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Chelsea vs Arsenal Tips and Predictions

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
19 October 2023, 05:26

A new chapter of the London derby awaits us on Saturday, October 21, as Chelsea are set to host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. The match is scheduled to kick off at 5:00 pm local time.

Both teams will be approaching the game in decent form – which we will reflect on in our Chelsea vs Arsenal tips – especially the Gunners. After beating Manchester City, Mikel Arteta’s men sit second in the Premier League standings, tied on points with Tottenham Hotspur.

For the Blues, the derby on Saturday will be their first big match since the opening game against Liverpool, and it’s high time Mauricio Pochettino shows he can deal with bigger rivals as well. 

Both to score? Yes

Although we have praised Chelsea for their recent form, we still have to admit that the Blues have been here and there in terms of performances this 2023/24 Premier League campaign so far. To date, they have recorded three wins, two draws and three losses, scoring 11 goals and conceding seven. They still look and play like a team that only got its new manager a few months ago, which is true.

Arsenal, on the other hand, have been much more solid in terms of both results and performances. The Gunners are so far unbeaten in the league, with six wins and two draws, and a record of 16 goals scored and six conceded. 

Arsenal are unbeaten but not without fault, and can still make the occasional defensive mistake. For this reason – coupled with Chelsea’s decent attacking line – we expect both teams to score on Saturday. The odds of it happening stand at 1.70 on Bet365.

Over 4.5 cards

Mauricio Pochettino is yet to set up his style of play at Stamford Bridge but we have seen glimpses of it in some matches. The Argentinian coach wants this team to press high, keep possession and cut the rival’s counters in their inception. 

This approach, expectedly, results in a large number of yellow cards seen by his team. Indeed, Chelsea players have been booked 25 times in eight matches so far.

Arsenal are less intense in this regard but can still be yellow-card-prone if the situation requires it. To date, the Gunners have seen 14 yellow cards in the Premier League. However, their aggressive approach can also result in a high number of offences committed by their rivals, like the six cards shown to Fulham in their 2-2 draw.

It is reasonable to expect at least five yellow cards in the upcoming derby, no matter which side sees more of them. Bet365 gives 1.72 odds on over 4.5 cards in the match.

Over 9 corners

In our Chelsea vs Arsenal tips, we not only expect a high-intensity match, but also an entertaining one with scoring chances on both ends. We won’t go as far as to predict the number of goals. Instead, we will focus on a possible consequence of such an attacking approach.

Since the two teams had a significant part of their squads active during the international break, some of the key defenders will carry fatigue and will be more likely to make errors. So, there will be lost balls, blocked and deflected shots, goalkeepers making saves – this will all lead to an increase in the number of corner kicks.

Bet365 offers 1.80 odds over 9 corners in the derby at Stamford Bridge. With both teams prioritising the full three points, this would not be a surprise.

Please remember to always gamble responsibly. Our Chelsea vs Arsenal tips are mere suggestions, not a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement first and foremost.