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Chelsea Vs Arsenal Preview: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Predictions And Odds

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Chelsea will look to continue their dominant run in the Premier League over their opponents in the forthcoming matches so as to hold onto their title for this season as well. They will be up for their fourth straight win in a row when they take on arch-rivals Arsenal in their next match to be played at Stamford Bridge.

The Gunners have been in far from their best form in the opening half in the Premier League so far and have lost two out of their first four matches in the competition, prolifically beaten by their close rivals Stoke City and Liverpool in consecutive matches.

However, the players looked to be in good touch in their last encounter against Bournemouth, in which a dominant performance led them to score three goals to clinch three very crucial points for them from the match. They will look to repeat the same form when they play the Blues in their own Backyard this weekend.

Team News-

Chelsea-

Chelsea will be without the services of their new signing Danny Drinkwater, who has been ruled out of action till October with a calf injury. They might also miss Eden Hazard from their starting lineup, with the talismanic forward featuring for the club in the last two matches only as a second-half substitute.

Arsenal-

Arsenal will look to stick to their winning combination from their last match against Bournemouth in the Premier League and are expected to be playing with the same team. They will, though, be without the services of Francis Coquelin, who is having a hamstring injury to deal with and also Santi Cazorla, who has been ruled out with an ankle injury.

Key Players-

Chelsea-

The West Londoners will be looking to get past their neighbours from the Northern part of the city depending on the good form of their attacking spearhead Alvaro Morata, who scored in the win in their last match against Leicester City. They will also depend on their midfield maestro N’Golo Kante, who marshaled the midfield and also scored for them in the last match.

Arsenal-

The North Londoners will be looking towards their attackers, especially Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez, to score goals for them and win the contest against Chelsea and give themselves a major boost in the starting phase of the new season. However, they will also have to be sharp at the back and the onus will be on captain Laurent Koscielny to fend away the opposition strikers.

Predicted Lineups-

Chelsea-

Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso, Pedro, Fabregas, Morata.

Arsenal-

Cech, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette.

Predictions:

Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal

Odds-

Chelsea win- 4/5

Draw- 3/1

Arsenal win- 18/5

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