Preview - Chelsea vs Arsenal 22 January 20

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Match Day 23
Chelsea vs. Arsenal
Wednesday, January 22nd 2020
04:15am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Last five matches form: L W D W L
Average goals per match: 1.70
Average goals against per match: 1.30
Top Scorer: Tammy Abraham (13)

Last five matches form: D L W D D
Average goals per match: 1.30
Average goals against per match: 1.39
Top Scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (14)

The pick of the Match Day 24 encounters comes at Stamford Bridge, as fourth placed Chelsea play host to tenth placed Arsenal in this London derby affair. Chelsea are looking to solidify their grip on Champion's League qualification - something which is a mere pipe dream for the Gunners at this stage.

Chelsea picked up all three points in the reverse of this fixture courtesy of a 2-1 success at the Emirates. Things also went the Blues way in the game here last season, with Chelsea coming out on top in a 3-2 thriller.

Marco van Ginkel, Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all expected to be out for the home side. Arsenal will be without the injured trio of Calum Chambers, Reiss Nelson and Kieran Tierney, in addition to the suspended Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.

Chelsea head into the game licking their wounds a little on the back of a last gasp, and undeserved, defeat at Newcastle. They will be looking to improve on their home record though, with a total of five wins from eleven being below what is expected really. Lampard believes they need more of a goal threat - an opinion largely backed up by the fact that they have scored one or fewer goals in six of eleven here.

Arsenal have at least been fairly solid of late with just the one defeat in their past six - four of those games have been draws though - no side has drawn more games than the Gunners in the Premier League so far this season. They have only lost three of eleven on the road - but again six of those games have finished all square. They have scored more than once in only three of those games.

Chelsea had a lot of the ball against Newcastle, but didn't really do all that much with it. That must be a concern coming into this against an Arsenal side who aren't the threat they once were going forward, but do tend to be good at keeping in games.

Prediction: Chelsea 1 - 1 Arsenal


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots: 19 - 2
Shots on target: 8 - 2
Corner Kicks: 17 - 5
Possession: 59% - 41%

Emerson and Andreas Christensen were booked for the home side in this one, with Matteo Guendouzi of the away side also having his name taken by referee Start Attwell. The key incident from a disciplinary perspective though came in the 26th minute when David Luiz of Arsenal was shown a straight red card against his former club.

That sending off was the first major incident of the game. A diabolical back-pass from Shkodran Mustafi putting his side in all kinds of trouble. Tammy Abraham latching onto it and rounding the keeper before being sent tumbling to the turf by Luiz. A red card and a penalty kick the inevitable result. Jorginho stepping up to calmly despatch into the bottom right. 1-0 after 28 minutes and Arsenal up against it.

And that's the way it stayed until half time.

The Gunners equalised in the 63rd minute when hitting at lightning pace following a Chelsea corner. Gabriel Martinelli picking up the ball around ten yards outside his own area, initially looking to have mis-controlled around halfway, he was aided by a slip from N'Golo Kante allowing him to continue his jet-propelled progress into the area from where he finished into the bottom right from close to the penalty spot.

Chelsea then looked to have won it six minutes from time. Callum Hudson-Odoi playing in a dangerous low cross from out on the left and Cesar Azpilicueta pouncing to stab home into the bottom left from the edge of the six-yard box to the left.

Credit to Arsenal though. Ten men or not, they came back again. Hector Bellerin receiving the ball in the right corner of the eighteen-yard box and being allowed to fashion space for the shot. It didn't look to be the greatest of strikes, but it was at least well-placed, and in it went to the bottom left corner. 1-1 final score.

Chelsea stay fourth and six points ahead of Manchester United ahead of the Red Devils home clash with Burnley. Arsenal remain in tenth spot.

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