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Opta Big Match Stats: Arsenal set to score away to Chelsea

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Petr Cech has been forced to pick the ball out of his net at an alarming rate

Petr Cech has been forced to pick the ball out of his net at an alarming rate

"Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight home Premier League outings."

Michael Lintorn has examined the vast array of insightful Opta stats about Saturday lunchtime's Stamford Bridge showdown to find three bets worth pursuing...

Arsenal have won none of their last eight Premier League away matches, their worst run since 1992
The most worrying thing about this shocking trend for Arsenal fans is that their record on the road is getting progressively worse, as while the first five matches in the streak featured three draws, the last three were all lost, one of those against the otherwise winless Blackburn. Add into the mix that they have tasted defeat on three of their last four trips to Stamford Bridge, conceding four without reply there, and the outlook is bleak.

Arsenal have beaten Chelsea six times after falling behind in the Premier League, while the Blues have only come back to win once after trailing against the Gunners
Obviously, if you fancy Arsenal to triumph, the [15.0] on them winning from behind will appeal, but as we're backing the Blues, there's another way to look at this Opta pearl. One reason that Arsene Wenger's men have fought back so often is because they regularly concede first, doing so in four of their last five meetings, so there is therefore value in backing the hosts to score the opener.

Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight home Premier League outings
Their remarkable run without a clean sheet, which also spans eight league fixtures home and away, is a gift that keeps giving for punters right now, and there is every reason to believe that Arsenal can cause their defence further discomfort. After all, despite losing three in a row on their travels, they have found the net six times in the process, and have scored in six straight away games in all competitions.

Recommended Bets:
Chelsea to win @ [1.69]
Chelsea to score first @ [1.51]
Both teams to score @ [1.72]

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