EPL: Chelsea Vs Arsenal - Preview, team news and expected line-ups

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London, Feb 4: League leaders Chelsea FC take on city rivals Arsenal in a crucial English Premier League (EPL) game week 24 encounter at Stamford Bridge.

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Antonio Conte's Chelsea are comfortably placed at the top of the table with lead of 9 points over second and third-placed Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal who are on 47 points from 23 matches.

From left: Antonio Conte and Arsene Wenger (Image courtesy: Chelsea and Arsenal Twitter handles)

It is a must win game for Arsene Wenger's Arsenal as another defeat or draw will put Chelsea beyond their reach and the Gunners will slowly drift away from the title race.


Kick-off: 6:00 PM (IST)

Venue: Stamford Bridge, Chelsea

Match will be telecasted LIVE on Star Networks and Hotstar.


Team News

Arsenal will miss the services of Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Santi Cazorla. While Cazorla and Ramsey are out wth injuries, Xhaka is out due to a red card he had conceded last to last game week.

Ramsey received a knock this midweek against Watford which Arsenal lost 1-2. Mohammed ElNeny is likely to fill in for Ramsey in central midfield and pair up with Francis Coquelin.

Rest of the side will remain the same with Olivier Giroud starting as front striker supported by Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi in the attacking third.

Antonio Conte, on the other hand, might make one change in the starting which drew against Liverpool midweek. Pedro might come into the starting XI replacing Willian.


Predicted line-ups

Chelsea FC

Formation: 3-4-3

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois

Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Gary Cahill

Midfielders: Victor Moses, N'Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Marcos Alonso

Strikers: Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Pedro

Chelsea formation

Arsenal FC

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech

Defenders: Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal

Midfielders: Mohammed Elneny, Francis Coquelin; Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez

Striker: Olivier Giroud

Arsenal formation

Prediction

Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

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