Chelsea can return to winning ways on Sunday by triumphing in the London derby against West Ham while Arsenal can make it six victories in a row in all competitions by adding to Southampton’s woes.
The Gunners’ problems this season have been primarily on their travels – they have won only three of their 15 away Premier League fixtures while emerging victorious in 12 of their 16 home games.
Arsene Wenger’s team also have an excellent recent home record against Southampton, remaining unbeaten in their last 22 league matches against Sunday’s opponents on their own patch and it is difficult to see anything other than a routine Arsenal win again this weekend.
Southampton have won just one of their last 18 league matches and were abject last weekend in the dismal 3-0 loss at West Ham.
Wenger may rest some of his players as Arsenal must travel to Russia in midweek for their Europa League quarter-final second-leg encounter against CSKA Moscow but a shadow side should still be too good for Mark Hughes’ shot-shy outfit.
Chelsea have slipped out of the top four after losing five of their last seven Premier League games but they are unbeaten in their last 11 top-flight home matches against West Ham.
The Hammers have been poor on their travels this season, only winning two of their 16 away league matches, but they did beat Chelsea 1-0 at home in December when Marko Arnautovic grabbed the all-important goal.
The Austrian, who also grabbed a brace last weekend in the 3-0 victory against Southampton, is 16/5 to score at any time on Sunday while a Chelsea victory and both teams to score can be backed at 31/20.
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