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

Chelsea entertain Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime as two of this seasons title contenders go head to head at Stamford Bridge. Here’s a preview with team news.

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Chelsea entertain Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime as two of this seasons title contenders go head to head at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues head into the weekend action sitting four points off Liverpool and Arsenal but with the chasing pack holding games in hand, it’s all to play for at the top of the league.

Chelsea warmed up for the game with a routine 2-0 win over Galatasaray on Tuesday night to book their place in the quarter finals of the Champions League, where they’ll now play PSG after being paired with the French giants in Friday’s draw.

However, Jose Mourinho will be looking to get back to winning ways in the league after a shock 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa last Saturday, in a game which saw two Chelsea players and Mourinho himself sent off.

Arsene Wenger celebrates his 1,000th game in charge as Arsenal boss tomorrow and he would love to mark the occasion with a win over the Blues. However, to do so he’ll not only have to end Mourinho’s long unbeaten league run at the Bridge but he’ll also have to do something he’s never done, and that’s beat the ‘Special One’ having lost five and drawn five of their previous 10 matches against each other.

The Gunners kept themselves in the hunt for their first title since 2004 win a 1-0 win over north London rivals Tottenham last weekend, which sees them come into the game boasting the best away record in the division.

Team News

Chelsea will be without Ramires and Willian after the pair were sent off against Aston Villa last weekend. Nemanja Matic is almost certain to return after being ineligible in midweek while David Luiz could also come in to play in the holding midfield role.

Ashley Cole misses the chance to face his former side after failing to recover from a knee injury, while Fernando Torres and Andre Schurrle are pushing for recalls.

Arsenal have a doubt over Tomas Rosicky with the Czech midfielder facing a late fitness test on an ankle knock. Mathieu Flamini is in-line for a recall to solidify the midfield while January signing Kim Kallstrom is also in contention.

However, Wenger will have to continue without Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby, who all remained sidelined through injury.

Likely Line-Ups

Key Man

Eden Hazard: The Belgian attacker has been in excellent form in recent weeks and Arsenal are going to have to find a way to stop his link-up play with the likes of Oscar if they want to keep Chelsea out.

Predicted Score

Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal: The best home record meets the best away record so there can only be one outcome, right? We can see the two sides playing out a score draw in a feisty game at the Bridge.

What team would you like to see start the game and what’s your predicted score? Share your views below.

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Ahmed oniwonlu

    March 21, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Scszeny sagna per kosc gibbs flamini arteta ox cazorla podolski giroud. Score: 1 – 3 in favour of Arsenal.

  2. sojistar

    March 21, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Let’s c wat is going 2 happen 2morrow

  3. Omolade Fatiu

    March 21, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Wish all the Chelsea players good lock against Arsenal. Also wish Chelsea FC all the three point in tomorrow’s match

  4. opfash

    March 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    CHELSEA WILL BEAT ARSENAL 3:0. PLS MARK MY PREDICTION!!!

  5. john

    March 21, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Chelsea 3 arsenal 1

  6. flexi yunisa

    March 21, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Chelsea will beat arsenal 2-1

  7. Seyigreg

    March 22, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Expect the blues to win. I predict Chelsea 2 Vs Arsenal 0 but then expect keenly contested game… Up Chelsea…

  8. SANYU CLEMENT

    March 22, 2014 at 3:01 am

    we are going to crush Arsenal 4-1

  9. oseni olushola hammed

    March 22, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Arsenal can not beat chelsea especially at the bridge we are winnig the game by 3 goals to 1,up blue up jose.

  10. oseni olushola hammed

    March 22, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Arsenal can not beat chelsea especially at the bridge we are winnig the game by 3 goals to 1.

  11. oseni olushola hammed

    March 22, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Jose should please start start sallah instead of shurlle.

  12. Frank

    March 22, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Chl will beat arsenal 2-0

  13. abubakar sadiq

    March 22, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Up chelsea

  14. emiola

    March 22, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Chealse will need beat arsenal if we wont to carry the cup

  15. Emmanuel

    March 22, 2014 at 7:24 am

    This is a game of football in which anything can happen though might b right that chelsea will beat arsenal due to their home record and for the fact that chelsea have been winning the game as of recent but remember record are meant to be broken and in the game of football anything can happen.

  16. Idris ovoko

    March 22, 2014 at 7:33 am

    I like 2 see dis line ups, Cech Ivanovic Azpilicuete John Terry Cahill Luis Matic Scharrle Hazard Oscar an Torres

  17. befo adeolu

    March 22, 2014 at 8:29 am

    It goin 2 b a huge game bt chelsea is goin 2 win 2 -1

  18. abel seko

    March 22, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Arsenal 2-0 chelsea

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