Chelsea at Arsenal: London derby betting guide and tips

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Here are your betting guide and tips for the London Derby clash between Chelsea and Arsenal via Mike Malley.

It’s genuinely embarrassing how bad Chelsea is this season. Things obviously got off to a rough start with Thomas Tuchel at the helm, and I’ll admit that I was unhappy with the campaign’s early results, but this is an unimaginable new low. The Blues currently sit in 12th place on the table, immediately below a trio of cross-town rivals in Crystal Palace, Fulham, and Brentford who used to be seen as automatic victories.

The Pride of London took eight of a possible 16 points from meetings with the capital’s presumed whipping boys in 2022/23 and now sits above only West Ham in the city standings. Todd Boehly’s ownership regime has been nothing short of a disaster so far, even with the American’s big spending initially serving as a distraction from the team’s shortcomings on the pitch. And Chelsea’s next matchup, also a London Derby, will likely only exacerbate the fanbase’s unhappiness.

Trips to the Emirates have never been the easiest endeavors for the Blues. Their recent history in north London would suggest that the journey is rather difficult, with Chelsea winning only two of their previous five road matches against Arsenal. Evidently, the Gunners of the past are not the Gunners of this year. While their form has certainly dipped in recent weeks, Mikel Arteta and his squad have transformed into an annoyingly entertaining unit that’s given Manchester City its biggest challenge since the COVID-interrupted season that saw Liverpool raise the Premier League trophy for the first time.