Any top gambler will tell you that you should never bet on a “friendly” football match as absolutely anything could happen, but one thing you can be sure of tomorrow is that Arsenal v Chelsea will be anything but friendly, and Arsene Wenger agrees with that!
The bookies are making it a close call with Chelsea being favourites at around 6/4 and Arsenal are priced at a very reasonable 15/8 to win the game outright in 90 minutes. There are some bookies offering much higher promotional odds and you could get 9/1 for an Arsenal win if you check out this Enhanced Bets website.
Anyone basing a bet purely on the pre-season form would have no choice but to back Arsenal who have been imperious in their warm up games, winning all their matches and scoring for fun. Meanwhile Chelsea haven’t won a single game, although beating both PSG and Barcelona on penalties is no mean feat for any team. But forgetting the current form, you have to remember that this is always going to be a grudge match when Arsene Wenger faces Jose Mourinho, with the Portugese bus conductor aiming for his 14th game unbeaten against Le Prof, which makes it difficult to back Arsenal with any real conviction.
Arsene Wenger has hedged his bets and although he thinks it will have no effect on the title race, he is definitely looking to win the trophy for the second year in a row. “We have to accept that every game is decided and judged as definite,” he said on Arsenal.com. “But you know that in real life it is not like that. The tribunal is out there and will draw conclusions from Sunday.
“But no matter, positive or negative [result], we have to continue our way and focus on ourselves.
“It’s a game that is important but it is still preparation. We want to win it and overall it can just give us that little bit more confidence before we go into the season.
“You know, it will not be a friendly as it is like that and it is good like that.”
I would love Arsenal to start the season with Mourinho stuck for words after being massacred tomorrow, but I am going to be a pragmatist. Obviously neither side will be wanting to lose face in the season opener, so I am going to recommend a wager on the draw at 90 minutes which is available at 5/2, and then a little extra on the 1-1 draw at around 11/2.