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Arsenal v Chelsea betting tips: Contrasting starts for London rivals

| 21.08.2021

Arsenal v Chelsea preview and odds

Arsenal and Chelsea could not have had more different results on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.

The Gunners were humbled 2-0 at new boys Brentford while Chelsea coasted to a 3-0 victory at home to Crystal Palace.

Manager Thomas Tuchel has transformed the Blues into potential title challengers and, having won at the Emirates in pre-season, they are 4/5 for another away win in the Arsenal v Chelsea betting tips.

Match Odds

Arsenal have an impressive recent record against Chelsea, winning their last three competitive meetings, and are 18/5 to emerge victorious again with a draw 12/5.

They are low on confidence though following their loss to the Bees last Friday night. Goals from Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard showed Mikel Arteta is under huge pressure to turn around Arsenal’s fortunes, the complete opposite to Tuchel.

Having won the Champions League and Super Cup, the German has just splashed out £97.5million on Romelu Lukaku in an attempt to add the Premier League to his haul of trophies at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal may have been blanked at Brentford as Chelsea shut out Palace, but seven of their last nine meetings have seen both teams score and a repeat can be added to Arsenal v Chelsea betting tips at 10/11.

Seven of those nine ended with over 2.5 goals, with the same again on Sunday priced at 21/20, and Chelsea to win with both teams scoring is 3/1.

Talking Tactics

Arteta has a job on his hands picking the right team this week after their embarrassing display at Brentford, but should take comfort from his side beating Chelsea twice in the league last season and the FA Cup final the campaign before.

The Spaniard will hope to have more firepower available, having seen strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang miss out at Brentford through illness.

Defender Ben White could be dropped after a rocky debut following his £50million move from Brighton, while his England team-mate Bukayo Saka is likely to start.

Tuchel has to decide whether to start Lukaku following his big-money return from Inter Milan or keep a winning side, with Kai Havertz, Reece James and Ben Chilwell also waiting for opportunities.

Goalscorer Odds

Lukaku is 6/5 to mark his second Chelsea debut with a goal and is 3/1 to net the opener.

Chelsea to win and Lukaku to have two or more shots on target is a #GetAPrice special at 9/5.

Christian Pulisic, having netted against Palace last week and in the FA Cup final defeat last year, is an option for Arsenal v Chelsea betting tips at 23/10 to get on the scoresheet again.

Aubameyang’s brace won the trophy for Arsenal in that game at Wembley and he is 14/5 to return to the side with a goal.

Saka and Lacazette scored in this fixture last season and are 5/1 and 12/5 respectively to do so again.

Match Info

Where: Emirates Stadium

When: 16:30, Sunday 22nd August

How to watch: Sky Sports

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Andrew McDermott