FA Community Shield: Arsenal vs Chelsea Betting Tips

Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016

Premier League giants and rivals Arsenal and Chelsea kick-start their 2015/16 campaign with the traditional pre-season curtain raiser at the FA community Shield at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

The match pits the reigning Premier League champions against the winner of The FA cup, and features two London clubs for the first time in a decade, when Didier Drogba scored twice to give the Blues a 2-1 win in 2005.

Chelsea won their 4th Premier League title last season, cruising past last year’s champions Manchester City by a comfortable margin of 8 points. In a campaign that saw the Blues dominating the top tier of English football, the team played 38 games, winning 26, drawing 9 and losing just 3 to notch up 87 points.

The West Londoners did not lose a single game at Stamford Bridge, with the side dominating with performance and consistency right from the start of the season which played a major role in them winning the title after leading the standings for a record 274 days.

As far as Chelsea’s record in the FA community Shield goes, the club have won 4 titles up to date with their last win in the competition coming in the year 2009.

Arsenal have had a great pre-season, winning the Barclays Asia trophy as well as the Emirates Cup, and will come into Sunday’ game full of confidence.

Struggling with a host of injuries in the first half of the Premier League season, they suffered a wobbly start. The second half, however, saw the north London giants become one of the strongest sides in the English top flight, with most of the unfit players getting back to action. They went on to finish 3rd in the Premier League with 75 points from 38 games and won a record 12th FA cup title, trashing Aston Villa 4-0 in the final.

The match will be the 14th meeting between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger with none of the previous matches being won by the Arsenal manager. However, last season’s FA Cup winners will be buoyed by their impressive pre-season form and their capture of goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea.

Cech will be the only new addition to the Gunners’ starting XI at Wembley, while Chelsea won’t look too different from the side that won the Premier League so convincingly last season.

Gary Cahill and Diego Costa are both doubts after suffering injuries in Chelsea’s final pre-season tour match against Barcelona.

Alexis Sanchez will not feature for Arsenal following an extended post-Copa America break.

Arsenal vs Chelsea Betting Tips

This match is likely to be a very even affair, although Chelsea are tipped by bookies as the narrow favourites at 7/5 while Arsenal are 7/4.

Wenger hasn’t managed to beat Mourinho in all their previous meetings and we wouldn’t put it past the master tactician to put yet another one over the Frenchman.

However, we think this game means more to Arsenal than it does for Chelsea and when that happens, that team usually wins, so we are going to go for a 1-0 Arsenal victory priced at 8/1 with Betway.