Arsenal vs Chelsea betting tips, odds and predictions for Saturday's London derby in the Premier League. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is feeling the heat and will be desperate for a win this weekend. The Gunners are rooted in the bottom half of the table and have been less than impressive this season. Chelsea will be confident of extending their hosts 7-game winless run on Boxing Day but need to improve on the road after suffering defeats away at Wolves and Everton in December.
Top Free Tips for Arsenal vs Chelsea
Here are our top three picks for bets on the Arsenal vs Chelsea game this weekend. The hosts are in poor form and Chelsea would appear to have too much firepower for the Gunner's weak defence to handle. Clean sheets have been hard for Chelsea to come by in December and Arsenal have only failed to score in two of their last six matches, so both teams are likely to score on Saturday. Goals are almost guaranteed when Arsenal and Chelsea lock horns and the way both teams are playing right now suggests that we will be treated to at least three goals in this game.
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Chelsea Set to Add to Arsenal's Woes
Arsenal had plenty of possession at Goodison Park last time out but they didn't do much with it. Everton took the lead through an own goal from Holding in the 22nd-minute, but Tom Davies gave away a penalty in the 35th-minute which Pepe neatly despatched. However, Arsenal slipped behind on the stroke of half-time to a simple near post corner routine which Mina finished off with a bullet header. The Gunners came out with a purpose in the second half but rarely threatened Pickford in the Everton goal and the home side claimed a deserved 3pts.
Lampard was looking for a response from his players following defeats away at Everton and Wolves, and he got it at home to his former club West Ham. Veteran defender Thiago Silva put Chelsea in front in the 10th minute, his second league goal for the club. Late in the second forty-five Chelsea's number 9 scored a decisive goal with 78-minutes on the clock and confirmed all 3pts with another goal just two minutes later. Chelsea claimed a 3-0 win against a West Ham side that have impressed this season under David Moyes.
Arsenal have lost three, won two and drawn one of their last six matches in all competitions, but are without a win in their last seven Premier League games. The Gunners have been defeated by Everton, Burnley and Tottenham in recent weeks and look devoid of all confidence, especially in defence.
Chelsea head into this one as the form favourites despite losing two of their last three in the league. Frank Lampard's men have won three, drawn one and lost two of their last six fixtures in league and cup, but will be buoyed by that 3-0 home win over the Hammers on Monday night.
Head to Head Record
Of their last 181 meetings in all competitions, Arsenal edge the head-to-head record against Chelsea with 69 wins, 52 draws and 60 defeats. However, in recent encounters between the two clubs Chelsea have just about outperformed their London rivals, winning three, drawing one and losing two of the duo's last six matches in league and cup.
The hosts will be without the suspended Granit Xhaka and Gabriel on Boxing Day, two key players in Arsenal's defensive play. Combative midfielder Thomas Partey will also miss out through injury and there are also doubts over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who will face a late fitness test.
The visitors have injury concerns over full-backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James, while Hakim Ziyech isn't far away from returning to action following a thigh injury and could even make the squad for the trip to the Emerites.
Arsenal vs Chelsea Best Three Predictions
We're bringing you our top free tips for the Boxing Day Premier League match between two of London's most successful clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea. Our predictions are always made with the intention to win and contain no bias. Our experienced tipster researches all predictions thoroughly and ensures they are accompanied by the best odds available at the time of publication.
- Total Goals Under/Over: Over 2.5 Goals @ 17/20 with betfair
- Both Teams to Score: BTTS – Yes @ 3/4 with bet365
- Full-Time Result: Chelsea to Win @ 10/11 with bet365
Total Goals Under/Over: Over 2.5 Goals
When these two teams clash the goals often flow and we're expecting more of the same on Boxing Day. Over 2.5 goals have been scored in five of the last six meetings between Arsenal and Chelsea, including their last head-to-head in August's FA Cup Final. At least three goals have also been scored in three of Arsenal's last six matches in all competitions, as well as in four of Chelsea's last six outings.
Both Teams to Score: BTTS – Yes
Clean sheets come at a premium when these two clubs go head to head, as both teams have scored in five of the duo's last six encounters in league and cup. Both teams have also scored in four of Arsenal's last six fixtures and the hosts are without a clean sheet during that period. Three of Chelsea's last five matches have ended with both teams getting on the scoreboard, and don't see either club keeping a clean sheet on Saturday.
Full-Time Result: Chelsea to Win
Chelsea have won three of their last six matches against Arsenal, including two of their last three encounters in the Premier League. The visitors sit 11pts and 10 positions ahead of Arsenal in the league table and have outplayed them so far this season. Arsenal have lost three of their last six matches in all competitions and haven't won any of their last seven Premier League games. Chelsea head into this Boxing Day clash as the form favourites with three wins, one draw and two defeats from their last six matches in league and cup.