Chelsea’s deadlock-breaking habit worth backing again at Arsenal

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When Chelsea hold the 2014/15 Premier League trophy aloft, their gleeful fans will be able to point at many factors which contributed to their team’s success.

The wizardry of Eden Hazard, the collective solidity of Chelsea’s defence and the beautifully-balanced midfield axis of Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas would all be high on the list.

Not to mention the goal-scoring prowess of Diego Costa, when fit, during a memorable debut season in English football.

But, from a more statistical perspective it may have slipped under many people’s radar just how few times Jose Mourinho’s charges have fallen behind in games.

In fact the Blues’ record is impeccable where taking the initiative in matches is concerned.

What proved to be the winner against Manchester United last week, was the 20th consecutive time in all competitions that Chelsea have gone in front.

Considering the infrequency of come-from-behind wins in football matches, it’s no shock to see Chelsea right at the top of the standings.

Chelsea grabbing the opener against Arsenal in Sunday afternoon’s top-flight blockbuster therefore looks a cracking bet at 23/20 with Ladbrokes.

Although Arsenal’s form is unrivalled in the Premier League going into the fixture, as the Gunners seek out a ninth successive win, it’s no secret that the boys in blue hold the hoodoo over them.

The team in second have only beaten Chelsea twice in 12 meetings, while Arsene Wenger is yet to oversee a win against a Mourinho-managed team in the same amount of attempts.

No player is better set than Hazard at 7/1 to pop the scoring lid either, with three Chelsea penalties coming in the last six clashes against Arsenal.

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Christian Crowther

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