December 31, 2021 | News | No Comments
class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>With the Gunners in prolific form but leaking goals at the back, Goal expects another high-scoring friendly with Thomas Tuchel's men
Arsenal and Chelsea will continue their preparations for the Premier League season when they go head-to-head at Emirates Stadium in Sunday’s Mind Series clash.
The Gunners lost 2-1 to Hibs and drew 2-2 with Rangers in their first two friendly matches of the summer, although they have since beaten both Millwall and Watford 4-1 in behind-closed-doors games.
Arsenal vs Chelsea latest odds
Having come out on top in each of their last three matches against this opposition, they are available at 8/5 (2.60) to record a morale-boosting win here.
Thomas Tuchel’s men have thrashed Peterborough 6-1 in a behind-closed-doors match before beating Bournemouth 2-1 in their first official pre-season friendly clash and are priced at 11/8 (2.38) to come out on top against their London rivals.
Just one of the last eight encounters between this pair has resulted in a draw, but you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on them cancelling each other out in this one.
Arsenal vs Chelsea team news
Ben White will be hoping for a runout after joining from Brighton on Friday, while fellow new signings Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga will also be looking to impress.
N’Golo Kante and Kai Havertz could get their first minutes of pre-season after returning to training this week, with free transfer Marcus Bettinelli in line for a debut in goal.
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Arsenal vs Chelsea preview
Considering his side has failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their four pre-season matches so far this summer, it is perhaps no surprise that Mikel Arteta has chosen to splash out on bringing in White from Brighton in an effort to shore up the defence.
Nevertheless, he will have been delighted by the early form of his attacking players, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe all getting on the scoresheet alongside exciting young talent such as Eddie Nketiah and Miguel Azeez.
They will be confident of causing plenty of problems for a Blues side that is missing key defensive players and has less match practice under its belt this summer.
Arsenal vs Chelsea predictions
All in all, odds of 20/21 (1.95) seem generous on both teams getting on target and over 2.5 goals being scored for Arsenal’sifth and Chelsea’s third successive pre-season game.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.