Saturday derby – Chelsea vs Arsenal
The opening game of this weekend is a big one, with Chelsea hosting Arsenal at Stamford Bridge at lunchtime. The last time these two sides met was a hugely significant day in the title race – Chelsea slipped to a 3-0 defeat. Subsequently changed formation to 3-4-3 and went on a devastating 13-match winning streak in the league. That put them firmly in pole position in the title race and they now sit 9 points clear of closest challengers Tottenham and Arsenal. They’ve won their last 8 home games in the league by an aggregate score of 24-3. Arsenal won just one of their last 4 away games in the league. The visitors come from the defeat at home by Watford (1-2) in midweek. Furthermore, Arsenal have a wretched record at Stamford Bridge; Chelsea have won 6 of the last 7 meetings here and in the last 3 of those have scored 10 goals without reply. As such, the odds are in Chelsea’s favour here at 19/20, a draw may tempt some at 13/5 and away win at the higher price of 16/5 all with bet365.
More to expect
At 3pm Everton are at home to Bournemouth. The home side should be confident of picking up 3 points here. They’re on an unbeaten run of 6 games in the league and have kept clean sheets in four of those. It’s likely Everton will add to this, this weekend and as such are 6/4 to keep another clean sheet. In their last two home games they’ve put 3 past Southampton and 4 past Man City, and a defence as leaky as Saturday’s visitors’ provide further opportunities for goals. Bournemouth have won just one of their last 8 games in all competitions. They conceded 3 goals in five of their last six away.
In the evening game Tottenham host Middlesbrough in a game that features the league’s joint-best defence against the worst attack. Spurs have conceded just 16 goals in their 23 league games so far and have kept 10 clean sheets, while Boro have scored only 19 goals and have failed to score in 9 of their 23 matches. The smart money here is on another Spurs clean sheet at 4/6 with bet365.
On Sunday Manchester City’s impressive home run (1 defeat in their last 20) should be extended against Swansea. The Swans have picked up recently under Paul Clement, winning 3 of their last 5. However, this is still 5th against 17th and the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling against a side who’ve conceded 52 league goals this season. That’s 5 more than Hull City and at least 10 more than anyone else in the league! Jesus impressed with his performance on Wednesday night against West Ham, scoring and assisting in the 4-0 rout. If he gets the nod ahead of Agüero again then BTTS could be a likely outcome priced at 10/11 with bet365.
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