Arsenal face Chelsea in a rematch of the FA Cup final for the Community Shield, with Sunday’s encounter to usher in the new 2017-18 Premier League season.
While attention may lie on the main event to arrive next week, this weekend’s clash at Wembley offers both London clubs a useful barometer where they stand. The Gunners of course defeated their counterparts 2-1 in the last game they played there, with Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey firing them to FA Cup victory in May.
Antonio Conte’s Premier League champions responded by humbling their neighbours 3-0 in a pre-season friendly in China, and they have been boosted to 30/1 (31.0) to see off Arsene Wenger’s side for new Betfair customers with £1 max stake. Arsenal, for their part, have been upped to 50/1 (51.0).
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The Emirates Stadium outfit won the last encounter between these two sides, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain giving his team a 1-0 win. Indeed, Arsenal have won their last seven games at Wembley Stadium, the longest-ever run by a club at the grounds with a 1-1 draw in the 2013-14 FA Cup semi-final against Wigan the only time they have failed to earn victory.
Wenger will be hoping that the grounds provides the necessary impetus to lay down a marker for the new season ahead, and even though Alexis Sanchez is not expected to feature from the start, can be reasonably confident his men are ready for the new season ahead.
Indeed, after a mixed pre-season, adding a scalp the size of Chelsea’s to their collection will provide a fantastic launchpoint to get back to competing for silverware this term, with Betfair’s 50/1 (51.0) quote with £1 max stake for new customers the best way to back Arsenal for victory.
Chelsea’s clash with Arsenal will be the fourth time a fixture has been played at Wembley and not the happiest for the Blues, who have lost two of the last three games.
The English champions have alternated between victory and defeat in their last six matches at Wembley, cumulating in May’s unexpected FA Cup final loss preventing Conte from doing the double in his first season in charge.
Nevertheless, Chelsea have only gotten stronger this summer, adding the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata who are expected to feature at some stage on Sunday, and there is a fair chance prove their standing at the top of the pile sealing a morale boosting win - available for new Betfair customers at great odds of 30/1 (31.0) with £1 max stake.