Chelsea Vs. Arsenal
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday 20th January
Result Last Season: Chelsea 3 Arsenal 5
Chelsea welcome Arsenal to the bridge tomorrow, hoping not to have a repeat of last seasons result.
The blues were ‘outgunned’ 5-3 courtesy of a Robin Van Persie hat-trick.
Chelsea will be favourites but the European champions have struggled of late. Since thumping Aston Villa 8-0 back in December, the blues have failed to win at home in three attempts.
Midweek, Rafa Benitez’s men let a two-goal lead slip to Southampton, which resulted in a 2-2 draw. Whereas Arsenal won 1-0 against Swansea in their FA Cup Third Round Replay.
There are no new injury concerns for the Gunners who are currently eight points behind the Blues with a game in hand.
Laurent Koscielny is back from his one-match suspension. The French defender was sent off last Sunday for a foul on Manchester City’s striker, Edin Dzeko.
It has been reported Mikel Arteta may return tomorrow. The Spaniard was expected to be out with a calf strain for three weeks but may return ahead of time.
My Arsenal XI Vs Chelsea
Sagna Mertesacker Vermaelen Gibbs
Walcott Giroud The Ox
The midfield is going to be crucial tomorrow. If we go by my team line-up, it’s going to to be Arteta, Wilshere and Cazorla Vs Hazard, Mata and Oscar (possibly). All six players are capable of changing the game.
Both defences have been guilty of losing focus when it matters most; Chelsea conceding a two-goal lead to Southampton and Arsenal not switching on for Man City’s first goal.
My Prediction: Chelsea 2 Arsenal 2