Opposing sides in red and blue served up a colossal ding-dong in the House of Commons this week. Now it’s Arsenal and Chelsea’s turn to do the same across London this evening.
Victory for Maurizio Sauri’s men will put them in pole position in the race for fourth spot. Success for the Gunners will see them close the gap on the Blues to just three points.
Who’ll come out on top at the Emirates? We’ve given our thoughts on a Premier League classic.
Arsenal’s home record speaks for itself. Unai Emery’s men are have lost just three of their last 37 Premier League matches at the Emirates dating back to February 2017.
Chelsea’s form has been mixed but the Blues have won three of their last four away matches in the top-flight. That’s why our traders have them down as 13/10 favourites.
Unai Emery has players returning to fitness but the back three should remain the same. Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac will stay at wing-back, although Lucas Torreira should return.
The Uruguayan terrier was sorely missed against West Ham United last week and will fancy his chances of winning the midfield battle up against the under-fire Jorginho.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are also expected to start. They pose a more significant threat than the Blues’ misfiring front line. Question marks remain over Mesut Ozil’s inclusion.
With Gonzalo Higuain still not through the door at the Bridge, Pedro, Eden Hazard and Willian are likely to get the nod from Sarri. The Blues haven’t scored more than twice in a match since late-November – that could be an issue against the goal-filled Gunners.
For the hosts, each of Lacazette’s last four goals have come at the Emirates. He’s 9/5 Anytime. That leaves Aubameyang as the Gunners’ most likely scorer in the contest.
Elsewhere, Marcos Alonso has developed a keen habit of scoring against Arsenal. He’s 5/1 to find the target for the fourth time in five Premier League matches against Emery’s men.
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