Chelsea journey to the Emirates to face Arsenal in Saturday’s late kick off because the battle for the highest 4 gathers tempo.
With Chelsea six factors away from Arsenal and Manchester United, a win for Maurizio Sarri would open up a wholesome hole between themselves and the Gunners, however Manchester United may very well be simply three factors off fourth place by kick off in north London, because the Pink Devils face Brighton at 3pm.
A defeat for Arsenal would give Unai Emery a mountain to climb to succeed in the qualification locations for the Champions League, whereas a win for Chelsea would see them leapfrog Tottenham Hotspur in third, at the very least till Spurs journey to Fulham on Sunday.
Try 90min’s preview of Saturday’s conflict.
The place to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Saturday 19 January|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||17:30 GMT|
|The place Is It Performed?||Emirates Stadium|
|TV Channel/Dwell Stream?||BT Sport 1|
Lucas Torreira was rested in Arsenal’s 1-Zero defeat to West Ham United final Saturday however ought to return to the beginning eleven, as ought to Hector Bellerin who got here off the bench in that sport.
The massive query mark will centre over the participation of Mesut Ozil, who did not make the squad for the West Ham defeat regardless of being obtainable.
Alvaro Morata is uncertain for Chelsea with a hamstring drawback, however Sarri may have a brand new quantity 9 by Saturday night as a transfer for Gonzalo Higuain grows ever nearer.
Gonzalo Higuain from Milan to Chelsea, right here we go! ✅
Settlement reached between Juventus and Chelsea for Higuain: mortgage + purchase possibility for six months; it may be prolonged as mortgage additionally for one… https://t.co/5QgBR3utkD
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 16, 2019
If the deal is accomplished, it might come too quickly for the Argentinian with Eden Hazard anticipated to guide the road in a false 9 function.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek stays on the sidelines for the Blues, with Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic jostling for the third midfield spot.
|Arsenal||Leno; Shouldafi, Sokratis, Koscielny; Bellerin, Guendouzi, Torreira, Monreal; Aubameyang, Lacazette, Iwobi|
|Chelsea||Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Hazard, Pedro|
Head to Head File
Either side met in August as Marcos Alonso’s winner gave Chelsea a 3-2 win however Arsenal followers will really feel they need to have gained comfortably with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan lacking big first half probabilities.
Arsenal’s 3-Zero win in opposition to Chelsea in 2016/17 was their first win over the Blues since 2011, however the Gunners do have the higher general file on this fixture, with 75 wins in comparison with the Blues’ 63 in all competitions.
“The Carabao Cup is just like the Champions League”.
The Chelsea supervisor will apparently say something for a free case of vitality drinks.
— Paddy Energy (@paddypower) January 8, 2019
Of their final match Arsenal fell to a 1-Zero defeat to West Ham and have managed simply two wins from their earlier 5 video games. This run contains the 5-1 away defeat to Liverpool in December and has resulted within the Gunners being caught by a resurgent Man Utd.
Chelsea unconvincingly beat Newcastle United 2-1 final weekend and have discovered objectives to be a uncommon commodity of late. Earlier than the Newcastle sport, Sarri’s males had failed to attain in three of their earlier six video games in all competitions.
Right here’s how every group has carried out of their final 5 league fixtures:
|West Ham United 1-Zero Arsenal (12/01)||Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle United (12/01)|
|Arsenal 4-1 Fulham (01/01)||Chelsea 0-Zero Southampton (02/01)|
|Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal (29/12)||Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea (30/12)|
|Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Arsenal (26/12)||Watford 1-2 Chelsea (26/12)|
|Arsenal 3-1 Burnley (22/12)||Chelsea 0-1 Leicester Metropolis (22/12)|
Each groups could also be too afraid to go all out for a win, as a defeat for Arsenal may massively dent their prime 4 probabilities and Chelsea gained’t wish to let Arsenal again into that race.
If Chelsea get into their rhythm and Jorginho is ready to dictate play, one thing he has struggled to do not too long ago, then Arsenal may very well be in for a troublesome night. With the Pink Devils respiration down their necks, the Blues should throw off the shackles and do their utmost to sneak a win.
One purpose might nick it, however it actually may go both approach.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea