Despite only managing a draw at Anfield in midweek, with star striker Diego Costa uncharacteristically missing a chance from the penalty spot, Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to nine points. Antonio Conte’s side take on London rivals Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime, with the Gunners coming off the back of a damaging home defeat to Watford.
With Arsene Wenger still watching on from the stands as a result of his FA ban, the Gunners slipped to third in the table, with fierce rivals Tottenham leapfrogging them on goal difference. A goal from Alex Iwobi was not enough to rescue the Gunners, with first half goals from the visitors shocking supporters at the Emirates Stadium. With Chelsea having won 18 of their 23 league fixtures to date, odds of 2/1 at Betway for the title favourites to overcome Arsenal on home turf certainly look favourable.
Despite reportedly being knocked back in a deadline day move for Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, Antonio Conte will have been pleased with his club’s work in the transfer window, with Nathan Ake returning from his loan spell at Bournemouth, while Oscar, Patrick Bamford and Branislav Ivanovic all departed for substantial fees.
The game at Stamford Bridge will pit Premier League joint-top scorers Costa and Alexis Sanchez together, with the two danger men both on 15 goals. The West Londoners are now the overwhelming favourites for the Premier League title at Betway, with Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City languishing behind in the sports betting odds. Victory on Saturday would put Conte’s side 12 points clear of Arsenal, what many believe would be an unassailable lead.