Arsenal vs Chelsea
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 29 December 2019
Kick-off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).
Chelsea are slowly slipping into an inconsistent run, and if they do not put an end to it very soon, their place in the top-four could seriously come under threat. Meanwhile, the Gunners are trying to find footing under new gaffer Mikel Arteta. They do have the home advantage, but the fact that the new manager has not had time to settle in, might act against them this Sunday.
Arsenal vs Chelsea Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two met, the Blues won 4-1.
- 11 of the previous 16 wins went to Chelsea as well.
- Eight of the prior twelve fixtures had goals from both teams.
- Arsenal have scored two or more goals in the last six official meetings at home.
Arsenal vs Chelsea Match Preview
The last these two had clashed against each other was in the final of the previous edition of the Europa League. Then, helped by a brace from Eden Hazard, the Blues had cruised to triumph in the continental competition, yet again denying the Gunners a chance to lift a European trophy.
However, things have vastly changed ever since. Hazard left for Real Madrid, Christian Pulisic was brought in instead, club legend Frank Lampard took charge of the Chelsea dugouts, and they really impressed critics at the start of the season even in the face of a transfer ban.
Arsenal are going through a period of transition as well. Unai Emery was fired after a series of winless matches, Freddie Ljungberg was appointed as interim manager, and now former captain Mikel Arteta has been given the reigns.
As of now, both teams are struggling for points, and are desperate to prove doubters wrong. With both teams considered to be amongst the elite in England, a win would be a huge confidence-booster and relief for either squad this Sunday.
Arsenal vs Chelsea Prediction
Arsenal were on the road the last match-day, and had taken on Bournemouth. However, despite the hosts being out-of-form, the Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw, and were denied a winning start for Arteta at the helm.
In the meantime, at the Stamford Bridge, Chelsea were defeated by Southampton, and that too with a clean sheet as well. Mounting pressure on Lampard, the Blues succumbed to a 0-2 scoreline.
This Sunday, the visitors Chelsea slightly come out on top as favorites. The main reason would be that their manager has had sufficient time to get in touch with his players, and even were on an impressive run some match-days prior.
On the other hand, Arteta still might not have even learned the full names of all his players.
Going on, Chelsea had defeated this Gunners side in their latest h2h encounter, which incidentally was in the Europa League Final, that too with a 4-1 scoreline.
Moreover, Arsenal have a single win to show for from their previous fourteen match-days, and are on winless run at home in the last six attempts.
Meanwhile, despite their poor run as of now, the Blues still have recorded wins in three of their previous six games, and defeated Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham 0-2 in their most recent road trip.
In addition, Chelsea have been the dominant team in h2h clashes for quite some time. In fact, 11 of the last 16 h2h victories went to the Blues, and they were the champions of the league two seasons prior.
On that same note, take into account that Arsenal last experienced triumph in the league the previous decade.
Considering all these observations, rightfully count on Lampard’s Chelsea to try their best on the pitch to get back to winning ways. They might not succeed in delivering the win, but they a very low probability of losing this Sunday.
However, do understand that the Gunners have home advantage. They are also under a new manager, and will be tired of the dismal run they have been going through for quite some time.
Moreover, they have scored two or more goals in the previous six official h2h games at home, and they have found the back of the net at home in 20 of their last 21 fixtures in 2019.
In fact, only against defending champions Manchester City have Arsenal failed to slot in a goal this whole season. On top of that, the Blues had failed to keep a clean sheet in 12 of their prior 14 overall games as well.
Combining all these together, the BTTS easily emerges as another top pick this Sunday in the PL.
Arsenal vs Chelsea Betting Tips
- Both Teams to Score @ 1.50 (1/2)
- Double Chance: Chelsea or Draw @ 1.40 (2/5).