There’s a full Premier League programme mid-week, which means most of us made absolutely no adjustments to our fantasy football teams whatsoever, but there’s always one mate who has and will let you know. Thanks Dave!
Anyway, Frank Lampard’s fourth-placed Chelsea welcome Mikel Arteta’s 10th-placed Arsenal to Stamford Bridge for the 8.15pm kick off on Tuesday night.
Chelsea had been on a good run until the weekend when they lost to a late Newcastle United goal, while Arsenal have only taken two points from their last two PL matches against Crystal Palace and Sheffield United.
There’s no denying that Chelsea’s recent home form has been pretty bad, they’ve won just two of their last five, losing the other three, without scoring. Prior to that though, they’d been on a run of nine without defeat at home in the league. This team has tons of talent but they seem to let their focus slip at times.
Arsenal though have a woeful record away at Stamford Bridge, they’ve only won twice there since 2008 and only four times in the last 20 years and with an away record which has seen them pick up just seven points over their last seven away league games, you can see where this is going.
Selection: Chelsea to win at 8/11.
Chelsea are conceding plenty of goals at home and Arsenal are scoring consistently on the road. Simple as that really. As said above, Chelsea went 3/5 home matches there without scoring which is worrying but prior to that had scored in 14/14 home PL matches.
Against Arsenal in their head-to-head matches there have only been two occasions over the last 16 meetings where Chelsea have failed to score.
Arsenal have scored in 4/5 previous away league matches and are averaging 1.09 goals per match on the road and conceding 1.27. Chelsea are averaging 1.27 goals at home and conceding 0.91.
Both Teams to Score looks like a good option.
Selection: Both Teams to Score @ 4/7.
Chelsea have scored 51.3% of their goals in the second half of matches. For Arsenal, they’ve scored 56.6% of their goals in the second half as well.
Both teams have very healthy stats for between 45-60 minutes where Chelsea have scored 28.2% of their goals this season and Arsenal have scored 23.3%. With those stats, we reckon we’ll see most of the goal-mouth action in the second period of play
Selection: Second Half with the Most Goals @ Evens.
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