The first big London Derby of the season is coming this Saturday, when Chelsea will play host to Arsenal. Chelsea looked really good in their away match against Huddersfield in the premiere, grabbing an easy win. Arsenal were not very good in their home match against Manchester City and met a home loss. They will now look for something better in this match.
Date/Time: 8-18-2018, 12:30 EDT
Spread: Arsenal +0.75
Total: 2.75 Goals
Chelsea (1-0-0) made a dominant start in the season when they destroyed Huddersfield by a solid 3-0 on the road. They were actually not very active in the first half, but they scored twice in that span. Kante took the lead at the 34th minute, while Jorginho extended that lead at the 45th minute from the penalty spot. Chelsea were much better in the second half, but they didn’t stress a lot. They eventually scored a third goal at the 80th minute for the final 3-0. Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud started the match at the bench due to World Cup fatigue.
On the other hand, Arsenal (0-1-0) failed to get something positive in coach Emery’s debut. To be honest, they played host to reigning champions Manchester City, so their work was really hard. Injuries to key defenders forced Emery to use Maitland-Niles in the left back, but even he was injured. Sokratis also made his debut, along with Guendouzi, but they were both disappointed. Their opponents took the lead at the 14th minute with Sterling, as they were better in the first half. Manchester City kept on pushing in the second half, and eventually scored a second goal at the 64th minute. Arsenal failed to take anything form that match, as they were really uninspired in the second half.
The two teams met on five occasions last season, and four of those ended as draws. Arsenal won the only one of those five matches, in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals. Chelsea have been really great as hosts against Arsenal over the years, and even more so in the past decade (8-2-2).
Moreover, Arsenal have only scored a single goal in their last six matches in this venue. Coach Sarri will hope for Chelsea to record their first home win of the season, while Coach Emery will try to avoid a second loss. This match can really go either way, but I will take the Over 2.75 Goals here.
Premier League Chelsea vs Arsenal Prediction: Over 2.75 Goals (-111)
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