Two great games for armchair (or pub) punters to watch this Sunday, as Chelsea host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, whilst Everton face a difficult task as they travel to Manchester United after a poor performance in Europe this week – and we’ve 5 tips covering the two matches.
Chelsea vs Arsenal (1.30)
Arsenal may have held Chelsea to a draw in this season’s Community Shield, and knocked Chelsea out of last season’s FA Cup on their way to lifting the trophy, but Stamford Bridge has not been a happy hunting ground for Arsenal in recent seasons. Their last 5 away games against Chelsea have produced 5 consecutive losses, with score-lines of 3-1, 2-0, 2-0, 6-0 and 2-1, whilst last year’s Champions Chelsea may have made a stuttering start to their title defence against Burnley, but they’ve quickly clicked back into gear with wins over Tottenham, Everton and Leicester, whilst a 6-0 Champions League Romp in mid-week can only have increased confidence. Arsenal will also be pleased by their comeback win in the Europa League, but successive no-scoring away defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool suggest they may struggle against what looks a better all-round Chelsea team. Therefore, at a shade of odds-on, Chelsea look a decent bet. For those wanting bigger odds, Chelsea Half-Time/Full-Time looks value with the Blues producing that result in 4 of the last 5 renewals of this fixture, whilst a Chelsea win to nil also looks value with them winning 3 of the last 5 renewals without reply.
Chelsea Half-Time/Full-Time @ 7/4 Black Type, Bet365
Chelsea To Win To Nil @ 28/11 Unibet
Manchester United vs Everton (4.00)
Both of last season’s games ended 1-1 but, with Manchester United looking a much better team in Jose Mourinho’s second season in charge, this may revert to the form of the previous season in which United won both league games and their FA Cup Match. Ironically, it is probably the sale of ex Everton Striker Romelu Lukaku that swings this in Manchester United’s favour, as Everton have become goal-shy without him this season, scoring just twice in 4 Premier League Games, and also drawing a blank in an away defeat to Atlanta in the Europa League. By comparison, United have conceded just two goals (both away at Stoke), whilst they have scored 15 goals in their opening 4 league games and 1 Champions League game. Therefore, United to win to nil looks the percentage call. Also, with the Everton defenders having a good understanding of how Lukaku operates, it may be worth backing the ever-improving Marcus Rashford to open the scoring.
Manchester United To Win To Nil @ 1/1 Unibet
Marcus Rashford To Score First @ 9/2 BetVictor, Bet365