Arsenal vs Chelsea Prediction, 8/22/2021 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arsenal vs Chelsea
Date: Sunday, August 22, 2021
Location: Emirates Stadium in London, England
Odds/Point Spread: Arsenal (+220) Chelsea (+115)
Alexandre Lacazette and Arsenal (0-0-1, 17th in the EPL) play Chelsea (1-0-0, 2nd in the EPL) at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The goalies protecting the net are Bernd Leno for Arsenal and Edouard Mendy for Chelsea. The line on this matchup has Arsenal coming in at +220 and the Pensioners are at +115. The total opens at 2.25.
Arsenal faced Brentford in their last match and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 2-0. In sharing the ball, they ended up with a 92.5% passes received rate by converting 527 of the 570 targeted passes in their last game. Arsenal attempted 24 dribbles in this contest and completed 13 of those attempts for a rate of 54.2%.
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Regarding shot accuracy, Arsenal wrapped this game up at a 18.2% clip by hitting 4 shots on target of 22 shots. Arsenal hasn't scored yet this season.
Alexandre Lacazette is a player who should be able to impact this game for Arsenal. Lacazette has been given a starting assignment in 268 matches thus far in his career while he scores 0.58 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in France has 150 goals in 23,447 mins. He has totaled 39 assists while earning 41 yellow card warnings in his career.
Someone else who should impact this game is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the forward hailing from France. Aubameyang has been on the pitch for 29,647 mins in 331 starts and has been given 23 yellow card cautions. He has helped a teammate on a goal 53 times so far in his career while he has scored 203 goals. He is averaging 0.62 goals per 90 mins during his career.
The man protecting the net for Arsenal is Bernd Leno. Leno has seen the field for 34,805 minutes and has earned 1,075 saves during his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.2 (474 total goals allowed) and he has earned a save % of 70.5. The goalkeeper hailing from Germany has faced 1,531 shots attempted against him in 387 starts. Leno (174-99-113 record during his soccer career) has tallied 115 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 29.7% shutout percentage.
When they last stepped on the pitch, Chelsea earned three points by winning 3-0 against Crystal Palace. They finished the match by connecting on 637 of the 695 passes they attempted earning a rate of 91.7%. Chelsea finished the match with a 66.7% successful dribble percentage by completing 8 of the 12 dribbles they tried. Chelsea connected on 6 shots attempted out of 13 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 46.2% clip in their last game. Having tallied 3 goals and 1 assist in all their matches, Chelsea has an average of 3.00 goals and 1.00 assist per 90 minutes.
Romelu Lukaku will need to provide a spark for Chelsea. He sports an average of 0.58 goals per 90 mins and has started 330 games so far in his pro soccer career. The forward born in Belgium has been on the pitch for 29,942 mins while scoring 192 goals. He has totaled 29 yellow cards during his soccer career and has assisted on a goal 60 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Timo Werner, the forward representing Germany. He has collected 98 goals in his career while helping on a goal 44 times. Werner has been given a total of 14 yellow card warnings in 18,340 minutes played (207 career starts). His G/90 average during his pro soccer career is 0.48.
Edouard Mendy is expected to look after the net for Chelsea. During his career, Mendy has allowed 118 goals and has earned 334 stops in 136 starting assignments. He has conceded 0.87 goals per 90 minutes while holding a mark of 47-32-24. He has earned a save % of 76.7 and his clean sheet rate is 44.1%. Mendy has accumulated 60 shutouts while defending 437 shots tried against him in 12,208 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chelsea (+115)
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