It’s likely that Liverpool will have leapfrogged Arsenal at the top of the table by the time this match is played on Monday night, while Manchester City are also breathing down the necks of Arsene Wenger’s team and the stakes couldn’t be higher for this London derby.
Arsenal are slight favourites at 7/5 with Paddy Power free bet to claim three points in this match which would be significant for several reasons. Firstly, it would ensure that Wenger’s men are top at Christmas, while it would also move them five points clear of a Chelsea team who were knocked out of the Capital One Cup during the week.
Jose Mourinho saw his team eliminated by Sunderland in extra-time and will rue the fact that his side played 120 minutes of football on Tuesday night, although he has also seen a Blues second string team win at the Emirates earlier this season and will be confident of repeating the same feat on Monday.
While Chelsea aren’t having a so-called vintage season, the fact that they sit two points behind their opponents reinforces the theory that Mourinho is a “results manager” who makes sure that his players get over the line more often than not.
Victory at the Emirates would seriously question whether Arsenal have the staying power to challenge for the Premier League title and BetVictor go out on a limb with their 11/5 quote about an away win in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
The main problem for Chelsea is that keeping Premier League clean sheets has been rarer than hen’s teeth recently, with Southampton, Sunderland, Stoke and Crystal Palace all finding the net against the west London side.
Therefore, any kind of away win is likely to involve both teams scoring and odds of 13/20 about this happening suggests we could enjoy an entertaining game full of goals.
Eden Hazard will return to the starting line-up and Oscar is also likely to be included in the first XI, while John Terry will surely replace David Luiz at the back for a game of massive importance.
Hazard has been excellent in recent weeks and the Belgian is a 10/1 chance to break the deadlock although a midfielder who has been even more prolific this season is Aaron Ramsey and the Arsenal player is a 12/1 poke to break the deadlock.
Olivier Giroud is certain to lead the line for the home side although Wenger might consider pushing Theo Walcott into an advanced position for this game and the England winger was excellent when scoring twice against Manchester City recently.
He’s an 8/1 chance to break the deadlock in this game, while a 3-1 win for Arsenal can be backed with a degree of confidence at 20/1, with the Gunners having already beaten Tottenham and Liverpool at the Emirates this term.
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