EPL Betting Preview: Chelsea vs. Arsenal Takes Centre Stage
After a big 5-0 victory over Nottingham Forest last Sunday, Arsenal are back at the top of the Premier League table—but by just two points. They’ll look to solidify their position when they face their long-time rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as the headliners in our EPL betting preview. Chelsea are currently crossing their fingers for good news concerning Ben Chilwell’s hamstring injury sustained during their Wednesday Champions League victory over Dinamo Zagreb.
Other notable games for Matchday 15 include Spurs vs Liverpool. We’ll look ahead to these games in our EPL betting preview and provide the current gameline odds from our sportsbook to prepare you for what should be a riveting weekend of English Premier League betting action.
Arsenal vs Chelsea Odds
The biggest EPL game of the weekend will be the Arsenal-Chelsea match set for Sunday at 7 AM ET. Both teams are available at +165 on the odds board at press time, and the draw is available at +225. The total is 2.5 goals, with the over slightly favoured at -112. Chelsea has been trying to adjust to a more defensive approach under the guidance of new manager Graham Potter, who started strong with three wins, but has leveled out since then with two draws and a loss.
To help beef up your bet slip, a whole suite of game props are available, including the always popular Anytime Goal Scorer props. Test your instinct and see if you can predict who will score during the game; Chelsea forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the favourite at +190 and is coming off of a productive October that saw him score twice in the UEFA Champions League and once in the Premiere League.
Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus is second on the odds board at +215, and although he has cooled slightly since his hot start, he’s still managing to get to the right spots; he registered seven shots and two assists in Arsenal’s victory over Nottingham. Players from both sides will be keen to ramp up their form ahead of the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
The Arsenal-Chelsea rivalry is a fierce one that dates back to long before the Premier League started. We’re taking a look back at five of their most memorable London Derbies.
Arsenal 0-5 Chelsea – November 11, 1998
In the fourth round of the 1998 League Cup, Chelsea served Arsenal their biggest home defeat. Scoring started with Frank Leboeuf, who netted a penalty kick, and then continued on from there, with contributions from Gianluca Vialli and Gus Poyet—both of whom scored a brace.
Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal – October 23, 1999
Perhaps the very best comeback game between these London rivals was a Premier League match played at Stamford Bridge on October 23, 1999. Chelsea hadn’t conceded any goals there all season and looked strong that evening with an early 2-0 lead over Arsenal. But then Nwankwo Kanu turned the game around in the dying minutes and singlehandedly got Arsenal the win with a hat-trick.
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea – April 6, 2004
After Arsenal went undefeated in the EPL in the 2003-04 season, they took part in the UEFA Champions League where they met Chelsea in the quarter-finals. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Chelsea won the second 2-1 thanks to a late goal by Wayne Bridge, eliminating Arsenal from the competition and progressing to the semi-finals.
Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal – March 23, 2008
The rivalry between Chelsea and Arsenal was particularly sharp at this point in the season, as they were second and third in the standings, below Manchester United, and keen to make headway for a possible title shot. Arsenal drew first blood with Bacary Sagna scoring at the 59th minute, but then Didier Drogba scored a brace near the end of the match to secure the victory for Chelsea; it was one of three career braces scored by Drogba versus Arsenal in the Premier League.
Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal – March 22, 2014
On March 22, 2014, Chelsea beat Arsenal by the highest goal margin ever (6) between these clubs. In that game, Oscar, who donned the blue jersey from 2012 to 2017, scored a brace. It was the beginning of a dominant period for Chelsea, as they went on to win the title the following season.
Spurs vs Liverpool Odds
Also on Sunday, Spurs and Liverpool will face off at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Liverpool, who are currently ninth on the table, are +115 favourites to win, while Spurs are +225 and third in the table; the draw is available at +250 odds at press time. In any other week, a game of such quality would top our EPL betting preview, but the Chelsea vs Arsenal game just shades it.
Liverpool appear to be turning a corner after a string of injuries this season. The combination of Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez up front, with Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate in the back, will likely pose a problem for the Spurs, who are coming off of two straight come-from-behind victories against Marseille and AFC Bournemouth.
EPL Betting Preview Continued
All of the EPL games this weekend are open for betting at Bodog Sportsbook, including the Manchester City (-800) vs. Fulham (+1600) game and the Manchester United (+115) vs Aston Villa (+240) match. By selecting a gameline on the EPL betting page, all of the props connected to the game will appear on screen. Pick and choose the ones you’re interested in and they will be loaded onto your virtual bet slip.
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