Sports Betting Weekly

Arsenal v Chelsea

When: Sunday, 26 April 2015 @ 22:00 (FINISHED)
Where: Emirates Stadium
Having successfully overcome the challenge of halting Manchester United’s recent momentum by registering a gritty 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge last weekend, Chelsea will travel to the Emirates in Sunday’s late kick-off looking to do a similar job on London rivals, Arsenal.

With the Gunners away on F.A. Cup duty last weekend, Jose Mourinho’s side were able to extend their lead at the top of the table to a whopping 10 points – meaning that even if they lose to Arsenal on Sunday and Arsene Wenger’s men go on to win every single one of their remaining Premier League fixtures, the Blues would need just three more wins to mathematically secure the title.

Of course, Chelsea will feel far more comfortable about the task ahead of them should they manage to avoid defeat in North London – and as he demonstrated against United last week, if there’s one manager in the league capable of setting his team up to get a result when it matters, it’s Mourinho.

The Blues have an imperious record against Arsenal under the Portuguese, with Wenger having failed to beat a Chelsea side managed by Mourinho in 12 attempts, but in spite of Chelsea’s dominance in recent years, there’s no doubt they’ll have work to do against the league’s form side.

When you consider the two teams’ head-to-head record, it tells you all you need to know about Arsenal’s recent momentum that they are still considered slight favourites here at 8/5, with Chelsea just behind at 21/10 and the draw – which would be a satisfactory result for Mourinho – at 12/5.

Indeed, there can be no denying that this clash has a different feel about it compared to recent encounters, with Wenger perhaps conceding that you can’t simply roll Chelsea over by playing pretty football. Sure, the Blues are likely to again give up much of the possession, but it seems unlikely the home side will commit as many men forward as they have done in previous defeats to Chelsea.

As such, this looks set to be a tight, tactical game in which Arsenal tentatively probe at the visitors, while the Blues seek to exploit any space they leave behind on the counter. With a more cautious style likely to be adopted by Wenger’s men, the chances of a draw therefore seem pretty high, with 1-1 favoured by the bookies at 6/1, but a 0-0 stalemate arguably offering far better value at 9/1.

However, with the Gunners having won their last nine home games and also set a record eight-game winning streak since losing at White Hart Lane in February, if ever there was a time for Wenger to break his Mourinho hoodoo this is it – and you can get 31/10 on them winning by a one goal margin (which has settled five of their last eight victories) or 19/2 on the game finishing 2-1 to Arsenal.

Of course, with Chelsea likely to be more than happy with a point, the main danger for Arsenal here is that they get carried away with attacking the visitors and forget the game plan, which will naturally offer PFA Player of the Year favourite, Eden Hazard, the chance to extend his recent scoring streak. The Belgian has two goals in his last two against Arsenal and is 17/5 to score at any point.