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Arsenal and Chelsea Play at Wembley for the Community ShieldPublished August 6, 2017 by Florin P
Chelsea and Arsenal meet again in a match that will decide the winner of the prestigious Community Shield Trophy (2:00 p.m UK Time).
Chelsea and Arsenal will meet for the second time in less than one month after the resounding victory for the Blues. In mid-July, the reigning champions have secured a 3-0 victory over the Gunners in a friendly match. Now the stakes are higher because the winner of this fixture will walk away with the Community Shield. The match will be played at Wembley Stadium, so no team will have home pitch advantage.
Injury Concerns for Arsenal
Wenger has survived for another season as Arsenal manager despite the terrible year and now seeks redemption in the first official match. He will have to do a couple of changes because key players such as Wilshere and Cazorla are unfit to play. There are other injury concerns that have recently reared up their ugly heads and further ramp-up pressure on the better manager.
In the last match against Chelsea, Arsenal didn’t look like a team capable of even scoring a goal. This is particularly worrisome now that the Blues don’t have any player missing from their backline. On the road, the Gunners have always chosen a careful approach and this match will make no exception.
A Long Streak without Draws
Risk-averse punters who hesitate to back a team to win the fixture might have second thoughts about betting on this match. bet365 Sports offers great odds of 6/5 on Chelsea to win, which makes perfect sense after their victory over Arsenal two weeks ago.
The risk of the match result to be a draw is extremely low for a Derby of this magnitude. Chelsea hasn’t finished a match undecided in the last 15 rounds, while Arsenal’s draw-less streak spans over 20 matches. Under these circumstances, it’s a smart choice to bet on the reigning champions to kickstart their season with a victory and win the Community Shield Trophy.