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Chelsea vs Arsenal: Premier League preview

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helsea and Arsenal meet this week in a London derby which highlights the stark contrast in each team’s season.

The Blues, fresh from beating champions-elect Manchester City, look on course to finish in the top four as they prepare for the FA Cup Final and Champions League Final, having sacked former player Frank Lampard and replaced him with Thomas Tuchel to much success.

Arsenal, meanwhile, under their own ex-player, look on course to endure their worst season in a generation as manager Mikel Arteta faces a summer of questions over his future. A derby win for Wednesday’s visitors would be a rare bright spot in an otherwise dire season.

Date, time and venue

Chelsea vs Arsenal is scheduled for an 8:15pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

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How to watch

TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.

Team news

Chelsea will hope to have Mateo Kovacic available for some minutes ahead of the FA Cup Final. Andreas Christensen’s thigh injury looks to have ruled him out.

Arsenal are sweating on the fitness of Emile Smith Rowe after he was forced off against Aston Villa.

Elsewhere, centre-backs David Luiz and Pablo Mari will be assessed ahead of the game, but Granit Xhaka is out.

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Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

Arsenal looked somewhat comfortable on Sunday as they relegated West Brom but still completely panicked when put under even a slight bit of pressure. That doesn’t bode well for a trip to Chelsea, the Premier League’s form team alongside Manchester United.

I can’t see the Gunners making Chelsea sweat much, this should be a routine home win.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

  • Chelsea wins: 65
  • Draws: 58
  • Arsenal wins: 79
  • Last meeting: Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea

Betting odds and tips (subject to change)

  • Chelsea: 4/6
  • Draw: 3/1
  • Arsenal: 9/2
  • Olivier Giroud to score: 6/5

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