Arsenal host Chelsea in an early Premier League London derby on Sunday. The pressure is on the Gunners after losing their opening game to newly-promoted Brentford. Mikel Arteta’s side faced controversy left and right, and even with the arrival of Ben White, the team failed to get back on its feet right away. If they can pick themselves up quickly following the 2-0 defeat, they might stand a chance against their rivals this Sunday.
Meanwhile, Chelsea kicked off their season on a high with a commanding 3-0 win against Crystal Palace. After a fourth-place finish in the league to qualify for the upcoming UEFA Champions League, Tomas Tuchel looks on pace to bring the team to a top-4 finish, or even contend for the title this year.
That being said, NitroBetting brings you a look at the Chelsea vs. Arsenal derby in this preview. Lock in on the best picks with the help of timely betting trends, the latest Soccer odds, and our expert betting predictions. Down below, you can also find essential game information such as match schedule, where to watch, and an overview of both teams. Be sure to check out for this and more sports betting odds and lines at our online Bitcoin sportsbook!
Chelsea vs. Arsenal 2021 EPL Game Info
- When: Sunday, August 22, 2021, 11:30 AM ET
- Where: Emirates Stadium, Holloway, England
- TV: NBCSN
- Radio: BBC Radio 5 Live
- Live Stream: NBCSports.com
- 2020 Euro Odds: Chelsea (-137) / Arsenal (+379) / Draw (+257)
Why is Chelsea a safe bet to win?
Thomas Tuchel brought Chelsea back to its glory days since his introduction to the team, winning the Champions League and Super Cup in his first year. The team enters the game as favorites to win, who are coming off an upset against Brentford last Friday. In contrast, Chelsea looks good since rolling over Crystal Palace in their first fixture of the season, giving the team more confidence as they face the Emirates crowd.
Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic, and Trevor Chalobah are the first three to score for the team, and we expect them to play pivotal roles against Arsenal. Chelsea dominated their opponents, controlling the possession at 62% while recording 13 shots, and six shots on target.
Moreover, everyone is eager to see Romelu Lukaku’s return as his presence puts Chelsea among the list of favorites to win the title. After two successful seasons at Inter Milan, the 28-year-old Belgian is ready for some Premier League action since his departure from Manchester United. He will provide much-needed attacking prowess as Timo Werner and Kai Havertz face consistency issues.
- Edouard Mendy
- Antonio Rudiger
- Andreas Christensen
- Trevor Chalobah
- Marcos Alonso
- Mason Mount
- Christian Pulisic
- Mason Mount
- Kai Havertz
- Romelu Lukaku
Why is Tottenham a safe bet to win?
Despite dominating possession at 65% and putting down 22 shots with 4 shots on target, Arsenal struggled to find the back of the net against Brentford. This only means that major changes have to be made, and it has to happen fast. There’s still some time in the transfer window, and there’s enough reason to add extra firepower to the lineup.
For now, they have to rely on Granit Xhaka to do well on Sunday. He has to deal with the likes of Havertz, Werner, Mason Mount, and Lukaku. But if the Swiss national can get some traction, he can play an instrumental role in helping the forwards get some shots on goal.
Interestingly, Arsenal features a solid record against Chelsea. They haven’t lost to their rivals in their last 4 games, with three back-to-back wins against the Blues. If they can recover from their erratic form, the game might be closer than we thought. The duo of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will remain Arteta’s talisman coming into the clash. Both strikers missed out in Matchday 1 of the league, and it would be good to see Arsenal in full force as they take on their rivals.
- Bern Leno
- Kieran Tierney
- Ben White
- Pablo Mari
- Calum Chambers
- Granit Xhaka
- Albert Sambi Lokonga
- Emile Smith Rowe
- Bukayo Saka
- Nicolas Pépé
- Folarin Balogun
Chelsea vs. Arsenal 2021 EPL Betting Trends
- Chelsea is 4-1-0 in their last 5 games.
- Chelsea scored 2 goals or more in 4 of their last 5 games.
- Chelsea conceded 1 goal or less in 4 of their last 5 games.
- Arsenal is 0-1-4 in their last 5 games.
- Arsenal scored 1 goal or more in 3 of their last 5 games.
- Arsenal conceded at least 1 goal in 5 of their last 5 games.
Chelsea vs. Arsenal Betting Prediction
Chelsea looks like the stronger side of the two. Since earning a top-four finish in the league last season and finding stability with Thomas Tuchel, we anticipate another stellar season for the team. Lukaku is a major threat coming into the game, and Arsenal’s defense will have to contain him if they want to stay in the game.
Over on the Gunners’ side, we have yet to see how the Auba-Laca duo performs in their first showing of the season. There’s no doubt that the duo can do some damage upfront, but without the support of the midfield, they are stagnant. Arsenal stands a good chance of covering the spread while maintaining their winning chances.
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