Chelsea vs Arsenal Preview

Chelsea vs Arsenal

Competition – Barclays Premier League

Stadium – Stamford Bridge

Date: 18th August 2018

Kick-off time – 17:30 GMT

Chelsea did not get the best of starts under Maurizio Sarri after the Italian replaced Antonio Conte this summer.

They scored just three goals in his first four games and were completely outclassed by Manchester City in the Community Shield.

However, on the Premier League’s opening weekend they gave the clearest indication that they are finally ready to play ‘Sarri-ball’.

The Blues ran out 3-0 winners over Huddersfield at the difficult John Smith Stadium, thanks to goals from N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro.

Playing Arsenal will be a tougher game, but with Eden Hazard expected to make his first start of the season, they can still get maximum points in front of their fans with a good performance.

Arsenal made a better start under Unai Emery in pre-season beating a reserve side PSG 5-1.

However, when the competitive fixtures started last weekend, they showed just how much work Unai Emery has on his hands in transforming the team.

The Gunners were outran, outclassed and out-thought by Manchester City who ran out 2-0 winners at the Emirates with goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva.

This game is another tough fixture however it is just the kind of oppositions they need to be facing and winning against to prove that they are still a force to reckon with.

The last six times these teams met, five of those matches have ended in draws, with Arsenal winning the other fixture.

The Gunners have failed to score in four of their last five Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea winning four of these five encounters.

Bookmakers make Chelsea odds-on favourites to come out on top in this tie.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Chelsea

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Huddersfield Town 0-3 Chelsea 11 Aug, 2018 English Premier League
W Chelsea 0-0 Lyon 7 Aug, 2018 International Champions Cup
L Chelsea 0-2 Manchester City 5 Aug, 2018 English FA Community Shield
L Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea 1 Aug, 2018 International Champions Cup
W Chelsea 1-1 Internazionale 28 Jul, 2018 International Champions Cup

Arsenal

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City 12 Aug, 2018 English Premier League
W Arsenal 2-0 Lazio 4 Aug, 2018 Friendly
W Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea 1 Aug, 2018 International Champions Cup
W Arsenal 5-1 Paris Saint-Germain 28 Jul, 2018 International Champions Cup
L Atletico Madrid 1-1 Arsenal 26 Jul, 2018 International Champions Cup

H2H

DATE COMPETITION
Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea 24 Jan, 2018 English Carabao Cup
Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal 10 Jan, 2018 English Carabao Cup
Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea 3 Jan, 2018 English Premier League
Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal 17 Sep, 2017 English Premier League


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