Arsenal-Chelsea Goalscorer Preview: Walcott can trouble Blues in crunch clash

Al Hain-Cole takes a look at the goalscorer markets for tonight's game in which bet365 customers can claim a free in-play bet of up to £50
Arsenal will be hoping to reclaim top spot in time for Christmas when they welcome Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium in Monday’s heavyweight clash.

To make things even more exciting, bet365 are offering to match all pre-match bets on tonight’s clash with a free in-play bet worth up to £50, with over 70 markets to choose from throughout the game. This offer is available to all customers in the UK.

Arsene Wenger’s men suffered a 6-3 humbling at the hands of Manchester City last weekend but are 11/8 (2.38) favourites to bounce back with a victory against  their fellow title contenders.

Three points for the Blues would see them pull level with leaders Liverpool and they are available at 9/4 (3.25) to come out on top this evening.

The Gunners were held to their first home draw of the season against Everton last time out, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on the sides cancelling each other out once again.

After seeing his side concede eight goals in their last four Premier League games, Jose Mourinho challenged the players to tighten up defensively as they prepare to take on one of the league’s best attacking teams.

In the goalscorer markets Olivier Giroud leads the way for the hosts. The France international has seven league goals to his name in the Premier League campaign so far but hasn't found the net in his last six games, meaning quotes of 7/4 (2.75) aren't the most appealing.

Samuel Eto'o is available at 8/5 (2.60) with his Chelsea teammate Fernando Torres also a short price to score anytime wiith bet365 offering odds of 2/1 (3.00) about the Spanish international finding the net against the Gunners.

With a free in-play bet on offer from bet365, some punters may use the opportunity to back longer prices, knowing that if the bet loses, it will be refunded.

With that in mind an in-play first goalscorer bet could be the best way to maximise potential returns with eye-catching prices for the likes of Mesut Ozil (9/1), Eden Hazard (9/1) and Arsenal's top scorer this season, Aaron Ramsey (15/2).

One player who will particularly looking forward to tonight’s clash is Theo Walcott, who has scored more goals against this opposition than any other side.

Having struck twice against Manchester City on his return to the team after an injury lay-off last weekend, the Arsenal man will be confident of adding to his record of five goals against these opponents, and odds of 9/4 (3.25) are well worth backing on him to score anytime.

Walcott to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 9/4 (3.75) with bet365

bet365 are offering all customers a free bet of up to £50 when you place a pre-match bet, plus new customers can claim up to £200 as a first deposit bonus

Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.