Both Chelsea and Arsenal are adjusting to life under new managers but it is the Blues who seem to be settling the better ahead of this evening’s game.
Maurizio Sarri’s side may have lost 2-0 to Manchester City in the Community Shield but bounced back with an easy 3-0 victory at Huddersfield on the opening weekend.
They showed some nice flashes in attack and will likely be boosted today by Eden Hazard’s presence from the off.
Unai Emery watched his team lose 2-0 to the Citizens last Sunday and will be looking for more having been second best throughout.
The pace they possess in attack suggests they should get on the scoresheet against a Chelsea defence that looks uncertain and has a talented yet rookie goalkeeper behind them.
Sarri’s men will though be buoyed by the fact that they have lost only one of the last 10 meetings between these two at Stamford Bridge and should have enough to take the points.
Our second bet comes from Spain where Villarreal and Real Sociedad open their campaigns at La Ceramica.
El Submarino Amarillo finished fifth last season and the decision to promote Javi Calleja from within looks to be paying off, although they still appear somewhat unbalanced at times.
Unbalanced is arguably the perfect word for La Real’s summer with big names leaving and some unknown quantities coming in.
The two games between the pair last term produced nine goals so look out for an entertaining home win.
The aforementioned Sarri’s former club Napoli head to Lazio in their Serie A opener tonight and new boss Carlo Ancelotti still seems uncertain about their chances.
Despite having an amazing record of just three defeats in their last 38 league games, and keeping a clean sheet in eight of their last 10 away outings, they look vulnerable having not found a suitable replacement for Pepe Reina in goal.
I Biancocelesti missed out on Champions League football in heart-breaking fashion last term but Simone Inzaghi and his side are on the up and can take advantage of the Partenopei’s uncertainty.
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