Bookies.com bring customers the best bets ahead of the 2015 Community Shield as Chelsea face Arsenal
The Community Shield has long been an institution, a pre-cursor and almost a curtain-raiser for the upcoming Premier League campaign, and this time it is London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal that will contest the trophy.
As the first silverware of the season, victory for either capital club would be a big statement, so who will draw first blood? and which are the most tempting bets?
Premier League champions Chelsea, who are a brilliant best market price of 16/11 with 888.com, have every reason to be bullish considering their recent rampant record against the Gunners, who will defend this title at Wembley.
Jose Mourinho’s men know their rivals inside out, with the ‘Special One’ having a particular taste for dispatching Arsene Wenger’s teams.
Since the prodigal Portuguese tactician returned to his seat in the Stamford Bridge dugout, the Blues have beaten their capital competitors in three of five clashes across all competitions and, crucially, are yet to lose. So, customers can also take a tasty chance on Chelsea at 15/4 with Coral to win to nil, as Arsenal have amazingly not put one past Mourinho’s men in the six duels following his homecoming.
If backing the Blues, scorer odds of 2/1 from bet365 for new striker signing Radamel Falcao to be on target anytime are also tempting, as the loan star will be eager to impress. Dangerman Diego Costa is also 5/1 with Paddy Power to poach the opener if fit enough to make the starting XI, following a pre-season hamstring injury.
Should Chelsea need midfield guile to unlock the Gunners, wing wizard Eden Hazard, who has struck two in his last three against Arsenal, is a fantastic 5/2 in the anytime market with 888.com, while former Gunner Cesc Fabregas is 6/1 with Betfred.
Wenger’s FA Cup winners and Community Shield holders should not be completely discounted, however, after capturing legendary Chelsea custodian Petr Cech, who punters can support at 9/4 to thwart his former club and pull out all the stops to keep a clean sheet with bet365.
At a 15/8 price from Coral to win in 90 minutes, Arsenal have intriguing odds to break their Blues curse, particularly with anytime scorers Olivier Giroud (2/1 with Sky Bet) and Alexis Sanchez (9/4 from 888.com) in the Emirates armory. Yet it is tough to see past an organised and resilient Chelsea team taking the spoils from this tussle.
Bookies.com best bet: Chelsea @ 15/4 with Coral to win to nil and keep a sixth consecutive clean sheet against the Gunners