Champions Chelsea have lost three of their opening five Premier League fixtures as their title defence endures a somewhat rocky start and already a whopping eleven points behind pacesetters Manchester City, Jose Mourinho’s men are now as high as 16/1 with Paddy Power to retain their crown.
Indeed, even at this early stage, the Blues’ showdown with Arsenal looks like a must-win game if they are to stay in touch with the leaders and William Hill think Chelsea are favourites at 7/5 to get their campaign back on track.
The Gunners head to Stamford Bridge priced at 2/1 by BetVictor to inflict more misery on Mourinho while Stan James rate the clash at 5/2 to finish all square, a result that would be better for the visitors than the hosts.
Arsene Wenger’s charges make the short journey to West London having won both of their away matches and as Chelsea appear far from reliable in any department at present, the Gunners will fancy themselves to emerge with a positive result.
Punters sharing that confidence however, should be wary of the wounded Blues, especially on their own patch so it might be worth hedging bets by backing the Gunners at 11/10 in bet365’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market. Utimately though, it’s the stalemate that stands out and in turn, a case can be made for Ladbrokes’s 3/1 about a score draw or a 1-1 scoreline at 13/2 via BetVictor.
Chelsea and Arsenal to draw 1-1 – 13/2 (BetVictor)