When Chelsea entertained Arsenal at Stamford Bridge last season, they mauled the Gunners 6-0 and such has been the strength of the Blues’ start to the current campaign that if they were to repeat the feat this weekend, an outcome Paddy Power price at 200/1, their title odds would be so skinny as to be scarcely worth backing.
Fortunately, for Arsene Wenger’s troops that kind of scoreline is unlikely in this derby renewal but the hosts nevertheless look set to pouch the three points and bookies agree, Ladbrokes installing them as odds-on favourites at 7/10 and BetVictor rating the visitors at 9/2.
Jose Mourinho’s charges have won all but one of their fixtures so far and they’re 11/4 at Skybet to account for Arsenal’s unbeaten record by a one-goal margin. More accurately, bet365 go 8/1 about a 2-1 Blues triumph and William Hill quote the home side at 6/4 to be in possession of a lead at the end of each half.
However, the wisest move in West London could be to focus on Chelsea front Diego Costa. The Spaniard has notched in five of Chelsea’s half-dozen top-flight outings, racking up eight goals in total and he’s hard to resist at 10/3 (Winner.com) to break the deadlock against the Gunners. The in-form Blues front man is also 4/5 at BetVictor to find the net at any stage.
Diego Costa to score first – 10/3 (Winner.com)