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ARSENAL FACE BLEAK TRUTH

4th February 2017

Chelsea are already long odds-on to win the Premier League and that will remain whatever the outcome of today's home clash with Arsenal.

The Gunners who lost at home to Watford last time in one of the shocks of the season need to bounce back. They are 9 points adrift of the leaders in 3rd place and if that becomes 12 it's game over.

The problem for wenger is the recent record against top sides and especially Chelsea is poor. Apart from a one of 5-2 win five years ago Chelsea have won the fixture five times scoring 14 to Arsenal 1.

Stamford Bridge is Arsenals least productive ground.

The fcat that Hills go even money a home win suggests the layers haven't written Arsenal out of the title story just yet.

Chelsea suffered a blip themselves at Liverpool midweek - but in truth it was a good point in a game they would have won but for a rarely missed penalty. Hills might regret such a generous home price.

Back in September David Moyes as experienced as he is made the kind of blunder a novice manager makes - he changed his side when cruising to a 2-1 win over Palace to try and seal the game - it backfired and then Palace boss Alan Pardew threw the kitchen sink at Sunderland and grabbed a 3-2 win.

Roll on six months and Palace have a new manager and Sam Allardyce and Moyes renew a rivalry that dates back to the play-off final of 2000 when Bolton beat Preston in Cardiff. How times have changed.

The irony is that now Palace boss Allardyce was the same man that saved Sunderland last year - and his talisman Jermainne Defoe could yet be the saviour of Sunderland despite their dire position.

Roles are the same and Sunderland look a big price.

Elsewhere we fancy Bournemouth to get back on trcak at Everton and Watford are too big to beat Burnley.

Joe