Mixed Night For Arsenal And Chelsea
New managers at Chelsea and Arsenal have not really had the desired effect and both clubs have dropped out of the Champions League places. However, they do have another route into the competition and that is by winning the Europa League. In the halcyon days under Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger playing in the poor relation to the Champions League would be unthinkable but needs must. In fact the Europa League could buy both new bosses some time and the combined price for CHELSEA OR ARSENAL to win the competition is about 3/1 with Coral.
Arsenal are away to Bate Borisiv for a match the manager should take seriously. They are not involved in the FA Cup at the weekend so the Europa League is the only chance of a trophy. Unai Emery won three Europa Leagues with Sevilla and is expected to field the first string today. Arsenal won a corresponding match 4-2 away from home in 2017. Bate have not competitively since December and ARSENAL have the form to beat their hosts by at least a goal at 5/4 with Ladbrokes.
Chelsea have lost their last four away matches without scoring a goal and a similar outcome against Malmo could see the end of Mourizio Sarri. The hosts have not been beaten at home in 18 matches but most of those fixtures were in the Swedish League. However, they have lost just 2 of 14 fixtures in Europe in Sweden. Chelsea meet Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday which could be seen as a priority. MALMO can inflict a damaging defeat on the manager at 7/1 with Coral.
Thankfully equine flu is now just a bad memory and some trainers who had been in lockdown are now allowed to have runners. Kelso stages two decent races (2.25 and 3.00) but there are only four and two runners in these contests which have odds-on favourites. Clonmel features a Grade 3 novice hurdle over three miles at 2.40 and on ratings MOSKOVITE is the bet at 11/2 with Ladbrokes.