After a strong start to the season for our predictions (2-0), we are back to preview the biggest game of the weekend, the battle of the Europa League favorites, a fierce London derby as Arsenal will visit Chelsea. We will break down everything important so you go into this game with the best information and betting advice to start your weekend off right!
Arsenal F.C. @ Chelsea F.C.
I usually don't like to put a "must win or can't lose" debate two games into a season but for Arsenal, we need to have this conversation, is any game really a must win this early on? Probably not but this is for sure a can't lose. With their new manager and the money they have spent, Arsenal fans will be looking to make the top four, and to do so they have to pick up points against their rivals and after looking poor against City they need at least a point at Stamford Bridge. The biggest worry for Arsenal will be their selection, I know it is one game in but it doesn't look like the signings they have made have helped where they have needed the most which is their awful defense, and when they go up against one of their biggest kryptonite players in Eden Hazard, this is a huge issue. Chelsea, on the other hand, is coming off a standard and easy win in their first match as they try to go two for two to start the year. This game for me will come down to matchups, and the main one is the back four of Arsenal against Morata and Hazard, and with history usually repeating itself this doesn't look very good for Arsenal, they didn't show me enough to believe they can go to one of the hardest places to go and get a result. Sorry, Gooners but you will once again lose.
Prediction: 2-1 Chelsea