TUESDAY PREMIER LEAGUE: The Striker previews Tuesday’s game between ARSENAL v CHELSEA with FACTMAN stats and a recommended BETDAQ bet.
ARSENAL V CHELSEA
8pm We have more midweek Premier League action on BETDAQ Betting Exchange this week as Arsenal host Chelsea on Tuesday night. Usually this is always a cracking London Derby, but both sides come into this game in a bad place. Chelsea have been on a terrible run, and Frank Lampard shows no signs of turning things around. While it’s a bit harsh to say Arsenal are in a “bad place” because they would have been delighted with a season like this if they were offered it last summer; however they’ve lost the lead at the top of the Premier League table and it’s hard to see them winning the title now.
A win here would put Arsenal back on top for the time being, but it would leave Manchester City two points behind with two games in hand. It would take a brave punter to say Arsenal win the title from here! They should be able to claim three points here however, Chelsea have been woeful this season. After losing again Brentford they dropped down to 12th in the table – they were only ten points ahead of Leicester sitting in the relegation zone before Leicester played Everton on Monday night. One wonders if Thomas Tuchel would actually have them here if they let him continue – or even Graham Potter.
It’s an easy thing to do to be very harsh on Frank Lampard, but it was a bizarre decision at the time and he looks totally out of him depth, again in the Premier League to be honest. He will likely get another job because he is an English manager and they seem to get countless chances – however he really doesn’t have much going for him given his record as a manager. Arsenal come into the game trading as the odds on favourites at 1.68 with Chelsea trading 5.9 and the draw is 4.2.
Arsenal have really fluffed their lines in recent weeks. It’s clear that they have been feeling the pressure of the title race against West Ham and Southampton. They have been leaking sloppy goals, and then they were totally outclassed by Manchester City. I’d have to agree with Sky Sports when they said they haven’t seen such a big gap between first and second when the sides met at this stage of the season. Perhaps now that City have gone past Arsenal that will ease the pressure and their performance level can improve. To be honest I feel it’s a shrewd decision to stay away from the match odds market. It’s hard to trust Arsenal at 1.68 given their last four games, but you definitely don’t want to support Chelsea given the way they have been playing.
Frank Lampard is yet to record a win as Chelsea manager, and they have some easier opposition than Arsenal. Chelsea haven’t had a host of goals in their games recently, but Arsenal really have. Their last six games have had score lines of 4-1, 4-1, 2-2, 2-2, 3-3 and 4-1! They have been conceding a lot of sloppy goals, and Chelsea will get chances here. I feel this game screams goals, and Over 2.5 goals looks cracking value at 1.84. Both Teams To Score also offers value in my opinion at 1.87, but I’m happy with the Overs and at 1.84 it’s a confident bet. This should be an entertaining game.
The Striker Says:
Three points win Over 2.5 goals at 1.87 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
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FACTMAN MATCH STATS
● Arsenal have won four of their last five Premier League games against Chelsea (L1), as many as they had in their previous 23 against the Blues (D6 L13).
● Chelsea won this exact fixture 2-0 last season – only once in the Premier League have they won consecutive visits to Arsenal, doing so in May and November 2009.
● Arsenal are looking to win three consecutive Premier League games against Chelsea for the first time since February 2004. Indeed, they could achieve their second league double in three seasons against the Blues, having done so just once in the previous 20 campaigns beforehand (2003-04).
● Arsenal have never lost a midweek (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) Premier League game against Chelsea, winning four and drawing six. This is the first such meeting at the Emirates Stadium since a 2-2 draw in January 2018.
● Only Southampton have kept fewer home clean sheets than Arsenal (3) in the Premier League this season. However, the Gunners have only failed to score in one of their 16 at the Emirates so far this term (0-0 vs Newcastle in January).
● Chelsea have lost all five matches in all competitions since Frank Lampard’s return to the club, their worst losing run since a six-game run in October/November 1993. The Blues have lost 19 games in total this season, last losing 20 in a single campaign in 1987-88.
● Chelsea have lost 11 of their 26 Premier League matches since Thomas Tuchel departed (W7 D8), as many as they lost in their 63 games under the German between January 2021 and September 2022 (W35 D17 L11).
● Arsenal forward Leandro Trossard scored against Chelsea in Brighton’s 4-1 win in October this season. Only two players have ever scored against the Blues with two different clubs in the same Premier League campaign – Gary Speed in 1997-98 (Everton and Newcastle) and Dean Windass in 2000-01 (Bradford and Middlesbrough).
● Mikel Arteta’s first ever defeat as Arsenal manager was against Chelsea in his first home game in charge (second overall). Since then, he’s won five of his seven meetings with the Blues in all competitions (D1 L1), though three of those wins have been at Stamford Bridge.
● Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has been directly involved in 16 goals in his 16 Premier League home games this season (9 goals, 7 assists). He’s both scored and assisted a goal in three different games at the Emirates in the competition this season, with Alexis Sánchez the last Gunners player to do so more in a single campaign (4 in 2014-15).