- The Blues welcome a struggling Arsenal side to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday
- Chelsea defeated the Gunners 2-1 in late December at the Emirates
- Get the odds, pick, and betting preview below
Among numerous matchups on Tuesday, a big-time clash between Chelsea and Arsenal will take place at Stamford Bridge (kick-off 3:15 pm EST) with both teams looking to improve on their recent run of disappointing form.
Frank Lampard’s side suffered a shocking defeat to Newcastle over the weekend, conceding a late winner in injury time at St. James Park, while Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal tied Sheffield United 1-1. Although the Blues aren’t playing great football right now, they still sit in fourth spot comfortably, while the Gunners are ten points behind Chelsea in 10th place.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Odds
|Chelsea||-0.5, -1 (-106)||-128||Ov 3 (+102)|
|Arsenal||+0.5, 1 (-114)||+330||Un 3 (-122)|
Odds taken Jan 20
Chelsea enters this clash as clear favorites at -128, looking to get back in the win column after securing the full three points in just two of their last five matches.
Blues Looking to Get Back to Winning Ways
The Blues have definitely had their ups and downs this year, but despite this, Lampard’s side are still in the top four. They have suffered defeats to numerous bottom of the table teams, such as Bournemouth, West Ham, and Newcastle. Chelsea lacks consistency in the final third, even with Tammy Abraham scoring an impressive 13 goals this term. Their backline has also looked shaky at times, which has led to some of these disappointing defeats to sides who they shouldn’t be losing to.
But in the end, they’re still in fourth place and have the opportunity to still finish towards the top of the table this year. This match against Arsenal, who are still going through a revamp with new boss Mikel Arteta, will be the perfect chance to get a crucial win at home. The Blues face a difficult run of matches ahead of them in the Premier League with the Gunners, Leicester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham ahead on the schedule, so they will need to put their best foot forward in order to get some positive results.
Arsenal Slowly Improving
The energy around North London has definitely changed for the better since former player Mikel Arteta has taken over, but it’s still taking some time for Arsenal to climb up the Premier League table. They have lost just once in six matches under the Spaniard, with the only defeat coming against Chelsea on December 29th, while tying three times and winning twice. He’s brought a positive attitude to the Emirates and it’s very evident that the players are a lot happier playing under Arteta.
They’re playing a possession-based football which is a lot more entertaining to watch, they just need to be more clinical in the final third. There’s no doubt that things are slowly getting better at the Emirates, but it’s a marathon, not a sprint. A win against a Premier League rival like Chelsea on Tuesday would definitely be a step in the right direction for the new Arsenal boss as they look to surge into the top ten of the Premier League.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Stats
|12-3-8 (4th in PL)||Standing||6-11-6 (10th in PL)|
|2-1-2||Record in Last Five Matches||1-3-1|
Draw is Best Bet
Given both sides recent form and their lack of scoring, I believe this match will be a draw at Stamford Bridge. There’s no doubt that Chelsea and Arsenal each have numerous attacking threats in their squads, but no one has looked nearly consistent enough this term. Arsenal has done a good job securing a point at the very least on 11 different occasions this season, while Chelsea has tied just three times. But I expect this match to be quite even, with both teams scoring once.
Pick: Draw 1-1