Arsenal vs Chelsea prediction: How will Premier League fixture play out?


Chelsea can pile the misery onto a struggling Arsenal side on Boxing Day as the two London rivals meet at very different ends of the Premier League table.

Chelsea sit in fifth place, just a point off the top four and still in the Premier League title race thanks to a solid 3-0 victory over West Ham last time out in back-to-back London derbies. Frank Lampard’s side have shown glimpses of brilliance this season, and after coming through a rough patch of form through three straight games without a win, the victory over the Hammers could prove a catalyst for a strong run of form through the winter period.

Arsenal, however, find themselves in the midst of a crisis. Mikel Arteta’s side have won one of their last 10 Premier League games and are in the unfamiliar territory of a relegation fight, sitting just four points above the bottom three and desperate for a victory to turn their form around.

With doubts surrounding captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fitness and an injury to returning forward Gabriel Martinelli to boot, Arteta may be without key names for the visit of Chelsea.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Premier League clash at the Emirates.

When is it?

Arsenal vs Chelsea takes place on Boxing Day, Saturday 26 December.

What time does it start?

The match will kick off at 5:30pm GMT.

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How can I watch it?

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 5pm.

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What is the team news?

Arsenal have doubts over captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and forward Gabriel Martinelli, who only returned to action earlier this month, but Granit Xhaka is set to return from his three-match suspension.

Chelsea are expected to be without Hakim Ziyech as he continues to struggle with a hamstring problem, while both Reece James and Ben Chilwell are doubtful due to ankle and knee injuries respectively.

Predicted line-ups

Arsenal: Leno; Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka; Willian, Lacazette, Pepe.

Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva, Emerson; Mount, Jorginho, Kante; Werner, Abraham, Pulisic.

Odds

Arsenal to win: 3/1

Chelsea to win: 19/20

Draw: 27/10

Prediction

Rarely has it been the case at the Emirates that a draw is more likely than a home win, but that sums up the low morale at Arsenal right now and Chelsea are likely to feed off that with ease. With Lampard’s side setting their sights on the top four, Arsenal are unlikely to be able to get in their way. Arsenal 1-3 Chelsea

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