Premier League Betting: Chelsea v Arsenal - Fan v Fan Preview



Chelsea perspective: Andy Seaby, Chelsea Daft

Team news

Chelsea are missing Victor Moses and John-Obi Mikel, who are both away at the Africa Cup of Nations. We are waiting to hear news on John Terry; although even if he is fit Rafa Benitez may decide that it's too soon for him to make a start in this one.

Form

Chelsea's home form has been woeful, which is a worry despite our excellent displays away from Stamford Bridge. With two home defeats and a draw in our last three games on our patch under Benitez, Chelsea are struggling. You never expect a Chelsea side to throw away a 2-0 lead but that is exactly what happened against Southampton. We need to sort out our home form; otherwise we can kiss our hopes of a top four finish goodbye. 

Head-to-head

Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates earlier this season. The last game at Stamford Bridge produced an eight-goal thriller. Our high defensive line under Andre Villas-Boas was exposed time and time again by Arsenal as we were soundly beaten 5-3.

Best bets

Over 4.5 goals at 5.50. I expect goals in this game because of the way both sides have been playing and because of what happened last season.

Chelsea to win at 1.90. Now is the time for us to get our home form back on track.

David Luiz to score at 18.00. The Brazilian is taking plenty of free-kicks these days, so should get a chance to notch.

Score prediction: Chelsea 4-3 Arsenal (90.00)

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Arsenal perspective
: Jamie McNicholas, GunnerBlog

Team news

Arsenal are without the experienced midfield pair of Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky, but do welcome Laurent Koscielny back from suspension. I don't expect the Frenchman to start: the last time he faced Chelsea he scored an own goal.  Per Mertesacker will continue in his stead.

Form

Both Arsenal and Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from recent Premier League disappointments. Just a few days before Chelsea's home draw with Southampton, ten-man Arsenal slumped to a 2-0 defeat at home to Man City. This represents the perfect opportunity to claim a major scalp and restore some much-needed confidence to the side.

Head-to-head

In this fixture last season, a Robin van Persie hat-trick proved decisive.  Arsenal will be hoping for one of Theo Walcott or Olivier Giroud to step up to that remarkable mantle this time round. Our goalscorer in the last meeting between these clubs, Gervinho, is absent on international duty.

Best bets

Theo Walcott to score first at 8.50. Arsene Wenger has suggested that Walcott's new contract is imminent. Will Theo celebrate a substantial pay rise with a goal?

Over 3.5 goals at 2.70. Much more so than in recent seasons, Chelsea are a side full of attacking intent. The fact that both teams are set up to go forward suggests this could be a high-scoring encounter.

Abou Diaby to score at 11.00. Arsene Wenger is a huge fan of the French midfielder, and recently compated him to Patrick Vieira. Vieira himself once scored a famous goal at Stamford Bridge, and I'm backing Diaby to emulate it - if he can avoid another injury!

Score prediction: Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal (14.00)

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