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The most unpredictable match of the 23rd round

Last updated: January 22, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 4pm
Venue: The Emirates Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DDWWW
Away form: DDWWD
Last season: 0-0
Competition: The Premier League

The 23rd round game of Premier League between Arsenal and Chelsea will be the 165th in the history of the Head to Head battle between these two teams. The Gunners have the advantage when they are the host team. Arsenal have won 37 of 82 matches at Highbury and The Emirates Stadium, while Chelsea have left with the three points on 23 occasions. There has also been 22 draws.

Now, The Gunners are the favourites, because they are title challengers this season. They will be desperately looking for the three points, otherwise Leicester can top the table with 3 points in front of them. But, the numbers are in Arsene Wenger’s favour. Arsenal won their last 4 home Premier League matches and haven’t lost at The Emirates since the opening day of the season, when The Gunners lost to West Ham 0-2.

Furthermore, Chelsea’s performance is average when the team plays away from Stamford Bridge. The Blues have won only 2 away matches this season! They have lost 5 of their 10 Premiership visits. So, it’ll be a very difficult match for Guus Hiddink’s players.


Team News

Radamel Falcao is still injured. The Colombian striker is suffering from a groin strain. He’s scored 1 goal in 9 matches for The Blues this season.

Jack Wilshere has not recovered from his injury yet. The midfielder is going to resume full training in February. He is still waiting for his first appearance this season.

Rosicky, Welbeck, Cazorla and Coquelin are the other injured players in Arsenal’s squad. Most of them will return to the pitch very soon.

Arsenal’s new signing Mohamed Elneny is still waiting for his first appearance in The Premier League. The ex-Basel player is a defensive midfielder and will replace Coquelin, who is injured.

Quotes of the week

arsenen wenger from arsenal Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) : “If you’re approaching a girl in a nightclub and you think she’s gonna tell you off and all that, no chance.”

guus hiddink Guus Hiddink (Chelsea) : “When I arrived, we started one point off the relegation line and now we have more room to breathe.”


Expected line-ups:

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Arsenal (4-1-4-1): Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Elneny, Oezil, Sanchez, Walcott, Ramsey, Giroud.
Subs Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini, Gibbs, Arteta, Gabriel, Campbell
Injured: Rosicky, Welbeck, Coquelin, Cazorla, Wilshere.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois, Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Obi Mikel, Hazard, Matic, Willian, Diego Costa.
Subs Begovic, Oscar, Pedro, Kenedy, Ramires, Remy, Zouma.
Injured: Falcao, Atsu, .
Doubtful:
Not available:

Key Battle

olivier giroud Giroud this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
16 (6) 1500 12 2,7 2 0 2 0
willian Willian this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
19 (2) 1630 3 1,6 3 1 3 0

So far this season

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Arsenal this season Chelsea this season
1 League Position 14
7 (6) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (2)
5-2 vs. Leicester Biggest win 3-0 vs. Crystal Palace
2 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (3)
1 (3) (at home) Losses (away) 4 (5)
0-4 to Southampton Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Man City
Giroud (12) Top scorer Diego Costa (7)
Ozil (12) Assist Leader Fabregas, Diego Costa, Willian (3)
Y20, R2 Discipline Y35, R3
5 Failures to score 5
10 Clean Sheets 6
9 Both Teams to Score Games 13
11 Over 2.5 Games 15
11 Under 2.5 Games 7
  • Chelsea won the first game of the season between these two teams. The Blues defeated The Gunners at Stamford Bridge 2-0.
  • The Blues still haven’t lost a game since Guus Hiddink became their manager. 3 victories and 4 draws for Chelsea. This match will be the first serious test for the Dutch coach.
  • Arsenal are on a run of 6 consecutive home victories (all competitions). They lost for the last time at The Emirates Stadium on 29th September 2015 (2-3 to Olympiakos).
  • There has been the option ‘over 2.5 goals’ in 6 of Chelsea’s last 7 Premier League games. In addition, The Blues have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches of The Premiership.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
19/09/15 The Premier League Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal K. Zouma 53′
02/08/15 The Community Shield Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea A. Oxlade-Chamberlain 24′
26/04/15 The Premier League Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea
05/10/14 The Premier League Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal E. Hazard (PG) 27′
22/03/14 The Premier League Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal S. Eto’o 5′