The European online bookmaker currently has over 50 markets on this match. The fixture is being televised live by Sky Sports but pictures will be available all over the world. The fixture should attract plenty of business for the Asian sportsbooks and will be a major attraction for those who like to bet on sports.
It’s difficult to assess how the smart punters will play this match. However, any price movements from betting in Asia should be significant in determining the likely outcome of this key match. There will be plenty of betting interest in Europe but the big bets will be placed in Asia, some through sports brokers.
Sports brokerage is a key element of betting in Asia. Bet brokers can place high stake bets at the best odds so it will be telling where the money goes in this way for the mach between Arsenal and Chelsea early next week.
All three outcomes are perfectly viable so there should be plenty of three-way action in the money line betting. The bookies will have an Asian handicap on offer and a three way handicap and the two–way number will be about 0.5 goals in Arsenal’s favor.
Arsenal lost their first home match of the season to Aston Villa. At the time some fans were calling for the sacking or resignation of Arsene Wenger. However, Arsenal are unbeaten at home in the league since then, a spell of seven matches. Only Everton have avoided defeat and Chelsea will be looking to draw to keep in touch with the league leaders.
In the Over/Under market the odds suggest there will be more than 2.5 goals which has been the case in several key matches in the Premier League to date.
Arsenal and Chelsea have been nowhere near as successful as Manchester City at finding the net especially at home. However, games involving the sides this season to date have produced an average of over three goals per match. Arsenal home matches and Chelsea away matches have seen exactly three goals on average per match this season to date.
Mourinho has been guarded about his attacking players. Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o have poor goal’s returns but the midfield players have compensated by adding to the tally. Oliver Giroud has a good scoring record this season but Arsenal look light up front especially if Giroud was absent through injury.
The second favorite in the correct score market is 1-0 to the home team. However, the shortest priced option of 1-1 seems more likely as both teams should score and Chelsea can avoid defeat which suggests a low scoring draw is a distinct possibility.