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Arsenal FC vs Chelsea FC, free match prediction 26 Dec 2020

26 Dec 2020 | 23:00 | London, Emirates Stadium
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Mouth-watering London derby between strugglers Arsenal and strong Chelsea

  • Arsenal season continues to go from bad to worse, sitting 15th
  • They’ve lost eight of their 14 matches so far in worst start for decades
  • Chelsea suffered two defeats on bounce but hit back with a win last weekend

Chelsea to win 2-1

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: London, Emirates Stadium

ARSENAL FC vs CHELSEA FC Match Preview & Analysis

The statistics continue to look worse for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side, as they slump to their worst start since the 1970s.

There cannot be much more of this that the Arsenal board can take before they seek to make chances in management at the club, but perhaps a match against close London rivals Chelsea is what The Gunners need to spark them into life right now?

Or perhaps playing one of the most dangerous sides in the league is what will kill them off entirely. Either way, Arsenal must start to play with much more quality than they have shown of late. Their defeat against Everton showed some positives, but no where near enough.

Chelsea have not been perfect either of late, winning at the weekend against West Ham to bounce back from successive defeats in the league.

Frank Lampard is still looking to find his best side, but there is no doubting the quality which he holds within his squad.

Teams Preview

Arsenal FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LWLDL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Derby match may inspire better performance

     Chelsea have shown weaknesses recently

Reasons to be fearful:

     Only four points off bottom three show extent of problem

     Home form is even worse than away

Despite a lot of talk over the past week about what would happen if Arsenal are relegated, including the players facing a 25% wage cut, the reality is that Arsenal will not be going down this season.

Their form is shocking, but they will earn enough points over the course of the season to be comfortably safe, perhaps even break into the top half of the table if they can find some improvement in their performances.

They’ve also seen some good performances from their youngsters, such as Nketiah, Saka and Maitland-Niles to name a few. The experience they are getting will no doubt help their careers progress sooner rather than later.

In a derby, many things can happen which wouldn’t usually, and Arsenal may be spurred on by the occasion of a fixture against their old rivals.

Star Man – Bukayo Saka

Probably Arsenal’s best player this season, which is not saying much, but will be a top player if he continues to progress as fast as he has done.

Chelsea FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WDLLW

Reasons to be cheerful

     Showed real quality to thrash West Ham 3-0

     Having Pulisic back is a welcome boost

Reasons to be fearful 

     Have been far better at home than away

     The likes of Werner and Havertz have faded

The positive side of being Chelsea football club is that when one or two of your players show a dip in form, there are always one or two others to bring in to replace them.

Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have not been performing quite up to scratch of late, with the former going all of nine games without finding the back of the net. The solution? Lampard brings in Tammy Abraham who scores two against West Ham.

Chelsea have such a rich squad of players that there should always been someone in form at a particular time. Thiago Silva also had a great game last weekend and is showing his value at the back.

They can return into the top four with a win here, which they are favourites to do, but in a derby anything’s possible.

Star Man – Christian Pulisic

Chelsea have missed the American’s inventiveness in and around the box, something which could be key against Arsenal.

ARSENAL FC vs CHELSEA FC Winning Prediction

     An entertaining London derby 

     Chelsea will enjoy more possession but Arsenal could spring surprise

     If Chelsea score first Arsenal could lose confidence

On paper, this looks like a comfortable win for Chelsea, however derby matches rarely follow the script when it comes to previous form.

Arsenal will not want to embarrass themselves against a close rival and will be expected to put in a better performance than those of late.

Chelsea are still favourites, but it could be closer than form would suggest.

Chelsea to win 2-1

Author: Ross B.