Betting Update; Chelsea v Arsenal with the bookmakers making the Blues their 8/11 favourites
With Chelsea not playing last weekend in the league, and Manchester United winning, The Red Devil's have opened up a six point lead on the Champions, which could be nine points by the time this game kicks-off.
[ClickPress, Wed Dec 06 2006] So with all this in mind this game couldn't be bigger for Chelsea and Arsenal in the chasing pack. Alex Ferguson will probably be hoping for a draw to give his side a further cushion with the next best result being an Arsenal win.
José Mourinho's men should however come here fresh and raring to go having only played one game in eleven days as opposed to Arsenal's three.
The other thing to note is the two team's midweek Champions League games. Chelsea have an extra day to recover, and being already through, an easier game on paper.
In the betting the bookmakers predictably have Chelsea around the 8/11 favourites, with the draw 9/4 and Arsenal as big as 7/2. Visit WWW.EASYODDS.COM for more odds.
Arsenal fans will probably not admit it but unless they win here, and avoid defeat for the rest of the season in the league, they are out of the title race due to their indifferent start – P15 W7 D4 L4. They remain 10 points off Chelsea and a huge 16 off leaders Man Utd.
Overall league head-to-heads give Arsenal the edge with 57 wins to Chelsea's 39 and 42 draws, but in recent matches it's The Blues that are the superior side. In the last five clashes Chelsea have not lost, winning five and drawing two.
In the scoring markets Didier Drogba is worth noting as he's scored three goals against Arsenal in their last three clashes, and backing him in either the first, anytime or last scorer markets should give you a run for your money as he's due a goal having not scored in his last four.
* All prices correct at time of writing.
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