Arsenal and Chelsea meet for the second time in less than four weeks as Frank Lampard looks to do the double over the Blues‘ London rivals in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.
The West London club won 2-1 at the Emirates in their final match of 2019 in what was only Mikel Arteta’s second game in charge of the Gunners.
Whilst the young Spaniard has won just one of his first five games as a manager, the team are playing much better, and I think, tactically, they could well have the beating of Chelsea on Tuesday night.
That one victory was a convincing 2-0 win over Manchester United, though successive draws against Crystal Palace and Sheffield United have been less than impressive.
Chelsea are on course to inherit fourth spot on the basis of how poor the competition has been this season. They have been very inconsistent under Frank Lampard – their win at the Emirates was followed up by a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion, a 3-0 thrashing of Burnley and then a 1-0 loss at Newcastle United on Saturday.
Arsenal’s high pressing and pacey counter-attack game under Arteta could cause the home side some real problems midweek. Granted, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is going to be a big loss through suspension. Alexandre Lacazette is certainly lacking form currently, but teenager Gabriel Martinelli looks class and may relish another starting opportunity in this one.
Defensively, Arsenal are among the worst in the league. But so are Newcastle and Chelsea failed to break them down over the weekend. Christian Pulisic’s purple patch has long ended and the American has been dropped. Mason Mount’s excellent start to the season disappeared after collecting his first England cap, and Tammy Abraham has not found the back of the net very often at all since November.
Chelsea’s odds are too short for me. In fact, they’re so short I think they’re a great lay.
Best bet: Lay Chelsea at 1.79 with Betfair
Value bet: Arsenal to win at 5.0 with Betfair