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Chelsea to give Gunners the Blues

Chelsea to give Gunners the Blues

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We are into the real business end of the EFL Cup and the first leg of the second semi-final takes place between Chelsea and Arsenal on Wednesday.

The pair played out a 2-2 draw in the Premier League last week and it’s hoped this game will be just as entertaining as that one at the Emirates.

Five-time winners Chelsea are a team in form and Antonio Conte is likely to select a strong side for this one, having rested a number of his stars for Saturday’s goalless FA Cup draw at Norwich.

The Blues have not won any of their last four games against Arsenal, including last season’s FA Cup final, but have avoided defeat to them at Stamford Bridge since 2011.

Understandably, they are the 20/29 favourites and, having spurned a host of chances in the recent game at the Emirates, stiker Alvaro Morata has a point to prove.

The Spaniard is 1/1 to score at anytime and has the attributes to dominate the Gunners’ weak back-line.

Arsenal were shocking in Sunday’s 4-2 defeat at Nottingham Forest but, just like Conte, Arsene Wenger is also likely to field a strong team after seeing his fringe players crumble at the City Ground. However, he will again be in the stands as he serves a touchline ban.

Injuries have been an issue for the Gunners but whoever plays, they continue to suffer from a soft underbelly and have won just three of their 12 domestic away games this season.

It is no surprise then that they are the 15/4 underdogs in the match betting, with the draw priced at 29/10.

With the Premier League title gone for both already this term, the EFL Cup is a genuine chance for silverware and, interestingly, is the sole domestic competition Wenger, who will again be in the stands on Wednesday, has not won during his tenure in north London.

Alexis Sanchez, who has found his feet again amid the speculation regarding his future at the Emirates, is a matchwinner on his day and a strong showing on Wednesday will only add to the interest in him and he is 19/10 to score at anytime.

Goals are likely and the home win with both to score seems a likely outcome at 2/1.

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