The capital is set for a new year ding dong when two of London’s heavyweights, Arsenal and Chelsea, meet for a post-Christmas cracker on Wednesday.
Arsenal have been involved in some top matches against the so-called Big Six at the Emirates this season with a 3-1 loss against Man United, and the scintillating 3-3 draw against Liverpool days before Crimbo.
Antonio Conte will take his Chelsea troops into battle against a depleted Gunners side as the Blues look to kick 2018 off in style.
The Gunners are suffering somewhat of an injury crisis with Nacho Monreal, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud all out.
Arsene Wenger has admitted there is a small chance Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny could feature but they are likely to miss out, and Mesut Ozil is having tests to see if he’ll be fit enough to take part.
For Chelsea, Andreas Christensen is likely to return to the starting line-up, but fellow defender David Luiz may miss out with a knee injury, but he is nearing full fitness.
Baba Rahman still has a long-term knee problem.
One market which looks nailed on for this game is both teams to score but the bookies are of course all over it with odds-on prices.
With the Gunners’ injury problems and the uncertainty surrounding Ozil and Alexis Sanchez‘s future, I’m siding with the Blues for this one.
I like Chelsea Draw No Bet at Evens, and if they are going to be victorious then Eden Hazard will need to have a good game so I fancy him at 11/2 each-way to score first with unlimited places.
Another player who needs to perform if Chelsea are to succeed is N’Golo Kante.
With Danny Drinkwater back alongside him in midfield like their Leicester glory days, Kante can dominate on Wednesday night and grab the Man of the Match award at a huge 12/1.
Arsenal v Chelsea Betting Tips
Chelsea Draw No Bet – Evens (Betfair – bet HERE)
Eden Hazard FGS each-way – 11/2 (Bet365 – bet HERE)
N’Golo Kante MOTM – 12/1 (Betfair – bet HERE)
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