The Premier League 22nd March
The Game of the Season
Chelsea vs Arsenal – Stamford Bridge 12.45
Both managers agree this is the biggest game of the season. The reason – its a six point game. Should a team lose they will have given up six points to their closest rival – not just 3. Make not mistake they are tow very good teams. Everyone questions Arsenal and their ability to handle pressure but apart form Chelsea they have conceded least goals at home in the league. Something they couldn’t do in recent years.
Cole isn’t playing (injured) and neither is Ramires or Willians who are both suspended. Arsenal just have a fitness test for Rosicky before the kick off other than that they are as they lined up last week- albeit that is without their two best players who are long term injured which is a big blow at this time of year.
Chelsea will feel good after their midweek stroll against a lucklustre Galatasaray and Arsenal will be incredibly focused to do it for their Manager who has simply been astounding at this Iconic north London club. What great motivation for what should be a tense encounter – too tense maybe for good football.
Wenger vs Mourinho is always interesting and the chosen one has been careful with his words for Wengers 1,000th game in charge – respectful in the hope that anything he says doesn’t backfire on him, which suggests he fears Arsenal more than normal.
I don’t think it will be a game full of chances as both teams have so much to play for. It reminds me of a group of death game in the World Cup – you would rather they didn’t meet until the semi finals but here it is. It’s not over for the loser, if the loser is Chelsea but its the beginning of the end of the season if its Arsenal.
I might be reading too much in to Mourinho’s words but I get the feeling he thinks this is the best Arsenal team he has played for a while and isn’t as confident with the ammunition he has on the pitch, as he has been in the past. So that tells me, as he is an outstanding judge of football, that I should look at the value in Arsenal on offer as I think the layers are all in the “Arsenal cant cut it under pressure” camp. They may be right.
As a wise man said, Football and gambling are all about opinions and if you have a bet you are entitled to an opinion. The problem with opinions is they are just like ar—holes – everyone’s got one. This is mine.
Our Bet : 4 units win Arsenal – draw no bet @ 12/5 with Bet 365