Arsenal vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on October 29, 2013

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Arsenal welcome London rivals Chelsea to the Emirates tonight in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

The Gunners head into the game in fine form after cementing their place at the top of the Premier League with a hard fought 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger’s men have gone over eight years since last winning a trophy and the League Cup could represent their best chance to end that drought if they can overcome one of the favourites tonight.

Jose Mourinho’s men are hot on the trail of Arsenal in the league, moving to within two points after a last-gasp 2-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday.

The Portuguese coach had a rocky relationship with his opposite number during his first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge but the pair claim they have since settled their differences, although you wouldn’t bet against a few fireworks in on the touchline this evening.

Team News

Arsene Wenger is expected to rotate his squad with several first team players given a well-earned rest.

Midfielder Mathieu Flamini is facing three weeks on the sidelines with a groin injury picked up at the weekend while Mikel Arteta is suspended after being sent off in the same game.

Wenger has confirmed youngster Isaac Hayden will start and he could be joined by Jack Wilshere in midfield after the England ace was passed fit despite carrying an ankle knock.

Ryo Miyaichi, Nicklas Bendtner and Tomas Rosicky could all start while Serge Gnabry is also expected to feature if he can prove his fitness after suffering an ankle problem against Palace.

Youngsters Thomas Eisfeld and Gideon Zalalem are both struggling with injuries and could join Theo Walcott, Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby on the sidelines.

Mourinho is also expected to shuffle his pack but has back-tracked on an earlier threat to play a youth team for the game in protest at having to play the fixture just 48 hours after their clash with City.

While the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Frank Lampard and John Terry are all expected to be left out, the Blues will still field a strong line-up that may include full international’s such as Juan Mata, Demba Ba, Michael Essien, David Luiz and Willian.

Youngsters Keven De Bruyne and Tomas Kalas could also get a chance to impress while veteran Mark Schwarzer is likely to start in goal.

Predicted Line-Ups

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Key Man

Juan Mata: If the Spaniard starts he will certainly be the man Arsenal will need to pay close attention to. He has suffered from inconsistent form this season but is still world class on his day and has punished the Gunners in the past.

Predicted Score

Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea: We can see this being a close game that may well go all the way to penalties, in which case it will be a coin flip for who will progress to the quarter finals.

What would be your preferred starting eleven and whats your score prediction? Share your thoughts below.

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25 Comments

  1. Ogban

    October 29, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Chelsea will beat us. They have a better team. No thanks to injuries which have further decimated an already shallow squad

  2. Abdullahi suleiman

    October 29, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Arsenal will surprise chelsea with 2-1 victory despite with young stars.

  3. pvzulu

    October 29, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Chelsea ve an upper hand over we the gunners but still ve to wait for 90+ minutes

  4. Edward

    October 29, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    no…I disagree wth that we still have a chance of beating Chelsea

    • macauley

      October 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Chelsea 3.arsenal.1

    • macauley

      October 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Can arsenal beat chelsea again I dnt tink so

  5. Emman Ekpenyong

    October 29, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    God wil help my Arsenal FC

    • expo

      October 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      God is only 4 Arsenal. The better team wins

  6. chidera obinwa

    October 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    chelse wil beat arsenal 3.1 ,goals frm mata,ba,and de brunye

  7. Abdullahi suleiman

    October 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    With brave nothing is difficult keep hope alive(victory shall be ours tonight).

  8. Emmanuel Braide

    October 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    up gunners…i don’t see arsenal winning chelsea because of (1) Mourinho’s record against arsene wenger and (2) chelsea have a better squad than arsenal.?

  9. Emmanuel Braide

    October 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    up gunners…i don’t see arsenal winning chelsea because of (1) Mourinho’s record against arsene wenger and (2) chelsea have a better squad than arsenal.

  10. raheem rasag

    October 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Arsenal wit beat chelsea 3 2

  11. Oladele

    October 29, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    We are going to surprise chelsea tonight by winning them 2 zero
    up Gunner let keep faith alive

    • Oladele

      October 29, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Amen

  12. Maurice Eyo

    October 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Victory ahead 2 all my chelsea fans,go God is with us,blue blood 4 life

  13. Ab

    October 29, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Let’s wait till 90mins. added time!

  14. enocher

    October 29, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    arsenal shud not expkt miracles they ended with jesus..blus 3 guners 1

  15. Naveen

    October 29, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Chelsea should win this game. Their second team is nearly as skilled as their first.

  16. maada mansaray

    October 29, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    chlsea will taste another defeat with just two shots, one with the head another with a right foot, up gunners, this is our season and nothing gonna stop up.

  17. okoro okwudiri

    October 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    i ave already kill chicken 4our celebration after beat arsenal 1 vs 5 chelsea 2nite up mourinho

  18. okoro okwudiri

    October 29, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    i ave already kill chicken 4our celebration after beat arsenal 1 vs 5 chelsea 2nite up mourinho up mata up william

  19. Ibrahim ubale

    October 29, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Arsenal 2-1 chealse arsenal win for chealse

  20. dtbello

    October 29, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I think Chelsea still own a upper hand. for today’s match if and Only If the predicted line up is really

  21. Mayournizing

    October 29, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    well wit wat i hav read ahead mine iz chelsea wil beat arsenal becuz we av a good squad 2nite…. Xo up chelsea

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