class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>With the Blues likely to field an understrength backline, Al Hain-Cole expects another high-scoring encounter against Arteta's men at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea will be aiming to head into their upcoming FA Cup final on a high when they welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge in Wednesday’s Premier League clash.
The Blues are in confident spirits after following up their Champions League semi-final victory over Real Madrid by beating Manchester City in last weekend’s league match.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Latest Odds
Having lost just two of their last 26 fixtures in all competitions, they are 13/20 (1.65) favourites with bet365 to boost morale even further with a victory against their London rivals.
However, Mikel Arteta’s men have come out on top in both of the last two encounters between this pair and are available at 4/1 (5.00) to make it three wins in a row in this one.
The last meeting between the sides at this ground resulted in a 2-2 draw last season, and you can get odds of 3/1 (4.00) on them cancelling each other out once again.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Team News
Andreas Christensen has been ruled out after limping off in the victory over City, but Mateo Kovacic could return to the bench after a month out.
Kieran Tierney and Alexandre Lacazette could return to the starting line-up after being fit enough to appear from the bench in Sunday’s win over West Brom, although David Luiz, Pablo Mari and Granit Xhaka are all unavailable.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Preview
With Christensen injured and Thiago Silva unlikely to be risked ahead of the FA Cup final, Thomas Tuchel’s side may struggle to maintain the exceptionally tight defensive record they have established since he took over.
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Indeed, the Gunners have proven dangerous opposition on the road of late, finding the net in each of their last nine away games and averaging over two goals per game in the process.
What’s more, recent encounters between this pair have provided plenty of goalmouth action, with 26 goals scored in the last seven meetings – six of which seeing both sides on target.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Tips and Predictions
All in all, even money (2.00) looks like good value on over 2.5 goals being scored for Arsenal’s seventh away game in nine and their sixth match in a row against Chelsea.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.