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Chelsea v Arsenal Betting Special: Costa to atone for his Anfield miss

9:45 AM GMT 03/02/2017
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Both sides have plenty of attacking talent and our tipster is backing the Blues' top scorer to add to his tally with a goal against the Gunners

Chelsea's Premier League clash with Arsenal on Saturday afternoon promises to be an explosive encounter.

Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Willian formed Chelsea's attacking triumvirate against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night and Antonio Conte may well keep faith with those three against Arsenal.

Costa, the Blues' leading marksman this term, was denied his 16th league goal of the season by Simon Mignolet's second-half penalty save, and the Spain striker will be desperate to atone for that miss this weekend.

The 28-year-old is chalked up as bet365's 100/30 (4.33) favourite to grab the opening goal of the game for the Premier League leaders, while the same firm offer 20/21 (1.95) that the Brazilian-born front man makes his mark at any time in the match. bet365 are offering unlimited each way places on their first scorer market, unlike most firms who limit their payouts to three or four, a factor especially pertinent in a potentially high-scoring clash such as this one.

Hazard has already hit nine league goals for Chelsea in the top flight this term - more than double the tally that he managed in the top flight last term - and bet365 offer 6/1 (7.0) that the Belgium international scores at any time, while the same firm go 15/8 (2.88) that the Belgian breaks the deadlock in Saturday's showdown.

Willian is chalked up at a chunky 15/2 (8.50) to score first, while the Brazil international is available at 12/5 (3.40) with bet365 to bag his sixth Premier League goal of the season so far; Pedro - a second-half substitute at Anfield - has scored five goals in his last six starts for the Blues and the former Barcelona man can be backed at 11/5 (3.20) to strike against Wenger's men.

Arsenal are nine points adrift of the Chelsea in the standings, but Wenger's men have an impressive array of attacking talent upon which they can call ahead of this crucial clash.

Alexis Sanchez is expected to spearhead the visitors' attack and the classy Chilean is decent value at 6/1 (7.0) to score first, while the same firm go 15/8 (2.88) that Sanchez scores at any time at Stamford Bridge.

Both Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott served timely reminders of their attacking prowess in Arsenal's 5-0 demolition of Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round last weekend; Welbeck scored twice at St Mary's, while Walcott hit a hat-trick and the duo can be backed at 12/5 (3.40) and 5/2 (3.50) respectively to find the net in west London.

Olivier Giroud, too, poses a real threat for Arsenal and the France forward, who has scored five goals in his last seven appearances for the north Londoners, is available at 11/2 (6.50) with Paddy Power to notch the opener, while the same firm go 13/8 (2.63) that Giroud gets amongst the goals.

Both teams possess an abundance of star quality in the final third, but Wenger's men may struggle to contain confident Chelsea and the 20/21 (1.95) quote for Diego Costa to score at any time offers excellent value for punters ahead of this match.

Costa to score at any time at 20/21 (1.95) for a 2pt stake with bet365