Chelsea v Arsenal Betting Preview: Predicted line-ups, goal scorer prices and match odds

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With a blockbuster clash on the cards in this Carabao Cup semi-final Goal's club correspondents share their thoughts on the clash at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea and Arsenal shared an enthralling 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium over the festive period but now the two London clubs go head-to-head twice more for a spot in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

Ahead of the clash we asked our Chelsea and Arsenal correspondents for their views on how the respective sides would line up in the first leg.

Match odds

Antonio Conte's side are 4/6 (1.67) with dabblebet to win and secure an advantage to take into the return fixture at the Emirates. Another stalemate is available at 3/1 (4.00) and the previous three meetings between these teams have finished all square after 90 minutes so that could be a popular play.

Arsenal named a much-changed team against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup at the weekend and were dumped out of the competition in which they've enjoyed plenty of success recently, winning three of the previous four editions. Arsene Wenger will continue serving his three-match touchline ban for this encounter and dabblebet go 17/4 (5.25) that the Gunners are able to fashion a victory.


Predicted line-ups

Chelsea (3-5-2) - Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill, Moses, Alonso, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Hazard, Morata

Arsenal (4-2-3-1) Opsina, Kolasinac, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Wilshere, Elneny, Alexis, Ozil, Welbeck, Laczette

Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella expects the hosts to field the same time as they did the last time these teams met in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Wenger faces something of a selection headache with several players already ruled out as well as Mustafi, Xhaka and Kolasinac all facing late fitness tests.

Arsenal correspondent Chris Wheatley believes the Gunners will opt for a back four should the Bosnia international be deemed available for selection.

Goalscorer odds

While these are only predicted line-ups, they could provide some handy clues for bettors ahead of what could be another entertaining London derby.

One man who will be keen to atone for a disappointing performance at the Emirates is Alvaro Morata. The 25-year-old failed to capitalise on several presentable chances and he is dabblebet's 3/1 (4.0) favourite to open the scoring at Stamford Bridge and available at 4/5 (1.80) to get his name on the scoresheet at anytime.


Eden Hazard netted from the penalty spot in that game and is a 4/1 (5.0) play to break the deadlock here with Cesc Fabregas quoted at 21/10 (3.10) to register against his former side.

Marcos Alonso has already hit six Premier League goals for the season, including Chelsea's second in the last meeting and the full back is 10/1 (11.0) to score first and 3/1 (4.0) to score at any point during the match.

Danny Welbeck is 7/1 (8.0) to score first and 2/1 (3.0) anytime with doubts remaining over the future of Alexis Sanchez. The forward is being heavily linked with a switch to Manchester City for the second transfer window in a row although he's a 15/8 (2.88) shot to find the net should Wenger opt to include the Chile international. Alexandre Lacazette is the shortest priced Arsenal player available at 8/5 (2.60) to score.

Jack Wilshere scored first in the 2-2 draw between the sides on January 3 and is 18/1 (19.0) to repeat the trick in this game and 11/2 (6.50) to score anytime.

Hector Bellerin produced a sublime late equaliser for his side on that occasion and dabblebet go 10/1 (11.0) that he scores again in south west London or 40/1 (41.0) that he nets the last goal of the game.

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