London Derby Preview: What to expect from the Arsenal vs Chelsea game | Head 2 Head Stats
It’s a double whammy this weekend as both Selhurst Park and the Emirates stadiums will be brimming with fans. Although both sets of fans will be carrying two different mindsets into this week’s London derby.
Wondering why Selhurst Park? Oh yes, you must know by now Brentford a.k.a The Bees are a London side which makes their game a London derby.
The two sets of home fans will be hoping for a good showing. Understandably for results earned in matchday one which saw new boys Brentford defeat the Gunners. Whilst their opponents on Saturday were well beaten in their opener against reigning European Champions.
Crystal Palace vs Brentford
Quick Quiz: Can you guess the year Crystal Palace and Brentford last met in a London derby??
Well, if you guessed the 80s you’d have been wrong. Their last encounter came all the way back in 1964, Palace winning that one 1-0.
Both teams were playing in Division Three at that time, look how far they’ve both come right. That’s not to say these two don’t have history though as the head to head shows below;
Both managers being progressive-minded means the possession could be marginal or just slightly in favour of one side and could perhaps imply an open affair.
Although Patrick Viera would want his defence to be a bit more solid after shipping three last week.
Bet tip: Both games to yield 2.5 Goals Or is 1.5 a safer bet?
It’s early days in the 21/22 Premier League season and whilst the London boys want to impress fans and get some form going for them especially both home teams. This could potentially translate into goals, given when it comes to London derbies form goes out the window really.
London Derby is potentially another exciting affair between Palace and The Bees. A look into how both sides fared in their last 5 for shows 4 out of their last 5 matches produced over2.5 while in three of those both teams scored.
Brentford on the other hand has produced over 2.5 in 3 of theirs. Their opener against Arsenal was 1.5 though (Note 4 of these matches were in preseason).
Arsenal vs Chelsea
In the last six Premier League encounters between Arsenal and Chelsea, 4 out of those encounters produced at least 3goals between both teams.
The two games that produced less than 3goals were January 2019 and Last May when the Gunners won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.
One of only 5 losses Thomas Tuchel incurred after his mid-season appointment.
Will Lukaku hit the ground running?
Romelu Lukaku’s return albeit expensive could prove pivotal to how Chelsea do this season starting at the home of Arsenal.
The man sits 20th on the all-time Premier League goals chart and Everton’s EPL top goals scorer (68). Lukaku will definitely be itching to improve on that tally whilst replicating 24goals (0.75goals per game) and 11 assists for Inter Milan last season.
Assists could be another weapon in the big man’s arsenal as he consistently provides space for teammates to run. The attacking cast playing alongside him on Sunday will be licking their lips at the opportunity to profit off this, especially the likes of Werner, Kai, and Mount.
All said and done these two games promise a lot to go on and looks to potentially produce goals for all teams involved.
We leave all betting choices and predictions to you but please do let us know what you think in the comment section.