Arsenal v Chelsea : English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 25-12-2020 4:30 pm (2 months ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
- at 25-12-2020 04:30 PM (2 months ago)

Date :Saturday 26th December,2020
Time: 6:30 pm
Stadium Emirates Stadium
Referee Michael Oliver (England)
Goal Scorer:

Team News:

Arsenal's main fitness doubt surrounds captain Aubameyang, who has missed the team's last two matches with a calf problem. The Gabon international might be available for selection but could ultimately be used off the bench due to the nature of the issue.

Gabriel Martinelli is also a doubt, having taken a blow to his shin during the EFL Cup defeat to Man City, while Thomas Partey will again miss out due to a thigh problem.

Granit Xhaka has now served his three-game suspension and will be available, though, and it would not be a surprise to see the Switzerland international return to the starting XI on Saturday night.

There will be changes from the side that started in the EFL Cup with Bernd Leno, Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka all returning, but Lacazette could keep his spot ahead of Nketiah.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka; Willian, Lacazette, Pepe
Arsenal Premier League form: DLLLDL
Arsenal form (all competitions): LWLDLL

As for Chelsea, Hakim Ziyech remains on the sidelines with a thigh problem, while Reece James and Ben Chilwell are both huge doubts for the visitors ahead of the contest.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Emerson Palmieri are therefore expected to start in the full-back positions at the Emirates Stadium, but Lampard is expected to stick with the bulk of the XI that started against West Ham.

As a result, Havertz could again be left on the bench with Werner and Christian Pulisic playing alongside Abraham in the final third of the field, while Jorginho and Mason Mount should feature alongside N'Golo Kante in the middle of the park.

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva, Emerson; Mount, Jorginho, Kante; Werner, Abraham, Pulisic
Chelsea Premier League form: WDWLLW
Chelsea form (all competitions): WWDLLW

Head To Head
Arsenal lead the overall head to head between these two teams, with the Gunners boasting 78 wins to Chelsea's 65, while there have also been 58 draws throughout history.

Arteta's side beat Chelsea 2-1 in last season's FA Cup final, while they picked up a point in a 2-2 draw when the two sides locked horns at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League back in January.

The Blues recorded a 2-1 victory in the corresponding game at the Emirates Stadium last December, but there has not been too much between the two sides in recent years, with four of their last six meetings in England's top flight finishing all square.

Prediction: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

Posted: at 25-12-2020 04:30 PM (2 months ago) | Hero