First plays third in the Premier League this weekend as leaders Chelsea host London rivals Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. The Blues are a considerable distance clear at the summit and could well end the title race with a win over the Gunners.
Antonio Conte’s men lost to Arsenal in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, but the contrasting form of the two clubs ahead of their latest head-to-head should result in a ninth consecutive home win in the division, especially when considering Chelsea’s flawless form in their own backyard.
They could go 12 points clear with 14 games to play with a win on Saturday if other results go their way, but Arsenal know this is their only chance to keep the title race open so they won’t lie down.
Home side Chelsea are currently top of the Premier League table with 56 points from 23 games. Conte’s men have won four and drawn one of their last six, and have fared even better on home soil this season.
The Blues have picked up 30 points from a possible 33 at Stamford Bridge in the top flight, and have kept clean sheets in three of their previous four home outings.
Chelsea have an impressive record against Arsenal in recent seasons too, losing only once since 2011. They have beaten the Gunners in six of their last nine head-to-heads in the Premier League, and have won their previous four meetings at the Bridge.
As a result, Chelsea are 21/20 with William Hill to win against Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.
As for the visitors, Arsenal are third in the league with 47 points this season, having also won four and drawn one of their last half a dozen games. Arsene Wenger’s side do have an achilles heel, however, playing away from home – winning only one of their last four games on the road.
Arsenal have amassed a paltry eight points from a possible 18 on their travels in the Premier League and it could see them coming unstuck.
Matters aren’t helped with the Gunners suffering a recent defeat to Watford, coupled with a poor away defensive record – seven goals conceded in last four games – that could be exploited by a rampant Chelsea.
Arsenal are 31/10 with 888 Sport to win against Chelsea this weekend, but their form suggests they will come unstuck.
With four of Chelsea and Arsenal’s last five Premier League head-to-heads seeing less than three goals scored in total, Marathon Bet are giving odds of 26/25 for Total Goals Under 2.5.
Chelsea haven’t been shut out in this fixture at home for 12 years, and with Arsenal having kept only one clean sheet away from home in the Premier League since October, 188 Bet are giving odds of 3/4 for Chelsea to score first.
With so much at stake in the title race, it’s hard seeing the two sides leave themselves at risk of being opened up, but Chelsea have a formidable record at home to Arsenal and could edge this one by a single goal.