So, with only four games in the Manchester teams are dominating the top of the table, and whether this stays the same come the end of the season, will remain to be seen. If not, you can guarantee the Portuguese windbag will be blaming Cassini burning up in Saturn as part of the reason.
Liam Gallagher’s City struts their stuff down south at Watford, who have had an excellent start to the season. With Kompany still unfit, Watford will feel they have a chance to take City by the scruff of the neck. Yet, how do you cope with a side that put five past fellow (ahem) title contenders Liverpool?
Wayne Rooney returns to his old hunting ground and will get a rousing reception, and a few cans chucked onto the pitch, no doubt. Let’s hope he doesn’t drown his sorrows after this one and drive home.
Chelsea vs. Arsenal
These two London rivals have met 50 times in the EPL, with Arsenal winning 19 compared to Chelsea’s 17. This fixture last year saw Chelsea run away 3-1 winners with Alonso, Hazard and Fabregas scoring for the Blues. Giroud got the Gunners consolation goal in injury time. Arsenal had beaten Chelsea 3-0 at the Emirates back in September.
Chelsea pulled off their traditional rope-a-dope trick to their title rivals by losing to Burnley 2-3 at Stamford Bridge. Now they have won four in a row, beating Spurs, Everton, and Leicester in the league.
Those poor old Gooners are still unsure whether they should grab their ‘Wenger Out!’ banners out of the cupboard under the stairs and give them a quick iron. Expect to see a few of these unfurled around half-time in this game. They’ve had the typical North London wobble, losing 1-0 to Stoke and then they were caught with their pants down at Anfield getting a proper four-nil caning by a rampant Liverpool (who then received their own 5-0 thrashing at City!) It’s a funny old game.
Seems that Danny Drinkwater still has a calf injury and may miss the game, while Gary Cahill is back from suspension and should get a run. Apart from late fitness tests to Mezut Ozil and Aaron Ramsay, the Gunners have a fully fit squad. Question is: Are they good enough?
If you look at their away form at Stamford Bridge, it’s a big fat NO. They’ve lost their last five matches at Chelsea.
Another record they probably don’t want up in Finsbury Park is the longest run of away matches without a clean sheet against a single opponent. A Chelsea goal will see them equal that club record from 1999 – 2012 with 13 matches against Liverpool.
Our first bet will be Eden Hazard to score and Chelsea to win @ $3.50 with Ladbrokes. Hazard has scored in three of his last four games at home to Arsenal. That will continue.
“I’m confident that away from home we will get the points we want, but certainly mentally for our team, it is important to play well and get a positive result” – Wenger
You see, the thing with Arsenal is that there always seems to be some disaster around the corner, and Chelsea is probably it.
Gone are the days when the North Bank used to sing ‘One-nil to the Ar-se-nal’ when they would grind out a result and their invincibles would go a whole season without losing an away game. Wenger was the boss back then in 2003-4, adored by every single Gooner on the planet.
Ian Wright wasn’t part of that squad, yet he still is loved by the Arsenal fans, and he loves the club. After the 4-0 mauling Wrighty said it was time for Wenger to quit.
“Do I think he should go? I’d like him to go because I do not believe he can motivate the players. It’s for himself and for his own sanity” – Arsenal legend Ian Wright
It’s the question that has split a club, with every fan having their own opinion. Should he go? Well, we are not too sure he will be back to Stamford Bridge for the 2018-19 season.
Chelsea to win 2-0 @ $9.50 with Sportsbet