The London Derby is all set to take place once again in this season at Emirates on Wednesday. Chelsea and Arsenal, both the clubs will wish to win this encounter to keep themselves in good position in the league table. The Blues are currently situated at third position in the League Table. They are just 2 points behind their arch rival Manchester United with a game to play. They will surely try to climb up the ladder to catch Manchester City if possible. On the other hand, Arsenal are in 5th position in the League who will try to secure their qualification in the UEFA Champions League next season by winning this match.
The Blues really need to win this match prior to facing Arsenal next in the League Cup quarter final and will try their best to get a positive result at Emirates. If they drop any more points on the night, they might be more or less out of the title race, just like their domestic rivals Arsenal, who have faded away with time.
Manchester City is going all guns blazing and it will be really tough to catch hold of them, unless they really start dropping points and they will be facing Watford next. Hopefully, Watford can really pull off a miracle and make a difference to the title race.
Team News :
Olivier Giroud will not be available to play in the big London Derby due to an injury received during a Premier League match Santi Cazorla remained a long term absentee for them.
Arsene Wenger is playing with a 3-4-3 formation in this whole season. Petr Cech will start in the Arsenal Goal against Chelsea. Mustafi ,Chambers and Koscielny will be playing in the central defense for Arsenal. Bellerin and Kolasinac will play as two wing backs while Xhaka and Wilshere will feature in the heart of the midfield for Arsenal. Sanchez, Lacazette and Ozil will be leading Arsenal from the upfront.
Andreas Christensen will be available for Chelsea after missing the previous match. David Luiz is unavailable due to knee injury. Thibaut Courtois will start in Chelsea Goal while Christensen, Azpilicueta and Rudiger might start for Chelsea in three man central defense while Moses and Alonso will be there at two flanks for Chelsea. Kante and Fabregas will be there in the midfield for Chelsea. Pedro, Morata and Hazard will be there upfront for the Blues against Arsenal.
Key Players :
The combination of Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard will prove to be pivotal for the Blues in this match. Morata is in great form and his scoring in this match will be a key to success for Chelsea. On the other hand, the trio of Lacazette, Ozil and Sanchez will be up to give the challenge back to the Chelsea defense.
Predicted Starting Eleven :
Goalkeeper : Cech
Defenders : Koscielny, Mustafi, Chambers.
Midfielders : Bellerin, Wilshere, Xhaka, Kolasinac.
Attackers : Ozil, Sanchez; Lacazette.
Goalkeeper : Courtois
Defenders : Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger.
Midfielders : Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso
Attackers : Pedro, Hazard, Morata.
My Predicted Scoreline :
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea.