmaker Hazard (Anytime Goalscorer +335, 888sport), Chelsea (5000/1 to win EPL, SkyBet) will look to Diego Costa (Anytime Goalscorer +210, 888sport), Oscar (Anytime Goalscorer +375, 888sport) and Willian (Anytime Goalscorer +370, 888sport) for scoring as well as maybe Pedro (Anytime Goalscorer +333, 888sport), but nobody has consistently scored for this club all season and the rumor mill has Hazard, Costa, Oscar and GK Thibaut Courtois all reportedly wanting to leave Stamford Bridge this Summer allegedly unhappy there will (more than more than likely) be no UEFA Champions League football for this historic team next year. And they don’t deserve it.

 

Arsenal FC
Arsenal (7-2-1 on Road 16 GF-6 GA) and Manager Arsène Wenger find themselves are again on top of the EPL table, thanks in great part to the Summer acquisition of GK Cech who comes in tied for the league lead in Clean Sheets. Chilean sensation Alexis Sánchez (Anytime Goalscorer, +190, Bet365) and playmaker Mesut Özil (Anytime Goalscorer +360, Bet365) are both reportedly set to return for this Derby showdown while Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Francis Coquelin are all set to resume full training for Arsenal in the next month and will be needed as the Gunners try to hold off Manchester City and upstart newly promoted side and 2nd-place Leicester City which actually comes in tied with Arsenal on points (44) with the Foxes in 2nd place on GD (Arsenal +16 to +13). Here, at Home at the Emirates Stadium in North London against their heated rivals, expect the host Gunners to push the pace if Sánchez and Özil are back and starting and Arsenal will also look to striker Olivier Giroud (Anytime Goalscorer +137, Bet365), Theo Walcott (+200), Aaron Ramsey (+335), Costa Rican Forward Joel Campbell (+275), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (+525) and Mikel Arteta (+550), among others for goals. In their last game, Arsenal (+162 to win EPL, 32Red) played to a 0-0 Draw against Stole City at Stoke-on-Trent and historic the Britannia Stadium, so this one may start off sluggish with a high number of quality attempts on goal against quality GKs Cech and Courtois unlikely despite the probable prolific players on the pitch. 

 

Series Trends, Recent Form & Thoughts
The Gunners have the best overall Form in the Premier League (3-4-0, WWDWWDD) and Arsenal has been playing pretty consistent football all season long. When these two met earlier this season on Matchday 8 in West London at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea won 2-0 making it 5 straight matches since the Gunners have scored a goal on the Blues (2-0, 0-0, 2-0, 6-0, 0-0). The Gunners last win over Chelsea here at the Emirates came in the 2010/2011 season (3-1), and after a 5-3 Gunners romp at SW6 in the match after that one, the Blues have gone an unbeaten 5-3-0 against Arsenal, outscoring them 16-2 in the process. But those were different Chelsea teams with Cech (Arsenal), Frank Lampard (NYCFC) and Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact) all still on the Roster and Eva Carneiro as Head Physio and this incarnation of Chelsea is proving—like Yoko Ono with The Beatles—that greatness can be dismantled in the blink of an eye by the wrong person’s tinkering. With rumors of all this flight of talent combined with everyone the Blues have lost over the L3 seasons, it may take several years to get a winning team back at Stamford Bridge and all the Russian oil money in the world can’t buy flow and cohesiveness on the pitch and a willingness to stay on a potentially sinking ship. Chelsea has been ragged all season, has some moments of brilliance and will no doubt get up for this match, with the reported returns of Hazard, Sánchez and Özil making it a little more enticing although expecting them to all assimilate immediately into their respective teams’ flows of play may be wishful thinking. Arsenal is 36-22-20 (120 GF-98 GA) lifetime at Home against Chelsea in Premier League play and the Gunners are 61-47-49 (220- GF-203 GA) overall against the Blues through the years and actually need the win and the 3 points here more than Chelsea. It seems Arsenal could finally snap their scoreless and winless skid against Chelsea in this derby as Cech blanks his old mates with some forward or striker like Walcott, Sánchez, Giroud or Özil getting the match-winner.

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