Arsenal v Chelsea Tips: Is Laca set to decide a goal-laden derby?

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Opposing sides in red and blue served up a colossal ding-dong in the House of Commons this week. Now it’s Arsenal and Chelsea’s turn to do the same across London this evening.

Victory for Maurizio Sauri’s men will put them in pole position in the race for fourth spot. Success for the Gunners will see them close the gap on the Blues to just three points.

Who’ll come out on top at the Emirates? We’ve given our thoughts on a Premier League classic.

Match Odds

Arsenal’s home record speaks for itself. Unai Emery’s men are have lost just three of their last 37 Premier League matches at the Emirates dating back to February 2017.

Manchester City and Man United are the only teams to have beaten them in that run. They’re 19/10 to take the spoils here, or 6/10 on the Double Chance.

Chelsea’s form has been mixed but the Blues have won three of their last four away matches in the top-flight. That’s why our traders have them down as 13/10 favourites.

We go 5/2 about a fifth draw in eight meetings between the pair, while it’s 8/15 about two leaky defences to be breached and Both Teams to Score.

Talking Tactics

Unai Emery has players returning to fitness but the back three should remain the same. Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac will stay at wing-back, although Lucas Torreira should return.

The Uruguayan terrier was sorely missed against West Ham United last week and will fancy his chances of winning the midfield battle up against the under-fire Jorginho.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are also expected to start. They pose a more significant threat than the Blues’ misfiring front line. Question marks remain over Mesut Ozil’s inclusion.

With Gonzalo Higuain still not through the door at the Bridge, Pedro, Eden Hazard and Willian are likely to get the nod from Sarri. The Blues haven’t scored more than twice in a match since late-November – that could be an issue against the goal-filled Gunners.

Goalscorer Odds

Arsenal may have better strength in-depth going forward, but Chelsea boast the match’s one world class player. Hazard is available at 11/8 Anytime and 9/2 to Score First.

For the hosts, each of Lacazette’s last four goals have come at the Emirates. He’s 9/5 Anytime. That leaves Aubameyang as the Gunners’ most likely scorer in the contest.

The Gabon international missed a glut of chances against the Blues in September and will be eager to exact revenge here. We go 11/8 about him netting and 9/2 for him to get 2 or More.

Elsewhere, Marcos Alonso has developed a keen habit of scoring against Arsenal. He’s 5/1 to find the target for the fourth time in five Premier League matches against Emery’s men.

Click here for the latest Arsenal v Chelsea odds

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the UEA where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper. He supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Darts and Horse Racing are among his other favourite sports.