2016-17 English Premier League: Chelsea vs. Arsenal Preview, Where to Watch and Live Stream
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Granit Xhaka of Arsenal (L) tackles N’Golo Kante of Chelsea (R) during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo : Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Week 24 of the 2016-17 English Premier League season kicks off with Chelsea vs. Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are nine points clear of the third-placed Gunners in the EPL table. However, Arsenal has Chelsea’s number since they won their first meeting 3-0 back on September 24, 2016.
Since that loss, Chelsea went on a tear as they took over first place and left all 19 teams in the dust. The Blues are coming off a 1-1 draw at Liverpool in midweek. David Luiz scored a wonder goal via free kick in the 24th minute before the team conceded a goal in the 57th, per Sky Sports.
Diego Costa missed the game-winning penalty late in the match as Simon Mignolet saved his shot. Nevertheless, the Blues maintained their lead over Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
On the other hand, Arsenal suffered defeat in midweek against Watford 2-1. It was an embarrassing performance for the Gunners as they allowed two early goals inside 13 minutes. The comeback attempt fell short as Alex Iwobi scored in the 58th minute.
Where to Watch Chelsea vs. Arsenal
The showdown between Chelsea and Arsenal is on Saturday, February 4 at Stamford Bridge in Fulham, London, England. The match starts at 6:30 a.m. EST and 12:30 p.m. BST.
Chelsea vs. Arsenal Possible Lineups and Predictions
Antonio Conte will surely deploy his usual 3-4-3 formation with Thibaut Courtois protecting the goal. Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill are expected to be the back three while Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic and Marcos Alonso form the midfield. Willian, Diego Costa and Hazard could be the attacking trio.
On the other hand, Arsene Wenger, who will serve his second of four match ban, might use the 4-2-3-1 formation. Petr Cech starts in goal with Gabriel, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal as the back four.
Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin could be in the center while Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez start the attack with Oliver Giroud as the lone striker. Finally, the prediction for the match is Chelsea coming out on top with a hard-fought 2-1 win.
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