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Premier League: Chelsea vs Arsenal Analysis and Prediction

Third-place Chelsea will take on sixth-place Arsenal in an English Premier League battle that will have serious top four implications. Check at Chelsea vs Arsenal Betting Analysis.

Chelsea has turned in three of its best performances of the season over the past couple of weeks, while Arsenal’s advantaged position has gone by the wayside during their recent three-game losing streak.

Recent form

Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in the FA Cup semi-final over the weekend, building on a 3-1 win over Real Madrid in the second leg of a Champions League tie as well as a 6-0 drumming of Southampton in the league. 

Arsenal, meanwhile, has lost four of its last five domestic outings, including consecutive losses to Southampton, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Crystal Palace— common opponents are not the best indicator, but the Blues did easily beat two of these three teams.

Match information

The game will kick off Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. ET inside Stamford Bridge in London, England. 

Chelsea vs Arsenal Betting Analysis

Chelsea Betting Analysis

The team has been a powerhouse in English and world soccer since the arrival of manager Thomas Tuchel last January. The German tactician has brought a disciplined, strict-but-fair approach that has mostly brought the best out of his team and made them hard to beat, making them one of the safest Premier League picks.

The Blues head into the midweek matchup as decent favorites despite a blip in the radar a few weeks ago, a 1-4 loss to Brentford at their usually impenetrable fortress of Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal Betting Analysis

Arsenal was on a torrid run of form and seemed to have guaranteed themselves Champions League qualification before their disastrous recent stretch brought question into this claim. Injuries have played a role, but their collapse is still profoundly reminiscent of recent shortcomings.

The Gunners often operate better as the underdogs in Premier League betting odds and when the pressure is off of them, but they still have to get past a daunting opponent.

Updates

Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell remains out as he continues to rehab a torn ACL; other than that, the London club is at full health and suspension-free. 

Kai Havertz and Mason Mount have been in shimmering form recently, though both have played heavy minutes. Their inclusion would seem likely on the basis of performance, but fatigue could cause the squad to be rotated.

Arsenal, meanwhile, will be without left-back Kieran Tierney, who has a knee problem of his own. Thomas Partey is still undergoing tests on an injury he recently suffered and is expected to miss the match, while Takehiro Tomiyasu could return but is not expected to start.

Alexandre Lacazette tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the weekend’s clash with Southampton and will need to return a negative test before being granted the opportunity to suit up. Arsenal’s lack of squad depth has hindered them all season and continues to be an issue.

Chelsea vs Arsenal Betting Preview

Sports betting guides will say that Chelsea is a nearly unbeatable team in this matchup because of recent form and an overall deeper and more talented squad; however, even the best Premier League predictions could not account for a result like Brentford’s 4-1 win at the Bridge, so Arsenal fans should still have some help.

In all likelihood, the Blues will ride their airtight defense and attacking pressure to a victory, but if Arsenal can hit them on the counterattack early, they could sit back and absorb pressure from a team devoid of a true number-nine. 

Chelsea still stacks up favorably in Premier League stats with goals, but their inability to manufacture scoring opportunities against inferior opponents and through the middle of the attack has hindered them, so if the Gunners do go up, placing a live bet on them holding the result could be a strong play.

Betting guides also typically advise taking the under with Chelsea, which seems like another smart idea this time around.

Chelsea vs Arsenal Betting Prediction

Chelsea has built too much trust to discount them in the tie against Arsenal; watch for a 1-0 or 2-0 win that is not actually as close as the score might suggest but still ends with three points going to the home team. 

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How to bet on Chelsea vs Arsenal

Chelsea is a -120 favorite in the match, while Arsenal is a +340 underdog; there are +260 odds of a draw.

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