Place: England. London. Stamford Bridge.
Date: on the 18th of August, 2018 (Saturday)
Match start: 17:30 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Championship of England. Premier League. 2nd round.
Chelsea (the head coach Maurizio Sarri)
Just after the end of the away match of the first round in Huddersfield in which the Royals have won over the hosts with the score (0:3) signor Sarri has made very surprising statement that his former team Napoli would win over such opponent with larger score…
The British media have at once reacted on such attack of the new coach of Chelsea and have regarded it as a hint to the management of Stamford Bridge about considerable strengthening of the starting lineup. In last match with Huddersfield guests have played according to the tactical scheme 4-3-3 being in the following squad:
Kepa – Azpilicueta, Rüdige, David Luiz, Alonso – Kanté, Jorginho, Barkley – Pedro, Morata, Willian;
Undoubtedly, the new head coach of Chelsea is lacking the player of the level of Marek Hamšík. Initially, the main rival for a role of the playmaker was Francesc Fàbregas but now there is no Spaniard even in the closest reserve. And therefore in the average line of the hosts there are three holding midfielders who are able to destroy much more than to create.
Arsenal (the head coach Unai Emery)
But, despite dissatisfaction of signor Sarri with a game of his new team, Chelsea takes the second place in a champion race according to the results of the first round, having lost to Liverpool only on the difference of goals (3:0 against 4:0).
But the closest opponent of the Royals and this is one of historical grandees of the English football – Arsenal, its first match under the leadership of Unai Emery has lost with the score (0:2).
However, the name of the rival – Manchester City can be justification to the Gunners. To tell the truth, even being in its not the strongest squad the team of Josep Guardiola was playing much better than the hosts of Emirates. Of course, in the nearest future Unai Emery is facing great work in order to reanimate football of one of the most popular clubs of the Premier League. However right now, according to the most surprising calendar schedule, Arsenal will have to play the second match in a row with the rival for the place in TOP-4.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Chelsea vs. Arsenal
We doubt that today we must recollect the former meetings of the Royals and the Gunners. After the made staff changes both participants of the forthcoming London derby are on a threshold of radical reorganization. And now, according to the status of a home match, the favorite is the new team of Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea – 1.80, Arsenal – 4.00.
Let us sum it up! In the first round the Royals have gained away victory over the underdog Huddersfield and next day the Gunners on home arena have lost to the champion. However today two top capital clubs are at the identical level of a game and therefore here the bet made on guest won’t lose is more relevant.