Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have never really seen eye-to-eye. Whether it’s over transfers, touch-line behaviour, or fashion choices, the two managers couldn’t be much further apart. And in this instance opposites do not attract.
The two heavyweights have gone head-to-head 11 times since Mourinho strutted into the Premier League as Chelsea manager in 2004 and ruffled Wenger’s feathers. And in those 11 meetings Wenger has never been able to break The Special One’s hoodoo.
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Mourinho can boast of six wins and five draws over Wenger as Chelsea manager, without a single defeat. It’s no surprise to see punters desperate to get on the home side at 4/6.
- In those 11 games, Wenger’s Arsenal have scored just six goals. An average of almost one every other game.
- Mourinho’s Chelsea on the other hand, have racked up 19 goals against Wenger’s side, failing to score in just two of the 11 games.
- In four games Wenger has faced Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, Arsenal have scored just once. The man who scored it in December 2006? Mathieu Flamini. He’s a 10/1 shot to bag a goal laced with déjà vu this weekend, for any football romantics out there.
Arsenal’s poor form under Wenger against Mourinho was emphasised in this fixture last year. Remembered mostly for Andre Marriner’s mistaken identity between Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mourinho’s side raced into a two goal lead inside seven minutes. The match finished 6-0 and Jose had inflicted Wenger’s joint-heaviest defeat of his career. Emphatically ruining the French manager’s 1000th game in charge of the Gunners.
Mourinho also spoiled Wenger’s 500th game in charge with a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in 2005, courtesy of a Didier Drogba goal. This Sunday’s game comes on the week Wenger celebrated his 18th birthday of being appointed Gunners boss, and Mourinho is planning on pissing on the birthday cake all over again.
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Chelsea are unsurprisingly the 4/6 favourites to pick up three points as Mourinho maintains his hoodoo over Wenger. For punters looking for a touch more value, Wenger’s poor record of goal-scoring against Mourinho at Stamford Bridge sticks out like Per Mertesacker at a midget convention. One goal in 360 minutes of play doesn’t bode well, and Chelsea are 9/5 to win the game without conceding.
The internet tells us that to break a hoodoo you need two offertory candles, a lot of herbs and oils plus some kind of psalm. We just recommend denying Cesc Fabregas space, keeping your eyes on Diego Costa and making sure Mesut Ozil gets played in his best position. Even then we can’t guarantee results…