EPL Arsenal vs. Chelsea Betting Preview

soccer ballWith the 2015 Soccer Season for the English Premier League gets underway this 2nd of August 2015 as Arsenal plays Chelsea at the Wembley Stadium in London, England with kick-off at 10 AM ET.

The opening Odds have Arsenal Blues at +180 playing against Arsenal Gunners at +135 with the Draw at +205 and the total for the game at 2.5 goals. The Gunners of Arsenal start their season with a new goaltender in P. Cech formerly of the Chelsea Blues.

If you Bet on Soccer at an Offshore Betting site, you need to know that in this game the Blues will be without 3 key players in D. Ospina, A. Sanchez and D. Welbeck. Sanchez and Ospina returned late from playing in the Copa America this summer and Welbeck is still on the injured list with a knee injury that happen in their last season games.

Since those key players of their offense will be unable to play against the Blues of Chelsea, the manager of Arsenal Wenger has made the decision to play T. Walcott as a striker in this match-up. During the 2014 season Walcott’s role was mostly as a substitute, but in the 4 games he did start and had 14 appearances in games, and he scored 5 goals for the most part playing as a back-up. However, he did play in the FA Cup and he had 5 appearances, with 2 as a sub, and scored 2 goals in that tournament.

The Gunners may have less effect in their shots; they will have a good defense to stop the Blues of Chelsea attack with their new goaltender P. Cech making his debut. He was formerly of Chelsea and a 3 time Golden Glove holder in the EPL, and once had the record for playing the most minutes in games and not having a goal scored in the EPL for some 1,030 minutes, and that happened in the 2004-2005 seaso

Fortunately he is playing with a healthy and strong back line that is made up of L. Koscielny, P. Mertesacker and F. Coquelin, who last season allowed opponents in the league the fewest goals at 36. The Gunners of Arsenal against all competitions have won their ultimate 5 games. So can your Gunners take down the Blues?

If you a Chelsea Blues fan your team is roaring to start to defend the EPL Title in this 2015 season, and nothing could be sweeter for them to beat the reigning FA Cup Champions in this match-up. Your team in their last 5 games with Arsenal they won 3 of the games and tied the other 2, so basically they went undefeated.

They bring back the majority of last year’s Blues roster on offense, and their top scorer D. Costa with 20 goals in 2014 returns, but are questionable for this game, as a result of a hamstring injury that occurred in the last game with Barcelona recently. If Costa is unable to start, he will be replaced by L. Remy who last season in all games he scored 8 goals, and had another 8 assists.

So Blues fans don’t count out your team to soon, as they have a fantastic midfield that could assist Remy as he replaces Costa to score goals. Midfielder Fabregas last season had some 18 assists and his counterpart Hazard will keep the defenders busy as they know last season he scored 19 goals in all the competitions in which he participated.

The prediction is that the total for the game will be under the 2.5 projected as the Blues of Chelsea win this match at 1-0 to start the 2015 EPL Season.