Arsenal vs Chelsea; Match Preview, Head to Head, Match Predictions
Struggling Arsenal host Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day, desperate for a win to lift them up the Premier League table.
The Gunners are 15th, and are enduring a torrid time as they deal with unprecedented talk of them being in a relegation battle.
Mikel Arteta’s side have won one Premier League game in their last 10 – which was the 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Chelsea turned around a run of two straight losses with an impressive 3-0 win over West Ham United at Stamford Bridge last Monday night, as Tammy Abraham scored a brace to add to an early Thiago Silva goal.
Arsenal’s tally of 14 points from 14 matches this season is actually their worst at this stage of a campaign since 1974-75. The word crisis is used too often in football but is perhaps fitting here as the Gunners continue to struggle for results and indeed performances in England’s top flight.
The North London side showed signs of improvement in their 1-1 draw against Southampton on December 16 but could not build on the point as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at Everton last weekend, which has further piled the pressure on under-fire manager Mikel Arteta.
The Gunners had a welcome break from league action on Tuesday as they faced Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup, but it was another hugely disappointing result for the club as they lost 4-1 at home to exit the competition.
If Arsenal lose this game, and Burnley and Brighton win their games over the weekend, the Gunners will find themselves just one spot above the relegation zone. The pressure is mounting on manager Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka; Willian, Lacazette, Pepe
Chelsea, meanwhile, are currently fifth in the table, having won seven, drawn four and lost three of their 14 matches this season, collecting 25 points in the process.
The Blues entered Monday’s clash with West Ham off the back of successive defeats to Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers but managed to overcome the Hammers courtesy of a first-half header from Thiago Silva and a second-half brace from Tammy Abraham.
Frank Lampard’s side have two tough matches after this one as they will welcome a dangerous Aston Villa side to Stamford Bridge on December 28 before hosting Man City in their first match of 2021.
The Blues are only six points behind league leaders Liverpool on the same number of matches but are just three points ahead of ninth-placed Aston Villa, who have two matches in hand, which is an indication of how quickly things can change due to the nature of this season’s Premier League.
Chelsea recorded back-to-back away league victories over Burnley and Newcastle United between October 31 and November 21 but have lost their last two on the road to Everton and Wolves, and Arsenal are certainly capable of making it a difficult match despite the home side’s problems this term.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva, Emerson; Mount, Jorginho, Kante; Werner, Abraham, Pulisic
Head to Head
This will be the 202nd game between Arsenal and Chelsea, and the Gunners have the advantage based on past head-to-head encounters.
Arsenal have beaten Chelsea 78 times, while losing only 65 times to the Blues. A total of 58 games have ended in draws between these two sides.
- Both teams to score
- Chelsea win either half
- CS 1-2