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 BetVictor’s slender, 7/5 favourites and the Blues, not entirely convincing themselves at present, are 9/4 via bet365 to emerge with the derby spoils. Stan James 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, Skybet), meaning that a case can be made for a score draw at 19/5 with Stan James and more accurately, it’s 14/1 at William Hill 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 7/1 (BetVictor) and 12/1 (Stan James) respectively for the opener.
Arsenal v Chelsea to be a score draw – 19/5 (Stan James)