Match Preview: Manchester City vs Arsenal
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Premier League 21 Apr 2012 Arsenal FC 0 – Chelsea FC 0
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Premier League 3 Oct 2010 Chelsea FC 2 – Arsenal FC 0
Premier League 7 Feb 2010 Chelsea FC 2 – Arsenal FC 0
Arsenal to win:
William Hill are offering the best odds of 5/4 for the Gunners to win at the Emirates
Bet365 & Skybet are offering the best odds of 12/5
Chelsea to win:
Williamhill are offering the best odds of 12/5 for the blues to take the fixture away.
allArsenal’s Special Fiver Bet:
allArsenal’s Special Bet365 pick: anytime scorer: Podolski – 6/4
**So far we have won 2 out our 5 bets so far this season – but we’re up over £15 from the £5 we started with – full stats to come soon**
The talented German striker has often been at the centre of Arsenal’s attacks as he swoops in from the left flank.
Podolski has scored three times so far this season and will be a big threat against Chelsea
See below for more match facts
Pro’s opinion – Adam Bate
Arsenal can be backed to win and make it nine unbeaten this season at 11/10 (2.10) with William Hill.
But to do so they will have to beat the European champions who currently sit top of the Premier League table after an impressive start.
Chelsea are 23/10 (3.30) with William Hill to extend their lead at the top of the table with three points here.
The draw that would see both sides retain their unbeaten league records for the campaign is available at that same 23/10 (3.30) price.
Speaking of the same price, the overs/unders market for 2.5 goals has both outcomes at 10/11 (1.91) with William Hill.
Given that both teams scored six in midweek and there was a remarkable 5-3 between the sides last season, that could point to overs here.
But it was Andre Villas-Boas in charge with Chelsea attempting to adjust to his ‘high block’ defence for that game and this team can be expected to defend deeper and with more resolve.
Both teams have goalless draws to their name already this season as well as eight clean sheets in 16 games.
As a result, the pick of the bets is to back under 2.5 goals at 10/11 (1.91) with William Hill.
In the goalscorer markets, the favourite Arsenal option is to back Lukas Podolski at 5/1 (6.00) to net first while Fernando Torres is at 13/2 (7.50).
But for the value in this one, William Hill are best price on most Chelsea victories and have a particularly chunky price of 18/1 (19.00) for a 2-0 away win that would hardly constitute a shock of those proportions.
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Arsenal 1 Chelsea 0
Bet365 = 15/2
Skybet = 7/1
William Hill = 15/2
In the last 33 Premier League games between Chelsea and Arsenal, the Blues’ record with Drogba playing is W7 D3 L1, while without him it is W0 D9 L13.
Only Vito Mannone (91%) has a better saves to shots ration this season than Petr Cech (88%).
The Gunners are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League games but have drawn six of those.
More Match Facts
Victory over Chelsea would hand Wenger his 350th Premier League win as Arsenal boss.
Compared to last season, Arsenal are 10 places higher, have five more points and a goal difference which is 15 better.
Theo Walcott has scored in two of his last three Premier League starts against Chelsea.
After winning nine and losing none of the first 12 Premier League home matches against Chelsea, Arsenal have won just two of the last eight home Premier League games against the Blues (W2 D3 L3).
The Gunners have scored just six goals in their last seven Premier League games at home to Chelsea.
Only Norwich City (one yellow) have picked up fewer cards than Arsenal in this season’s Premier League (two yellows, no reds).
Chelsea and Arsenal are the only teams in the Premier League yet to concede a second-half goal this season.
The Blues have kept four clean sheets in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.
Mikel Arteta has averaged 111 touches per game this season, more than any other player in the Premier League.
Stats from opta/Uk Eurosport