A London derby of epic proportions takes place at Stamford Bridge today as Arsenal seek to reclaim top spot in the Premier League against a Chelsea side in transition under Graham Potter.
In recent years many fans would have expected those roles to be reversed, but Mikel Arteta’s Gunners have been flying high this season and have lost just one league game to help them stand out as the only real contenders for the Manchester City crown at this stage of the campaign. .
Chelsea, meanwhile, face their biggest test of Potter’s budding tenure after last week’s humiliating loss to Brighton. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to face his former club in one of the many sub-plots in today’s game. BT Sport will broadcast the kick-off live and Standard Sport have both Nizaar Kinsella and Simon Collings on hand to provide expert analysis via our live blog!
Countdown to kick off
The sun is still rising over the capital as we approach the final 90 minutes before the match.
A few more chances for you…
Manchester City: 1/7
Manchester United: 50/1
Manchester United: 5/6
Odds via betting fair and subject to change.
In fact, Arsenal have won four of the last five meetings with the away team triumphing the last three in a row.
Chelsea have not beaten Arsenal at home in the Premier League since Maurizio Sarri was in charge – a late 3-2 win in August 2018.
Chelsea win: 66
Arsenal win: 81
Standard evening score prediction
Arsenal seem to have come through the hoodoo for hanging them at Stamford Bridge lately and have taken some big scalps already this season. With Chelsea floundering against Brighton, an away win looks likely.
Arsenal won 2-0.
Predicted Chelsea XI (3-4-3): Beggar; Chalobah, Silva, Koulibaly; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Cucurella; Mount, Aubameyang, Sterling.
First Arsenal squad news
Takehiro Tomiyasu will be out today but the question is whether Kieran Tierney or Oleksandr Zinchenko will start at left-back.
The Scot’s midweek goal reminded Mikel Arteta of his abilities but Zinchenko is close to returning from injury and could feature today.
First Chelsea squad news
Ben Chilwell has joined Chelsea’s growing list of injury absentees.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, Reece James, Wesley Fofana and N’Golo Kante are also injured until after the World Cup.
One question is the inclusion of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, against his former club.
How to watch
TV channel: The match will be shown on BT Sport 1 and Ultimate, with coverage starting at 11.30am before a 12pm kick-off.
Direct: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match via live stream on the BT Sport website or app.
LIVE coverage: Follow all the action here with standard sportsblog dedicated to matches. Nizaar Kinsella and Simon Collings will provide expert analysis from the field.
Source : BBN WORLD NEWS