Whenever these Premier League giants renew their inter-capital rivalry there’s usually a lot riding on the outcome, but in recent times there has seldom been a bigger billing for Arsenal’s visit to Chelsea.
If Chelsea win (as they usually do) Arsenal’s hopes of ending their wait for the title looks almost certain to roll into another year, but should they win, suddenly the Gunners will be just one point behind the leaders with a game in hand and dreaming once again.
To help you bet your way though this titanic, televised title-clash we’ve kindly opened up the archive to reveal some trends from Stamford Bridge tussles of the past.
Last season’s 2-1 win for the Blues followed a prevailing pattern of Chelsea finding the Arsenal net twice.
This has been the case in four of the last six Stamford Bridge renewals, while one of the other games in that run saw Chelsea rack up a third, despite losing a classic derby 5-3 in the end.
Both sets of fans can usually be seen wildly punching the air at least once when Chelsea host Arsenal, as both teams enjoy finding the net in this fixture.
The last two games at the Bridge were true to form, with five of the last seven backing up this particular theory as well.
If only Didier Drogba was still playing, then picking a scorer from either side would be child’s play given the Ivorian’s ridiculous scoring record against the Gunners.
Similarly, the injured Theo Walcott has become synonymous with a goal in this fixture, but if choosing a back-up to the pair, punters could do worse than Chelsea’s record scorer Frank Lampard.
Lamps has notched on Arsenal’s last two league visits.
In all of the last six renditions in west London the Blues have taken a lead into the dressing room at half-time.
This has even been the case in the two defeats they have suffered during that run, which brings into play the highly attractive price of 17/2 about the hosts leading after 45, but still losing.
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