Sunday, May 26, 2024

Prediction: Arsenal vs Chelsea

Verdict: Arsenal win

Best Odds: 4/7

Bookmaker: Olympusbet

In what is a heavyweight London derby on Tuesday night, Arsenal will welcome Chelsea to the Emirates.

Arsenal

Starting with the hosts, managing to make what was a crucial return to winning ways over the weekend, Arsenal will know the importance of using that performance as a platform to build on. Eventually claiming a deserved 2-0 victory away at Wolves, Mikel Arteta’s young squad still find themselves at the heart of a Premier League title scrap. Finding a route back to the top of the table, the Gunners will be desperate to make a heavyweight statement of intent on Tuesday night. Despite suffering major Champions League frustration away at German giants Bayern Munich last week as they suffered a 3-2 aggregate defeat, Arsenal have lost just a single Premier League appearance since opening the New Year. Facing what is rightfully pencilled in as a must-win showdown at the Emirates, Arteta’s side will be more than aware that they have a huge amount of pressure on their shoulders here.

Team News

Picking up a late knock and missing out away at Wolves over the weekend, Arsenal are once again expected to be without Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu on Tuesday night. Likewise, despite recently returning to first-team training, former Ajax defender Jurrien Timber still remains on the sidelines with a long-term knee injury.

Finding the net against Wolves on Saturday night and now recording three goals in his last five appearances across all competitions, ex-Brighton star Leandro Trossard will keep his spot from the start. Handed a full recall Molineux over the weekend, Poland international Jakub Kiwior should once again feature at left-back.

Chelsea

As for the visitors, suffering FA Cup heartbreak at Wembley over the weekend as they suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Manchester City, Chelsea will be desperate to make an immediate response here. Although there might have been plenty of scrutiny over Mauricio Pochettino’s future at Stamford Bridge past the summer, it does appear that the Blues have turned a recent corner on either side of March’s international break. Last seen in Premier League action storming their way to a stunning 6-0 romp against relegation scrappers Everton, the former Tottenham boss has seen his squad taste just a single defeat from any of their previous nine appearances across all competitions. However, despite setting their sights on a dramatic late European charge, Chelsea have gained a reputation for their extended issues outside of west London. In fact, Pochettino’s men have won just a trio of their last 13 showdowns away from Stamford Bridge.

Team News

Still dealing with a stacked injury list at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will travel across the capital without the likes of Reece James, Levi Colwill, Wesley Fofana, Robert Sanchez and former RB Leipzig ace Christopher Nkunku on Tuesday night. However, England international Raheem Sterling is free to feature after overcoming a minor knock over the weekend.

Continuing on what has been a stunning run of form and notching 20 Premier League goals so far this season, the red-hot Cole Palmer will certainly play a leading role in north London. Now starting in each of Chelsea’s last three appearances from the start, veteran defender Thiago Silva should once again partner Trevor Chalobah at the back.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Arsenal and Chelsea met for their reverse Premier League battle on October 21st, Tuesday’s opponents played out a 2-2 stalemate at Stamford Bridge.
    • The Gunners have collected 10 points from their previous four Premier League meetings against Chelsea.
    • Despite a 2-0 loss against Aston Villa on April 14th, that is the only Premier League defeat that Arsenal have suffered since opening the New Year.
    • Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat against Manchester City was the first loss that Chelsea have suffered from their previous nine appearances across all competitions.
    • The Blues have won just a trio of their previous 13 appearances away from Stamford Bridge.

    Conclusion

    Making what was a crucial return to winning ways over the weekend as they secured a 2-0 victory away at Wolves, Arsenal will know the importance of making another statement here. Finding a route back to the top of the Premier League table, the Gunners will also be excited by an eye-catching record against Tuesday’s guests. Snatching 10 points from just their last four Premier League meetings against Chelsea, we are expecting a similar outcome at the Emirates in midweek.

    Verdict: Arsenal win

    Best Odds: 4/7

    Bookmaker: Olympusbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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