Chelsea v Arsenal match preview with expected line-ups and result prediction.
What a game we’re being served on a fine Sunday morning! A high-powered Chelsea team against Wenger’s poor boys. Alright, I might be overreacting. The Gunners did in fact beat Bournemouth 3-0 last match, but they haven’t been looking as impressive as Chelsea have. The 0-4 loss to Liverpool still stings, and I am afraid they might see a similar result on Sunday.
Chelsea vs Arsenal
Stamford Bridge – Sun 17 Sept, 14:30 CEST
Referee: Michael Oliver
Chelsea last five: LWWWW
Arsenal last five: WLLWW
Azpilicueta – David Luiz – Cahill
Zappacosta – Kanté – Bakayoko – Alonso
Willian – Morata – Hazard
Monreal – Mustafi – Koscielny
Bellerin – Xhaka – Ramsey – Kolasinac
Özil – Lacazette – Sanchez
So, both Chelsea and Arsenal has bought into the 3-back-line tactic, and it has backfired once for both of them. Chelsea’s opening day loss to Burnley came out of the blue, Liverpool’s slaughtering of Arsenal could’ve been predicted. Still – there’s both positives and negatives with playing three at the back, but the important part is having decent defenders. Chelsea does. Arsenal… well.
Chelsea and Arsenal has been title contenders for the last two decades, and between the two, Chelsea has been dominant. The last time Arsenal won at Stamford Bridge was in 2011 – Chelsea has won all five since. In the last 12 games at the Bridge, Arsenal hasn’t kept a clean sheet once.
In fact, Arsenal are struggling more against Chelsea than any other team. Their five game losing streak at Stamford Bridge is the longest in team history, and if they concede on Sunday it will be their longest run without a clean sheet against a certain opponent.
And there’s no reason why these streaks will stop – because Chelsea has peaked their form lately. They wrecked Qarabag in the Champions League, and have wins against Tottenham, Everton and Leicester in their recent memory. And hey, Chelsea have scored in 23 consecutive home games. The last time Arsenal won an away match against a team who finished top 6 was in January 2015.
And Michel Oliver? Well, he has been ref for 20 Arsenal matches in the Premier League. A total of 38 yellow yards – and two red. Expect the Oliver cards to fly.
City derby’s can always go either way, but it just seems unlikely that Arsenal will pull out a win against Conte’s Chelsea. Chelsea might even copy the numbers from the Liverpool game, and what if they do? How long is the Wenger leash? What will Arsenal TV look like if Chelsea wins 4-0? Boy, I’m glad I’m not Arsene Wenger.
Chelsea 3 – 1 Arsenal
Goals: Morata, Hazard, Alonso, Giroud
WRITTEN BY MATTIS HOLT, SPORTS AND BETTING WRITER FOR VALUEWINS
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