Arsenal hosts Chelsea at the Emirates stadium on Sunday, in one of the most anticipated fixtures of English Premier League. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 16.00 GMT.
Arsenal are coming on the back of a disappointing 0-0 against at Stoke City, in a match they could consider themselves lucky to have come out with a point in the end.
Meanwhile, Chelsea were also lucky to have grabbed a 3-3 draw against Everton at home, thanks to an injury time equalizer from none other than Captain John Terry.
Arsenal vs Chelsea : Team Form Comparison
Arsenal have drawn their last two games, both away from home. But if they are to rise up to their title bid, they must be able to get full points from this kind of fixtures. Moreover, they have just 8 points from a possible 15 from their last 5 outings.
Chelsea on the other hand, looked better than the first half of the season at time, but eventually failed to grab wins since Guss Hiddink took over at Stamford Bridge. The win against Crystal Palace remains the only win for the Dutch manager so far, despite unbeaten in six matches in charge.
Arsenal vs Chelsea : Head-to-Head Stats
Chelsea have a strong record against Arsenal in recent seasons with three wins and two draws in their last five meetings. All of those wins have come at home, while last two at the Emirates end in a 0-0 draw.
Arsenal’s last win against Chelsea in the Premier League came on December 2010; nine matches since then and the Blues boast of a formidable record of six wins and three draws.
Arsene Wenger may still remember the 6-0 thrashing inflicted by the Blues during the 2013-14 season on his 1,000th game in charge as Arsenal manager.
Arsenal : Team News
Arsene Wenger is handed a boost as Alexis Sanchez has returned to match fitness, but it remains to be seen if he plays the full 90 minutes.
Mesut Ozil missed their last outing against Stoke City and he is fit to start in the crucial derby against Chelsea.
The new signing Mohammed Elneny is pushing for a place in the midfield and is expected to feature at some point in the game.
Arsenal Predicted Line-up
Chelsea : Team News
Hazard is deemed fit and could start at the expense of Pedro, while Matic is expected to be dropped after a poor showing against Everton last week.
Mikel could partner Fabregas at the center of the midfield, with Oscar playing just behind the lone striker Diego Costa.
Chelsea : Predicted Line-up
Arsenal vs Chelsea : Prediction
Arsenal found it hard to win against Chelsea in the past few seasons. The draw against Stoke City is proof of their ability to produce results when coming up against teams having good record against them.
And Chelsea will be fired up for this match, especially Diego Costa. So whatever form the Blues are at the moment hardly matters on Sunday.
The last two meetings at Emirates ended in a 0-0 draw and this one may not be different. The match could be a tricky affair and one may expect few goals or none at all.