Arsenal vs. Chelsea: Premier League – Match Preview

Arsenal desperately need a result when they host Chelsea on Boxing Day as they flirt closer with the relegation zone.

Arsenal were beaten by Everton in the league last weekend, conceding a Yerry Mina winner on the stroke of half-time.

They were also thrashed in the EFL Cup, losing 4-1 at home to Manchester City, with Alex Runarsson having a nightmare in goal.

Chelsea ended a run of two consecutive defeats with an easy 3-0 win at home to West Ham United last Monday.

Thiago Silva opened the scoring, with Tammy Abraham scoring twice late on.

Premier League form: Arsenal W0 D1 L4; Chelsea W3 D0 L2
Premier League top scorers
Arsenal – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang & Alexandre Lacazette 3 goals each
Chelsea – Tammy Abraham 5 goals

Match history
Chelsea took four points off Arsenal last season, including a very late 2-1 victory at the Emirates with Abraham scoring the winner.

Arsenal got revenge in the FA Cup final though, recovering from a goal down to win 2-1.

Last five Premier League meetings
Chelsea 2 Arsenal 2 – 21/01/20
Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2 – 29/12/19
Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0 – 19/01/19
Chelsea 3 Arsenal 2 – 18/08/18
Arsenal 2 Chelsea 2 – 03/01/18

Team news
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a doubt having missed the last two matches with a groin injury.

Granit Xhaka is back from suspension; however may have to make do with a spot on the bench.

Regular full-backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James are likely to miss the trip to the Emirates.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Emerson will likely deputise.

Expected starting XI’s
Arsenal (3-4-3): Leno; Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Ceballos, Saka; Pepe, Nketiah, Willian
Chelsea (4-3-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva, Emerson; Kovacic, Mount, Kante; Pulisic, Abraham, Werner

Predictions

Result: Chelsea
Arsenal have failed to win in their last seven Premier League matches

Correct Score: 1-2
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in the last four meetings between the two in all competitions

Anytime Goalscorer: Tammy Abraham
Abraham scored the winner at the Emirates last season and is in good form after his brace against West Ham

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