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Chelsea vs Arsenal: New bosses to share spoils

Chelsea vs Arsenal Match Preview and Predictions

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Match information

When is it? Saturday 18th August

What time is kick-off? 17:30

Where is it being played? Stamford Bridge

Which channel is it on? BT Sport

Chelsea and Arsenal are both embarking on new eras and this weekend's London derby will show which manager has the most work to do.

Maurizio Sarri got off to a winning start in the Premier League as Chelsea enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win at Huddersfield on the opening weekend despite Eden Hazard starting on the bench.

Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to champions Manchester City in Unai Emery's first match in charge since taking over from Arsene Wenger.

Chelsea vs Arsenal Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for the match and we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Chelsea's opening game at Huddersfield looked a banana skin and they were forced to dig deep early on but ran out comfortable winners in the end.

The 3-0 scoreline flattered the Blues, having created 1.9 expected goals while Huddersfield twice hit the woodwork, but it was an improvement on the 2-0 defeat by City in the Community Shield a week earlier.

Arsenal's loss to City by the same scoreline suggests the London rivals may be well matched and we're kicking off our Chelsea vs Arsenal predictions by taking 11/4 for the draw.

Both teams have plenty of attacking quality and look vulnerable at the back so a score draw at 18/5 looks worth the extra risk.

The last of our Chelsea va Arsenal betting tips takes advantage of the BetStars odds boost of 12/1 for Granit Xhaka to be the first player carded.

The Swiss midfielder was booked 13 times in all competitions last season and started the new campaign with a yellow card against City so 12/1 is hard to resist.

First goalscorer tips

Willian was at the heart of most of Chelsea's best attacking play at Huddersfield despite playing on the left wing.

The Brazilian often shines against strong opposition, bagging the opener against Barcelona and Manchester United last season and also finding the net against Liverpool, so looks good value in the first goalscorer betting at 13/2.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Chelsea may have switched from a five-man defence to a back four but that did not stop Marcos Alonso getting forward and into some promising positions against Huddersfield.

He hit the crossbar with an overhead kick and won the penalty for Chelsea's second goal so appeals at 4/1 to be on target against Arsenal.

Where the game will be won and lost

Both teams are being asked to play in a different style than last season and the key will be which set of players adapts quickest.

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger admitted the win at Huddersfield was a relief, saying: "We're happy because to be honest our pre-season games were not that good.

"It's not always easy to adapt because it's a new style of play, but I think we did well."

We need some convincing that they can produce the same sort of performance against a fellow top-six team but Arsenal also struggled last week, especially when trying to play out from the back.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech, who had a few shaky moments with the ball at his feet, has stressed the need for patience from the fans.

"I think they have to understand that when you start building a new team with a new manager and a completely new way it may take time," he said after the match. "But I think we have been doing really well and we need to adjust a few things but I think we are in a good way.

"Obviously, today we faced probably the biggest favourite to win the title, next week we have another big game but we will be better prepared because we have this game behind us. I believe we pushed them (City) more than Chelsea did in the Community Shield."

We feel both teams may settle for a point at this stage of the season, knowing there is plenty of improvement still to come.

Team news

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas misses the clash with his former club due to a minor knee injury which could mean Mateo Kovacic, on loan from Real Madrid, makes his debut at some stage.

Arsenal will be without Ainsley Maitland-Niles after the England Under-21 international suffered a small fracture to his leg and faces up to two months out. Nacho Monreal is a contender to replace him, with Danny Welbeck also back in training but Sead Kolasinac (knee), Laurent Koscienly (Achilles) and Carl Jenkinson (ankle) are absent.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Both teams are adapting to a new playing style and it may take some time, especially for Arsenal who looked shaky at the back against Manchester City. The Gunners have the firepower to trouble their London rivals but Chelsea are fancied to make it two wins out of two.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football