London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal meet at Stamford Bridge in what features two clubs living different realities of contending for the Premier League title. Ahead of this Matchweek 9 encounter, we look at Chelsea vs. Arsenal odds and props and offer a few betting tips for Saturday’s marquee encounter.
Arsenal is second in the table to North London rival Tottenham, separated only by tiebreakers, with both sides equal on points and goal difference. While there is still a long way to go in the 2023/24 season, Arsenal can start to build its case for a championship year with a victory.
For Chelsea, seeing two of the crosstown teams in the fight for the title, while they are not, is not a good feeling. So a win would not only put a stumbling block on Arsenal’s hopes but lift the Blues upwards in the standings, where they currently occupy 11th place.
Best Chelsea vs. Arsenal Betting Odds Available
Arsenal is only playing about 12km (7.5 mi.) from its home stadium and, despite playing in an unfriendly environment, is listed as the favorite to win. BetMGM Sportsbook and Caesars Sportsbook both have the best price on the Gunners at +130. (Live odds are listed below)
Arsenal are listed anywhere from +130 to +120, depending on where you look. The draw is listed as high as +255 and the Over/Under for this game is set at 2.5 goals.
Which Team Will Score First?
Arsenal have won the past three Premier League meetings between the two sides and four of the the last five. The Gunners have won its past three league visits to Stamford Bridge. The common thread in all those matches? The team that scored first went on to win the match.
As far as the current season, Chelsea has only scored first on two occasions so far. Arsenal have scored first in six of their first eight matches to start its campaign.
Will Both Teams Score in Both Halves?
Chelsea has had trouble scoring this year, never mind scoring in both haves. Only in two games have the Blues scored in both halves but one of those occasions was the most recent PL encounter against Burnley.
Arsenal has only scored on both sides of halftime on three occasions this season, one aided by an own goal and a penalty. The good news is those games have been more recent, with all three happening during the past five matches.
Will There Be a Penalty Kick?
Chelsea is one for two on penalty attempts this season, with Cole Palmer converting on the lone successful spot kick in the last match against Burnley. Arsenal have scored five goals this season from the penalty spot, with Martin Ødegaard, Bukayo Saka, and Kai Havertz all converting.
Buyako Saka scored from the penalty spot in a 4-2 Arsenal win at Stamford Bridge on April 20, 2022. Could we see another PK goal four meetings later?
Goalscorer Props + More Chelsea vs. Arsenal Wagering Options
Raheem Sterling leads the scoring for Chelsea with three league goals. Nicolas Jackson is next with two and five players each have one apiece – Armando Broja, Carney Chukwuemeka, Axel Disasi, Mykhailo Mudryk, and Cole Palmer.
Bukayo Saka leads the way with four goals for Arsenal but the Gunners have also seen the back of the net thanks to Eddie Nketiah, Martin Ødegaard, Declan Rice, Gabriel Jesus, Leandro Trossard, Kai Havertz, Ben White, and, most recently, Gabriel Martinelli.
On the two occasions that Chelsea has scored first, it was Sterling and Mudryk who struck.
Martinelli , Nketiah , Ødegaard , Trossard , and Saka are the players who have scored first in a match involving Arsenal.
Player To Score Two or More
Raheem Sterling is the only player for Chelsea to have scored two times in a PL match this season. No Arsenal player has scored a double yet this season but Martin Ødegaard and Eddie Nketiah have scored twice in recent Chelsea-Arsenal encounters.
Chelsea vs. Arsenal Analysis and Prediction
The mentality at Arsenal has changed under Mikel Arteta. In previous years, a trip to Stamford Bridge meant an automatic loss as the Gunners garnered only three wins between 2005 and 2019, the year Arteta was appointed as manager.
Since Arteta’s arrival, Arsenal has yet to lose at Chelsea. The first encounter was a draw in 2020, followed by three consecutive victories at the Bridge and a fourth could be incoming.
Chelsea has lost its dominance at home due to its lack of players who can step up in big moments. Unless Raheem Sterling or Enzo Fernández deliver something special, it’ll likely be a tough night for Blues fans in this London Derby.
Chelsea vs. Arsenal Broadcast Info: Where to Watch
- Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 21, 12:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Stamford Bridge
Watch this match at one of the following:
- NBC / Peacock (English)
- Telemundo (Spanish)