Arsenal’s hopes of victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this Saturday have been given a couple of big boosts this week.
The Blues needed extra-time against Everton on Wednesday to scrape a 2-1 win, giving Andre Villas-Boas men a day less to recover having played half-an-hour more football.
However, a bigger problem for Chelsea – who rested a host of their first-team players for the Everton game – comes with the absence of Didier Drogba who is missing through suspension after being sent off for a two-footed lunge on QPR’s Adel Taarabt on Sunday.
The Ivorian has an absolutely brilliant record against Arsenal and has hit 13 goals in 14 appearances against them since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2004.
It will still be a tough task for the Gunners though, with Fernando Torres set to return from his own three-game suspension for a two-footed tackle.
Torres has yet to play for the Blues against Arsenal but his record against Arsene Wenger’s side, while not as impressive as Drogba’s, should give the Gunners concern.
The Spaniard has hit three goals in six games against Arsenal for Liverpool and appeared to finally find his form in front of goal prior to his sending-off against Swansea City.
He’s bagged two goals in his previous two Premier League games – as well as a brace against Genk last week – and, with Arsenal having the worst away defence in the Premier League, backing Torres to find the net first at 4/1 could lead to a very decent pay out.
Chelsea are big 8/13 favourites against Arsenal, with the Gunners out at 5/1 to get their first away win of the Premier League season.