Premier League: Arsenal vs Chelsea preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
Premier League: Arsenal vs Chelsea preview, team news, prediction and tips
August 21
Football

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Arsenal will lock horns with Chelsea in the Premier League matchday 2 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The kick-off is at 17:30 CEST.

Preview

After missing out on European qualification places for the first time in more than 20 years last season, Arsenal started off the 2021/22 PL campaign with a disastrous 2-0 loss at the newly-promoted Brentford last Friday. On the other hand, the Gunners visibly lacked their arguably two best players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in their season opener through Covid-19.

Chelsea, for their part, easily destroyed Crystal Palace 3-0 thanks to goals from Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic and Trevoh Chalobah in their opening league fixture last weekend.

Team news

Alex Runarsson, Gabriel, Thomas Partey and Eddie Nketiah remain on the sidelines and will not play on Sunday. Arsenal's new signing Martin Odegaard, meanwhile, is set to sit out his first London derby due to visa issues after joining the club from Real Madrid on Friday. It also remains to be seen if coronavirus-positive duo Aubameyang and Lacazette will be given the green light to feature this time around. Another new addition to Arsenal's set-up Aaron Ramsdale could make his debut for the North London outfit. Chelsea's old-new boy Romelu Lukaku, on the contrary, is set to make his first appearance for the Blues after making a return to West London from Inter Milan earlier this week. Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, meanwhile, are unavailalbe for Thomas Tuchel's side after contracting Covid-19 lately.

Prediction

Given Arsenal's all but pathetic performance at Brentford and all their squad absentees for the forthcoming clash, we can't envisage Mikel Arteta's crop finding the back of Edouard Mendy's net at the Emirates. As for Chelsea, they'll definitely be eager to put an end to their current run of two consecutive PL defeats to the Gunners on Sunday. It would be fair to say that the Blues, who remain unbeaten in eight matches across all competitions on the bounce right now, have everything to break that unwanted trend.

Tip

Chelsea to win to nil at 2.83 with 1XBET.


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