1,000 up for Mourinho’s ‘Master Of Failure’
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]rsenal have almost become the forgotten team in the Premier League race.
Ever since they dropped off top spot the spotlight has been firmly on Chelsea, Liverpool’s monumental progress and Man City who have dropped to fourth but have three games in hand over Chelsea which would be enough to send them back to the top if they were to win all three.
But Arsenal are still VERY much in the race. A battling win over Spurs last weekend has lifted them into a share of second spot with Liverpool and a win over leaders Chelsea would narrow the gap to just a point. (LIVE ON BT SPORT at 12.45).
That’s the maths out of the way. We SHOULD be in for a treat at lunchtime on Saturday. I say SHOULD because these Super Sunday’s, Cosmic Saturday’s or whatever else you care to hype them with have a habit of disappointing.
But we have the added element of it being Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge of Arsenal so hopefully it will live up to expectations.
If it was anything like the scoreline in October 2011 then the party will be well and truly on for Wenger and Arsenal’s supporters.
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Max last 10 only)
Dec 2013 Premier Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea
Oct 2013 C One Cup Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea
Jan 2013 Premier Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal
Sep 2012 Premier Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea
Apr 2012 Premier Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea
Oct 2011 Premier Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal
Dec 2010 Premier Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea
Oct 2010 Premier Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal
Feb 2010 Premier Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal
Nov 2009 Premier Arsenal 0-3 Chelsea
Chelsea have shown two contrasting sides to their game in the space of just two days. GOOD Chelsea came past Galatasary to win midweek in the Champions League, that win has been rewarded with a tie against PSG in the quarter finals. BAD Chelsea came off the rails at Villa Park last Saturday – losing 1-0 with Mourinho sent to the stands by referee Chris Foy after going on to the pitch following a red card being shown to his player Ramires. Mourinho has been subsequently charged by the FA for improper conduct over this incident.
Mourinho hasn’t exactly been a shrinking violet when it comes to Arsenal either. Last month, he branded Wenger a “specialist in failure”. The handshakes could be interesting if nothing else 😉
Chelsea are without Ramires and Willian who are both suspended following the Villa game and also missing will be Ashley Cole who is continuing his recovery from a knee ligament injury.
As good as the result was for GOOD Chelsea midweek – Arsenal could well be the fresher team having had a week to prepare for this.
At the respective odds on Star Sports I have to be with Arsenal. They have a good record at Stamford Bridge, winning almost a third of their 76 league visits – so on that basis alone 7/2 looks a spot of ‘overs’.
RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-10 points)
10 points ARSENAL at around 7/2 with Star Sports