There might be a bookmaker overreaction to Arsenal’s recent string of good results allied to Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at QPR on Sunday.
The Blues should probably be 2/5 to win this match considering they have a 100% record at Stamford Bridge and the Gunners have managed just one point from four away matches. However, Coral (£30 free bets) offer 4/6 about Andre Villas-Boas’ side and that might not be a price that remains until kick-off.
After all, Frank Lampard, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge will all come into the team after sitting out the midweek win at Everton, with Torres likely to be very fresh considering he has just served a three-game ban after that sending off against Swansea.
Torres has taken a while to click at Stamford Bridge, although the Spaniard recently bagged a brace against Genk in the Champions League and you feel as though he will be regularly among the goals in the coming weeks.
Chelsea will want to get off to a fast start as they look to close the gap on the two Manchester clubs at the top of the Premier League and Ladbrokes (£50 free bets) offer 11/8 that the west London team lead at half-time and full-time. Similarly, you can get 7/2 that the game is all square at the break before the home side claim victory.
Arsene Wenger might opt to play Thomas Vermaelen in this game after the Belgian played the lion’s share of his team’s 2-1 win over Bolton during the week, although Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker have both been playing well in recent weeks.
Can the visitors collect their fifth straight win after victories over Sunderland, Marseille, Stoke and Bolton? The bookies are prepared to offer 5/1 although the Gunners have the most in-form striker in the Premier League and Robin Van Persie will be looking to expose a defence that has struggled for clean sheets all season.
The Dutchman is as big as 8/1 to score the first goal and confidence will be at an all-time high after bagging four goals in the last three games, while the partnership with Gervinho is starting to look pretty good despite the poor form of Theo Walcott.