Big Match Preview - Chelsea vs Arsenal 17 Sep

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Chelsea v Arsenal - who will prevail?

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Sep 14, 2017, 10:29 PM Last Edit: Sep 22, 2017, 12:08 PM by Bensergi
Chelsea vs Arsenal

Big Match Preview:
Eden Hazard is set for his first full start of the season. The Belgian playmaker made an appearance off the bench for 30 minutes in Chelsea's 6-0 thrashing of Qarabag in midweek and is expected to be ready for this London derby.
That could be bad news for Cesc Fabregas as the Spaniard, who played the full 90 minutes against Qarabag, could be overlooked in favour of a dynamic midfield duo of Tiemoue Bakayoko and N'Golo Kante.
Alvaro Morata, who has scored three EPL goals, all of them headers, is expected to lead the attack.
Arsenal regained some lost pride with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth last weekend. New signing Alexandre Lacazette was on the score-sheet.
Both teams have met three times in the past four months, with the Gunners winning an epic FA Cup final last campaign and the Community Shield. The Blues won the odd one out, a friendly in China.

Big Team news:
There are no fresh injury concerns for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte - Danny Drinkwater may be available after suffering from a calf problem.
Arsenal will continue to be without Santi Carzorla and Francis Coquelin.
Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere may be on the bench if he comes through the Europa League game against Cologne unscathed.
Calum Chambers may also be available after a groin strain.

Big Stat 1: Chelsea have won all of their last five home league games against Arsenal.
Big Stat 2: Eden Hazard has scored in three of the last four matches against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
Big Stat 3: Arsene Wenger is set to face Chelsea for the 59th time as Arsenal manager, the most against a set of opoonents.

Fastgoal's prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal


Match Stats:

  • Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal
  • Shots: 17-13
  • Possession: 51%-49%
  • Corner kicks: 5-1

Arsenal ended a five-match losing streak at Stamford Bridge as they drew 0-0 with 10-man Chelsea.

A goalless first half had a couple of big chances. Pedro was put through for the hosts but was denied by Petr Cech, while Aaron Ramsey hit a post for Arsenal, with Alexandre Lacazette skying the rebound.

There were fewer opportunities after the break despite the introductions of Alexis Sanchez and Eden Hazard.

Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi thought he had scored on 75 minutes, but was offside when heading in Granit Xhaka's free-kick.

On 87 minutes, David Luiz received a straight red card for a high tackle on Sead Kolasinac but the Gunners could not make their man advantage count.

Chelsea stay third, three points off the top, while Arsenal are 12th.

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