London sets to come alive with another rivalry past due to Arsenal looking to double over Chelsea this week. The match schedules for Wednesday at the Stamford Bridge, with a kickoff at 10:15 pm.
Thomas Tuchel’s men got assurance for a top-four finish following their 2-1 victory over newly-crowned champions Manchester City. On the other hand, Arsenal comes off a compelling 3-1 victory over West Brom.
The pre-show to the Champions League was nothing short of exciting as the Blues put up a spirited fight against the Citizens. Unfortunately, it was a moment full of confusion when Sergio Aguero attempted a panenka penalty that ended up looking pretty dumb.
Moreover, Hakim Ziyech came through with a typical goal followed by Marcos Alonso’s last minute strike. The Champions League final remains the main mantra for Thomas Tuchel. Additionally, they have a FA Cup final against Leicester City during the weekend.
It has been an underwhelming season for the Gunners, who saw a 25-year history in the European competition come to an end. It is a bitter end that mounts pressure on the KSE owners, with Daniel EK putting up an offer to buy the club.
However, under pressure, Mikel Arteta is playing for a major overhaul after a dismal season. KSE owners have faith in Arteta to push the Gunners through the mad. However, it remains a question whether he would receive funding during the summer window.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Head to Head
Both sides have 39 games against each other, with Chelsea taking 18 wins while Arsenal with 13 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Man City 1-2 Chelsea
- Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid
- Chelsea 2-0 Fulham
- Real Madrid 1-1 Chelsea
- West Ham 0-1 Chelsea
- Arsenal 3-1 West Brom
- Arsenal 0-0 Villarreal
- Newcastle 0-2 Arsenal
- Villarreal 2-1 Arsenal
- Arsenal 0-1 Everton
Chelsea Team News
Tuchel revealed that Mateo Kovacic is on a recovery path but won’t be available against Arsenal, but hopes remain for the FA Cup final. Andreas Christensen expects some time on the sidelines after a thigh injury. Kurt Zouma expects to start to give Thiago Silva an extended break on the sidelines.
Arsenal Team News
Alexander Lacazette is back in action with a knack for scoring against the London outfit. Thomas Partey returns to the fold after starting on the substitutes bench last time out. Kieran Tierney is fit enough to start at left-back.
Prediction and Odds
Tuchel’s side is currently a free-flowing unit; thus, we expect a high intense encounter in the London Derby.
- Both Teams to Score
- Goals Over 2.5