Rebuilding Arsenal faces a tough task, but will have the home crowd on its side when it takes on European champion Chelsea in a 2021-22 English Premier League matchup on Sunday at Emirates Stadium. The teams have met 203 times in the North West London derby, and Arsenal leads the series 80-58-65. Chelsea got its English Premier League season off to a flying start with a 3-0 victory against Crystal Palace in its opener, while Arsenal suffered a humbling 2-0 loss to recently promoted Brentford. Now, the Blues are expected to see the debut of striker Romelu Lukaku, while Arsenal key signing Martin Odegaard won’t be ready to go. Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic is out after testing positive for COVID-19.
Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Chelsea as the -130 favorite (risk $130 to win $100) in its latest Chelsea vs. Arsenal odds, with Arsenal the +375 underdog and a draw priced at +265. The over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before making any Arsenal vs. Chelsea picks or Premier League predictions, you have to see what proven soccer insider Martin Green has to say.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been stunningly accurate. Green has generated more than $36,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Green has taken a close look at the Chelsea vs. Arsenal matchup and revealed his expert Premier League picks. You can head to SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the EPL odds and betting trends for Arsenal vs. Chelsea:
- Arsenal vs. Chelsea: Chelsea -0.5 (-130)
- Arsenal vs. Chelsea over-under: 2.5 goals
- Arsenal vs. Chelsea money line: Arsenal +375, Chelsea -130, Draw +265
- Arsenal: The Gunners are 6-5-3 against Chelsea in the past 14 matchups.
- Chelsea: The Blues are 8-2-0 in the last 10 league meetings on Sunday.
Why you should back Chelsea
The Blues are gunning for more silverware this year after beating Manchester City to win the Champions League in May. They finished fourth in the Premier League last season, 16 points behind Manchester City, but climbed up from the ninth spot after Thomas Tuchel took over as manager in late January. Since the German took over, Chelsea has conceded the fewest goals (13) and shots (117) while posting 12 clean sheets in league play. Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had 16 clean sheets last season behind a defense led by Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva.
What was missing for the Blues last year was a legitimate striker, and it now has that with Lukaku. The 28-year-old never made an impact in his first run at Chelsea as a youngster, but he blossomed after moving to Everton and put up 24 goals for Italian Serie A champion Inter Milan last season. His presence will allow Timo Werner, who had six goals and eight assists last season, to play a complementary role. Midfielders Mason Mount (six goals, five assists), Jorginho (seven goals) and Kai Havertz (four goals, three assists) will keep the engine running.
Why you should back Arsenal
The Gunners are eager to return to prominence after an eighth-place finish last season. They didn’t get off to a good start, but Odegaard should make a difference when his visa issues are resolved. The squad is also dealing with a COVID issue, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette expected to be out. Still, it won its final two home games last season and has won three straight against the Blues. That includes a 3-1 win in the last meeting at the Emirates and a 2-1 win in the FA Cup. The Gunners have scored in seven straight matchups.
Arsenal dominated possession against Brentford, holding the ball for 65 percent of the match and outshooting the Bees 22-8. The Gunners have young talent that can cause problems up front, with Gabriel Martinelli and Folarin Balogun expected to play key roles in the attack. The 20-year-old Balogun had 18 goals the past two seasons for the Under-23 team, while Martinelli has five goals in 29 matches with the main squad. Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe and Emile Smith Rowe are expected to take on the playmaking roles in midfield for the depleted Gunners.
How to make Arsenal vs. Chelsea picks
Green has looked closely at the Chelsea vs. Arsenal match from all angles. He has revealed two confident best bets, including a strong pick on one side. He’s only sharing his expert EPL picks and analysis at SportsLine.
So who wins Chelsea vs. Arsenal? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for Arsenal vs. Chelsea, all from the European soccer expert who has generated more than $36,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons, and find out.