Betting round-up: Love for London clubs

They may be out of form, but both Chelsea and Arsenal are still a hit with the punters ahead of Saturday's English Premier League action Indonesia   By PAUL GOUGH


Arsenal and Chelsea might both be enduring their worst run of form in over a decade, but that has not stopped punters from throwing their support behind the under-pressure London clubs against West Brom and Sunderland respectively in the English Premier League on Saturday.

The Gunners are winless in their past four matches in all competitions and sit in 10th spot on the Premier League table with just five wins, six draws and four defeats from their first 15 games.

That represents Arsenal's worst start to a season since Arsene Wenger took over as manager in 1996.

Chelsea might be five points and seven spots better off than the Gunners, but they have failed to win any of their past seven league games - their worst run of form since 1995.

They did score a 6-1 win over Danish side Nordsjaelland in the Champions League on Wednesday, however.

But ultimately that win meant nothing, as Chelsea still failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League - the first defending champion to do so, thus heaping more pressure on new manager Rafael Benitez.

But punters believe the two fading London giants will return to form on Saturday.

The Gunners are the $1.52 favourites at home against fifth-placed West Brom, who are great value at $7.40 at Betfair.  The draw at $4.60.

However, with the Baggies losing their past two games - after getting to as high as third spot - the money is coming for Arsenal to finally bounce back, with over 80 percent of early wagers at Betfair having been placed on the Gunners.

Similarly, Chelsea has been well-backed at $1.82 with Betfair - attracting over 70 percent of support - to win away at struggling Sunderland at $4.90.

Sunderland have managed just two wins all season and now find themselves just one point from the relegation zone, although they have managed to draw seven of their 15 matches so far this season.

That makes the draw great value in this game against an out-of-form Chelsea at $3.90.

Back Swansea and Stoke to win their respective games
West Bromwich Albion to win v Arsenal at $7.40 at Betfair

In the other games on Saturday, Southampton can leapfrog Sunderland and move out of the relegation zone by winning at home against second-last Reading, with the Saints paying $1.99 at Betfair and the Royals $4.20.

There is another relegation battle between 15th placed Wigan at home to winless QPR, with the Latics $2.42 favourites and Rangers at $3.25.

The draw looks better value at $3.55 at Betfair.

Swansea, fresh from a 2-0 win at Arsenal last Saturday, can continue their great form at home to Norwich.

They are the $1.86 favourites with the Canaries paying $5, while Aston Villa are a risk as the $2.52 favourites at home to in-form Stoke at $3.20, where the draw again looks the way to go at $3.35.

*Note prices subject to change


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