FA Cup holders Arsenal take on Premier League champions Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday. Read the match predictions to find out why a Chelsea win is the betting tip at Wembley. The Blues beat their London rivals 3-0 in pre-season and are expected to prevail here.
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Arsenal are expected to roll out a three-man defence with Koscielny in between Monreal and Holding. Shkodran Mustafi and Hector Bellerin will likely be rested after their exploits at the Confederations Cup and European U21 Championship respectively. New arrivals Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette are tipped to start but Alexis Sanchez is unlikely to feature. Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere and Gabriel Paulista are in the treatment room and Aaron Ramsey is doubtful.
Chelsea could be without some of their big hitters here, with Eden Hazard, Pedro and summer arrival Tiemoue Bakayoko set to miss out. That should see Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas come into the picture, with Michy Batshuayi leading the line. The Blues will stick with the same back five and goalkeeper that took them to the title last season. £20 pays £45 on the Chelsea win at Betfair
Team Predictions Arsenal vs Chelsea
Arsenal 3-4-2-1 formation: Cech; Monreal, Koscielny, Holding; Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Chamberlain; Ozil, Welbeck; Lacazette
Chelsea 3-4-2-1 formation: Courtois; Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Kante, Fabregas, Moses; Morata, Willian; Batshuayi
Arsenal vs Chelsea Betting Tips
- Arsenal have won 7 drawn 1 and lost 2 of their last 10 matches
- Chelsea have won 7 drawn 0 and lost 3 of their last 10 matches
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Arsenal have scored an average of 2.3 goals and conceded an average of 1.2 goals per game
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Chelsea have scored an average of 2.7 goals and conceded an average of 1.3 goals per game
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Arsenal’s previous 10 matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 9 of Chelsea’s previous 10 matches Back Over 2.5 Goals with BetVictor
Arsenal vs Chelsea Prediction
Arsenal won the most recent competitive meeting between these sides, beating Chelsea at this venue to lift the FA Cup. However, they looked some way off that level two weeks ago and have some ground to make up on the basis of that performance.
Chelsea got their revenge for the FA Cup defeat and will be looking to set a marker for the season by winning this match. The Blues are the team everyone wants to beat this season and can send out a message to their title rivals with a convincing performance in this televised game.
Both sides have a number of injuries and players missing through fatigue but a glance at the predicted starting XI’s shows Chelsea have strength in depth. The side that they are expected to put out on Sunday would give most teams a tough match. Arsenal won’t roll over but I see Chelsea taking this.
Free Betting Tips
Chelsea at 5/4 with Betfair
OVER 2.5 GOALS at 31/40 with BetVictor
Correct Score Prediction
CHELSEA 2-1 at 8/1 with William Hill