Matched by Everton before suffering defeats at both Napoli and Manchester City, Arsenal are perhaps starting to hit something of a sticky patch so they’ll be keen to return to winning ways on Monday in the crucial encounter at home to Chelsea and ensure they celebrate Christmas as Premier League leaders.
Aided by home advantage, the Gunners are Stan James’s slender, 11/8 favourites and the Blues, not entirely convincing themselves at present, are 21/10 via BetVictor to emerge with the derby spoils. William Hill meanwhile, chalk 12/5 against the stalemate and as both teams will potentially be happy to simply avoid defeat at this stage, an inconclusive affair is perhaps the most likely outcome.
It’s likely that both teams will find the net (8/13, bet365), meaning that a case can be made for a score draw at 16/5 with Paddy Power and more accurately, it’s 14/1 at BetVictor for the clash to finish two-apiece.
In the league this term, Arsene Wenger’s men have opened the scoring in an impressive 13 of their 16 games and betway rate the Gunners at 17/20 to break the deadlock again in this one. Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey are the two players most likely to oblige in that department; they’re 11/2 (Ladbrokes) and 12/1 (Paddy Power) respectively for the opener.
Having hammered Arsenal 6-3 at the weekend, Manchester City are BetVictor’s 5/4 title jollies and the same firm quote them at 2/5 to strengthen their claims by collecting three points at struggling Fulham, where it’s 15/8 (William Hill) for City to prevail but also concede. Manchester United are also strongly fancied, this time at 1/3 with bet365, as they entertain West Ham but unlike their neighbours, they should win ‘to nil’ at Old Trafford (5/4, betway). The champions double up with City at a safe-looking 5/6 courtesy of BetVictor.
Tottenham’s 5-0 mauling against Liverpool cost Andre Villas-Boas his job but Spurs might find that a managerial change doesn’t cure their ills immediately and Southampton look overpriced by William Hill at 17/10 to see off the North London outfit.
There could also be home victories for Sunderland and West Brom, who are 11/10 and 10/11 respectively at Ladbrokes to overcome Norwich and Hull while Stan James rate Crystal Palace at 23/10 to snare a point against Newcastle. In-form Everton meanwhile, have only lost once but at 12/5 with BetVictor, they may have to settle for a share of the spoils and finally, Skybet quote a stalemate at 23/10 as Stoke host Aston Villa.
Arsenal v Chelsea score draw – 16/5 (Paddy Power)
Treble on Man City, Man Utd & West Brom – 5/2 (BetVictor)
Draw double in games at Swansea and Stoke – 10/1 (bet365)
Double on Southampton and Sunderland – 9/2 (Stan James)