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Arsenal vs Chelsea : Preview, Team News, Prediction, Key Stats, Key Battles, Betting odds

  • It is the clash of two of the biggest clubs in London, as Arsenal host Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. The Gunners will
    try to extend their lead on top of the Premier League table as they face off against the Blues, who are currently in 14th place. Arsene Wenger’s
    side have been good at home this season, though they have failed to win their last two matches in the league which have ended in draws. Further, in
    the north London side are unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions and will look to build on that.

    On the other hand, Guus Hiddink’s team will want to take back something from this match after their 3-3 draw against Everton. The west Londoners are also unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions and it will be expected to be a tough battle on the night.

    Team News:

    Arsenal are still without six of their key players, though Mesut Ozil will be expected to make his return to the first team for this one, after missing out
    in the game against Stoke last weekend. Apart from that, five stars who will not be making it to the starting lineup are Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean might feature on the bench and could possibly make an appearance in the game if needed.

    For Chelsea, three players were recently out injured. Star striker Diego Costa and Eden Hazard were two of the players who might miss out on the game, though Hiddink hinted that the duo are fit for selection, though the final decision would now be his whether he wants to risk them or not in this important game. Radamel Falcao is out with a serious problem and will not be available. It will be interesting to see if the manager uses some of his youngsters or goes with his experienced stars all the way.

    Expected lineups:


    Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil, Campbell, Walcott; Giroud.


    Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Mikel, Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Costa

    Key battles:

    Giroud vs Terry:

    The Frenchman has been in good form in recent times and has scored some important goals for the Gunners. Manager Arsene Wenger would hope for more of the same from his number one striker, as the hosts will try to make use of the home advantage. ‏Giroud will be up against the likes of John Terry and his team-mates, with the former England international assigned the duty to keep his ban quiet. It will not be an easy task for the Chelsea skipper, who will have to be strong and stick to his man to limit the space that he gets.

    Ozil vs Matic:

    Mesut Ozil has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season, if not the best. Wenger will hope that the German World Cup winning superstar will create some good chances for his side to score and take back all three points. However, it would seem that one of Chelsea’s last season heroes, Nemanja Matic, should be given the responsibility to keep him quiet. It will be interesting to see who wins this battle which could decide the fate of the game.


    Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

    Betting Odds(Bet365)

    Arsenal – 11/10

    Draw – 5/2

    Chelsea – 14/5

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    EPL 2014: Preview – Arsenal vs Chelsea

  • Arsenal face table toppers Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, they lost the corresponding fixture 6-0 last season.

    Starting XIs

    Chelsea (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa. 
    Out: Drogba (ankle), Ramires (groin).

    Arsenal (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Wilshere, Flamini; Sánchez, Özil, Cazorla; Welbeck.
    Out: Arteta (calf), Debuchy (ankle), Giroud (foot), Gnabry, Walcott (both knee), Ramsey (hamstring), Sanogo (hamstring).

    Jose Mourinho has almost a fully fit squad, with only Drogba and Ramires out injured. Premier League top goal scorer Diego Costa has not been training much, but he is expected to start against Arsenal. Willian might return to the starting XI. Mourinho is expected to start fullbacks Ivanovic and Azpilicueta which means Filipe Luis still has to wait for his chance at Stamford Bridge. Former Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas is expected to start and he can be a major threat for Arsenal.

    Wenger is currently dealing with a number of injured players. Arteta and Ramsey were injured in the last league game against Tottenham Hotspur and are expected to miss the game. Jack Wilshere is back from injury and will start for Arsenal along with Flamini at the middle of the park. Welbeck is expected to start after a brilliant hat-trick against Galatasaray.  Sanchez , Ozil and Cazorla are all expected to start.

    Manager quotes:

    Arsene Wenger: “It was not a bad day [the 6-0 defeat], it was a horrendous day for us.

    “But we never forget that day and we have an opportunity to put it right. We, of course, are hugely determined and have a big hunger to put that right on Sunday. We have an opportunity to do it and I am confident that we will take the chance to do it.”

    Jose Mourinho: “I don’t apologise, he didn’t apologise. My feeling is not to go over it – forget it, to move forwards without thinking about what happened. He doesn’t need to apologise, so I don’t need an apology or to apologise.

    “Intelligent football people don’t need that, it’s finished. Let’s go for another match with big responsibilities for both of us.”

    Opta Stats:

    • Didier Drogba has scored 15 goals in 15 appearances against Arsenal in all competitions (including Emirates Cup).
    • Arsenal have lost just one of their last 14 Barclays Premier League games since defeat at Stamford Bridge in March.
    • The last time these two sides met was Arsene Wenger’s 1000th competitive game in charge of Arsenal and turned out to be his heaviest defeat (0-6).
    • Jose Mourinho has never lost as an opposition coach against Arsene Wenger in any competition (W6 D5 L0).
    • Arsenal have won away at Stamford Bridge more often than any other visiting side in the Barclays Premier League (7).
    • The last five Premier League wins Arsenal have enjoyed at Stamford Bridge have all seen the Gunners come from behind to win.
    • Arsenal have won none of their last 14 Premier League meetings against Chelsea, Man Utd or Man City (W0 D7 L7).
    • Former Gunner Cesc Fabregas leads the league with six goal assists and has 76 overall ranking him seventh in the all-time Premier League list.
    • Arsenal and Chelsea have both recovered six points from losing positions this season, the joint-most in the Premier League.
    • Chelsea have scored with 26% of their shots this season, the best chance conversion in the Premier League.
    • Arsenal have conceded 199 goals in Premier League London derbies while Chelsea have conceded 198. 


    Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

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