|Arsenal v Chelsea Latest Odds & Match Info|
|EPL odds||Arsenal +360 at BetOnline | Draw +260 | Chelsea -125|
|When||Monday, August 23 at 1:30am AEST|
|Where||Emirates Stadium – London, England|
|Watch Live||Optus Sport|
Arsenal welcome local rivals Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium on Monday morning (AEST) in the marquee matchup for Matchweek 2 of the 2021/22 EPL season. BettingSite’s soccer tipster presents his best bets and match analysis for this tasty London derby.
Arsenal v Chelsea match analysis
It was a nightmare start to the season for Arsenal, going down 2-0 to the newly promoted Brentford on opening night. The Gunners were nothing short of horrific in all facets of the game, but especially in their efforts in the forward half. Only four of their 22 shots were on target, and outside of a Nicholas Pepe attempt in the 87th minute, the Brentford goalkeeper barely had to make a save.
The news for Gunners fans hasn’t got any better since, with strike duo Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both expected to miss Chelsea’s visit to the Emirates. The one positive from the loss to Brentford was how damaging Kieran Tierney was down the left side, creating seven chances for his attackers – the most by an Arsenal player since Alex Iwobi against Watford in 2019. Despite defeating Chelsea in both Premier League matchups last year, this looks to be a difficult challenge for Mikel Arteta’s men in front of their outspoken fans.
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Chelsea could hardly have been more impressive in their Matchweek 1 clash with Crystal Palace, winning 3-0 and showing they are more than capable of being genuine title contenders this season. With the Blues set to inject Romelu Lukaku into their starting lineup for Sunday’s clash, they could not be any better placed to begin their season with two wins from as many starts.
Thomas Tuchel is hopeful of welcoming a fully fit N’Golo Kante back to his starting side this weekend, so last year’s Champions League winners could bring a full-strength midfield to the Emirates. With service provided by the likes of Jorginho, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount, this Chelsea outfit looks formidable on paper.
Arsenal v Chelsea EPL predictions & best bets
Match handicap: Chelsea (-1.0)
It was a tale of two tapes last weekend for both Arsenal and Chelsea, and if both teams serve up similar performances, the Blues should simply demolish their crosstown rivals. Arsenal have quickly become the laughing stock of the competition and Romelu Lukaku is set to have his first start for Chelsea since August 8, 2013, making the visitors even more dangerous than they were last week.
To win to nil: Chelsea
Chelsea may not have the highest-profile defenders in the league, but they clearly have enough to handle what Arsenal are set to throw at them on Sunday. Since taking over at Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel has seemingly found a winning formula in defence, with the Blues keeping 10 clean sheets in the EPL – more than any other team in the competition. With Arsenal’s attack looking pretty toothless, we anticipate Chelsea will get the job done with relative ease and remain unbeaten in the new EPL campaign.
Chelsea to win to nil