Two of London’s teams face off on Wednesday night in a London derby. Chelsea, who are flying high under Thomas Tuchel take on Mediocre Arsenal under Mikel Arteta. The 2 teams are in total contrasting forms. Chelsea are both in the F.A cup and UEFA Champions League finals and are also sure of finishing in the top four and featuring in European football next season while Arsenal, who have produced a very inconsistent performance throughout the season, having recently been knocked out of the Europa League semifinals last week against the former coach, Unai Emery’s Villarreal.
Chelsea, who recently beat Manchester City in the premier league last weekend at the Etihad are in pole position to get all three points in this contest owning to their current form. Arsenal won the reverse fixture back on December 3-1, then the blues were still under the guidance of club legend, Frank Lampard but since Thomas Tuchel took over, the blues have gone unbeaten against all the big sides they have played against, including in the Champions League, where they knocked out both Atletico Madrid, FC Porto and Real Madrid, conceding just 2 goals in the process.
They would face Leicester City this weekend in the F.A cup finals and as such, we expect them to field a relatively composed side against an inconsistent and shaky Gunners defence.
The blues have very few players on the treatment table. Mateo Kovacic is the most notable absentee from the team but this might come too quick for him to make a return before the F.A cup finals at the weekend. A rejuvenated Andreas Christensen picked up an injury in the weekend clash against Manchester City and Thomas Tuchel would be cautious about rushing him back into the starting line up. We expect Ngolo Kante to be rested and Jorginho to be brought back into the starting line up after coming from the bench against Manchester City at the weekend.
Kepa, Chilwell, Zouma, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Hudson Odoi, Mount, Giroud, Abraham, Havertz
Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang is expected to return to the Starting line up after being dropped to the bench against Newcastle at the weekend. Former Chelsea employee, David Luiz should sit out this one due to injury. Pablo Mari Should join him on the treatment table. Granite Xhaka’s inclusion is still a doubt unless he passes a late fitness test.
Leno, Holding, Gabriel, Bellerin, Tierney, Elneny, Partey, Saka, Willian, Martinelli, Aubameyang.
DID YOU KNOW?
*Chelsea have not lost a game to any top 6 sides since Thomas Tuchel took over, conceding just one goal in the process.
*Arsenal are still unbeaten in all mid-week premier league games against Chelsea at Stamford bridge.
*Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 4 meetings with Chelsea in all competitions.
With the current form of the blues, expect them to come out with all 3 points.
CHELSEA 2 – 0 ARSENAL
Match Preview by Patrick Alexander