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Two of the Premier League’s finest teams will be going head-to-head on Wednesday. The London-based teams will meet at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in the 2018 International Champions Cup. Arsenal is coming off a great 5-1 victory against Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday. Chelsea, on the other hand, has started into the competition with a rather boring 1-1 draw against Inter Milan.
The game will start at 8:05pm UK time, August 1. That means there are less than two weeks until the start of the 2018/19 Premier League season. Even though this is just a friendly match it is the final test for Arsenal London and therefore, a potentially great match.
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The teams have played plenty of matches against each other in the past two years. There were 10 games in total and Chelsea won three times, Arsenal won three times as well, and there were four draws.
Judging by their most recent performances, Arsenal might be considered to be the slight favorite to win the game. 1xbet offers odds of 2.41 for Arsenal to win in regular time.
In this type of friendly match it’s crucial to predict the lineups for both teams. I expect both teams to show up with a majority of their key players in their starting lineup or at least on the bench. Here are the predicted starting line-ups for Arsenal and Chelsea:
Arsenal’s Starting XI: Leno, Bellerín, Papastathopoulos, Mustafi, Kolašinac, Ramsey, Rowe, Mkhitaryan, Özil, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Chelsea’s Starting XI: Bulka, Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, Luiz, Alonso, Fàbregas, Jorginho, Bakayoko, Pedro, Morata, Hudson-Odoi.
Arsenal’s offensive players are on a good run. The team has been creating lots of great scoring opportunities in their last match and their offensive masterminds Özil and Mkhitaryan are facilitating the ball to their quick strikers very well. Their new head coach, Unai Emery, has established a new system which seems to be working out really well early in the season.
Chelsea’s new manager, Maurizio Sarri, is aiming to change the team’s playing style from last season. He is more keen on taking control of the ball instead of taking a defense-first approach. Their newest addition, Jorginho, is a great improvement for their midfield and should help them to accomplish that goal.
Both sides are pretty even and I think we will see a very close and exciting match. The most likely result is a draw but I think betting on the under 2.5 goals @2.38 by 1xbet seems to be a value bet. I don’t expect Chelsea to allow as many scoring opportunities as Paris which will make it way harder for Arsenal to score multiple goals.
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