Arsenal vs Chelsea – 101 Great Goals prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea
Arsenal’s recent record against Chelsea, combined with their home form, is likely to give them confidence going into this one.
Having slipped below Man United once again, Chelsea will be desperate for a good start to their 2018.
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Who will win?
Arsenal are 9/5 with Paddy Power to secure a home win.
Chelsea are favourites with the bookies, at 6/4.
Chelsea at 3/1, with both teams to score, looks like an attractive bet.
First goal scorer markets on Alexandre Lacazette (5/1) and Alvaro Morata (4/1) also look worth a punt.
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Arsenal vs Chelsea: Premier League preview
Arsenal’s first match of 2018 sees them host London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.
Arsene Wenger’s side were denied three points on New Year’s Eve thanks to a woeful refereeing decision late on from Mike Dean, who wrongly awarded West Brom a penalty.
Arsenal had taken the lead through a deflected Alexis Sanchez free-kick, but the match finished one apiece.
The Gunners head into Wednesday’s match unbeaten in their last eight, but six points adrift of the top four.
Five star Chelsea
Chelsea completed their 2017 with a bang, putting five past Stoke at Stamford Bridge.
Goals from Antonio Rudiger, Danny Drinkwater, Pedro, Willian and Davide Zappacosta helped Antonio Conte’s side to a fifth win in their last six.
Of the teams to have played 10 matches at home this season, only Manchester City have taken more home points than Arsenal. Chelsea, however, boast the second meanest defensive away record in the division.
Arsenal have a good recent record against the Blues. The Gunners followed up last season’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea by beating their London rivals in this year’s Community Shield.
Arsenal also held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge earlier on in the campaign.
Arsenal team news vs Chelsea
The opening of the winter transfer window has intensified the doubt around Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal future, but the Chilean is still expected to start.
Arsenal hope to have Mesut Ozil back from a knock which ruled him out against the Baggies.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles could start at left-wingback after Sead Kolasinac was forced off injured.
Jack Wilshere is in contention to start his sixth consecutive Premier League match, while Petr Cech is set to face his old club.
Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, and Nacho Monreal remain sidelined, but Laurent Koscielny could return.
On Tuesday, in his pre-match presser, Arsene Wenger said Koscielny was 30-70 to play.
Santi Cazorla is a long-term absentee.
Chelsea team news vs Arsenal
Eden Hazard, Tiemoue Bakayoko and former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas are all expected to return to the starting line-up after dropping to the bench on Sunday.
David Luiz and Charly Musonda remain out but could be set for returns in the FA Cup.
Arsenal predicted line-up vs Chelsea
Chelsea predicted line-up vs Arsenal
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