Premier League Betting 21/22: Arsenal vs Chelsea Match Preview

Written By Alex Blowers on August 20, 2021

This Sunday, Chelsea travels to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal for the weekend’s marquee fixture. The game will be shown live on NBCSN, with kick-off scheduled for 11:30AM EST. Read on for my match preview, bringing you all the latest team news, recent form, and stats to help you make better Premier League betting choices.


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CompetitionOpponentHome/AwayShots ForShots AgainstGoals ForGoals AgainstPossessionxG ForxG AgainstxG Difference
Premier LeagueBrentfordAway2280265%1.021.89-0.87

Premier League Betting: Arsenal vs Chelsea Match Preview

Out: Thomas Partey (Ankle), Eddie Nketiah (Ankle), Gabriel Magalhães (Knee)
Doubtful: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Covid), Alexandre Lacazette (Covid)
Suspended: None
Coach: Mikel Arteta

For the second week in a row, Mikel Arteta is without his two main strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, after they tested positive for Covid. Third-choice Striker Edward Nketiah is also out with a knee injury and won’t be available till mid-September.

Folarin Balogun was preferred up top against Brentford, but the youngster struggled and will likely be on the bench for this game. I think we will see Gabrial Martinelli take his place with Bukayo Saka starting on the left side of Arsenal’s front three.

Thomas Partey isn’t expected to return till mid-September, meaning summer signing Albert Sambi Lokonga will continue in central midfield alongside club captain Granit Xhaka. The Swiss international put an end to speculation linking him with a move away from the club by extending his deal till 2024.

The Gunners are close to completing the permanent signing of Martin Ødegaard from Real Madrid for a $46.5 million fee. The Norwegian international spent the second half of last season on loan at Arsenal but is unlikely to have his visa application processed in time to feature in this game.


CompetitionOpponentHome/AwayShots ForShots AgainstGoals ForGoals AgainstPossessionxG ForxG AgainstxG Difference
UEFA Super CupVillarrealNeutral20171162%1.080.46+0.62
Premier LeagueCrystal PalaceHome1343062%1.190.32+0.87
Total / Average33 / 16.521 / 10.54 / 21 / 0.562%2.27 / 1.1350.78 / 0.39+1.49 / +0.745

Premier League Betting: Arsenal vs Chelsea Match Preview

Out: Hakim Ziyech (Shoulder), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Covid),
Doubtful: N’Golo Kanté (Ankle)
Suspended: None
Coach: Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea’s record signing Romelu Lukaka has finished self-isolating and is training with his new teammates. His finishing, pace, power, strength in the air and physicality will cause Arsenal’s defense problems all day long, and I’m confident he starts.

I think Thomas Tuchel will favor Reece James over César Azpilicueta at right-wing-back. James was one of Chelsea’s standout players in the Champions League final, keeping Raheem Sterling quiet, and I think he can do a similar job on Saka.

It looks like Marcus Alonso has won the second left-back/left-wing-back spot in Chelsea’s squad after Euro 2020 winner Emerson Palmieri joined Olympique Lyonnais on loan for the season. Last weekend, Alonso opened the scoring against Crystal Palace and will keep his place until Ben Chilwell returns to full fitness.

Hakim Ziyech is expected to be out till mid-September as he recovers from the shoulder injury he picked up in the UEFA Super Cup final against Villarreal. Kai Havertz is fit and could start ahead of Christian Pulišić or Mason Mount.


Lukaku is the final piece of the puzzle Tuchel needs to challenge for the Premier League title. At Inter Milan last season, he registered 24 goals and 11 assists in 36 Serie A appearances, and I think he will hit similar numbers for Chelsea.

Back Lukaku to get on the scoresheet and Chelsea to beat Arsenal comfortably by two or three goals.

BETTING TIPS: Chelsea -1.5 Goals +185 | Romelu Lukaku To Score Anytime +120


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