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Arsenal v Chelsea betting tips: Gunners out to spoil Lukaku return

| 18.08.2021

Preview and odds for Sunday’s Premier League clash

There is a huge London derby in the Premier League on Sunday and we have examined the odds for some Arsenal v Chelsea betting tips.

Arsenal were caught cold in a 2-0 defeat by promoted Brentford last Friday while Chelsea cruised to a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge

Sunday’s match, which takes place at the Emirates Stadium, kicks off at 4.30pm BST and is live on Sky Sports.

Arsenal v Chelsea match odds

The Gunners missed out on European football this season despite winning five of their last six Premier League games last term, finishing a disappointing eighth.

Mikel Arteta (pictured below) has bolstered his squad by signing Portuguese full-back Nuno Tavares and Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, with the club splashing out £22million for the duo.

Yet the Arsenal boss is already feeling the heat after a woeful defeat at Brentford.

Arsenal won both Premier League meetings with Chelsea last season and are 18/5 to beat them at the Emirates on Sunday in the Arsenal v Chelsea betting tips.

Chelsea, who feature in our Premier League winner odds, produced a dominant display against Palace last week and are 5/6 to defeat the Gunners for the first time since 2019.

The Blues have only won three of their last 14 games against Arsenal in all competitions (D5 L6), losing each of their last three, including the 2020 FA Cup final.

But Chelsea can call upon a familiar face in new £97.5million signing Romelu Lukaku, who returns for a second spell at Stamford Bridge and is in line for his debut following his transfer from Inter Milan.

Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager, Arsenal v Chelsea betting tips

Arsenal v Chelsea head-to-head

Arsenal have won 80 of the 203 meetings with Chelsea since 1907. The Blues have won 65 meetings while 58 have been drawn. The draw is on offer at 13/5 this time.

Chelsea have triumphed in just three of the last 14 meetings (D4 L7) and Arsenal are Evens to either win or draw the game on the Double Chance market.

Thomas Tuchel’s side will hope Arsenal revert to type as the Gunners haven’t beaten Chelsea in any of their last 10 Premier League meetings on a Sunday (D2 L8) since winning 2-1 in November 2008 at Stamford Bridge.

They are unbeaten in their last eight Sunday games overall, however, (W6 D2), and Arsenal are 9/4 to win on the Draw No Bet market.

Eight of the last 11 meetings saw both sides score and it is 20/23 this is the case again.

Arsenal v Chelsea team news

Arsenal could welcome back captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Aubameyang missed the loss at Brentford after returning a positive Covid-19 test, as did fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette, goalkeeper Alex Runarsson and winger Willian.

Willian could also return while Lacazette and Runarsson are still missing, as are defender Gabriel Magalhaes (knee), striker Eddie Nketiah and midfielder Thomas Partey (both ankle) while new signing Martin Odegaard is not available as he awaits a visa.

Christian Pulisic will miss out for Chelsea after testing positive for Covid-19. The USA forward is fully vaccinated and has not experienced any symptoms but is in self-isolation.

Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (shoulder) and N’Golo Kante (ankle) could return while Lukaku may make his second Chelsea debut.

Arsenal v Chelsea key battles

Though Arsenal have lost five of their last 10 opening-day games at the Emirates, Arteta will be satisfied with the amount of chances they created against Brentford.

It is clear they have some defensive issues to sort out but the Gunners still looked a threat going forward and Chelsea will have to find a way of countering the threat posed by the hosts.

Arsenal had more attempts on goal than any other top-flight side (22) last week and they are 13/2 to win to nil on Sunday.

Pepe is proving to be one of Arsenal’s biggest threats and he is 29/20 to have three or more shots against Chelsea.

The Gunners have managed to score at least once in each of their last 10 home games with Chelsea and it is 8/15 they do so once more in the Arsenal v Chelsea betting tips.

View the latest Arsenal v Chelsea odds

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.