The central match of the 20th round will be held in London, where the principal rivals Arsenal and Chelsea will meet in the London derby. For Mikel Arteta, this will be the first serious test. In addition, Frank Lampard, who has already managed to get his own bumps in matches against the grands, will be his vis-a-vis another who divides the reins on the football field. In whose favor will this tactical confrontation end? We believe that the problems in the last matches at Chelsea will recede into the background and Lampard will again surprise us, as was the case in the recent match against Tottenham.
Arsenal is still in crisis. Freddie Ljungberg failed to fix anything in the team. It even seems that under Ljungberg it got worse. During his time, Arsenal won only 1 victory in 5 matches. Therefore, Freddie was replaced by Mikel Arteta. Under Artet, Arsenal played one match. Arsenal stayed at Bournemouth, which is close to the relegation zone. And “Arsenal” could not beat the “cherries”, reducing in a draw 1: 1. Moreover, Arsenal did not look better than the opponent. Arteta has a lot of work to build a team. The immediate result, even from the former assistant Pep Guardiola, should not be expected.
Chelsea sailed in December, but have not yet dropped out of the top 4. Frank Lampard wards suffered 5 defeats in their last 7 matches in the Premier League. Moreover, in addition to the defeat of Man City (1: 2), Chelsea lost to West Ham, Bournemouth, Everton and Southampton. 3 out of 4 defeats were committed at home. However, Chelsea sometimes gathered his thoughts and won victories, as was the case in matches with Aston Villa and Tottenham away. Chelsea has become a mood team that needs to be put together in pieces. And Frank Lampard stopped dealing with it. He lacks the charismatic leaders in the locker room from among the players, whom he and John Terry were. Eden Hazard could become a potential heir to the traditions, but he flew to Madrid. And among the charismatic authority players, no one was left.
Lampard manages to assemble a team mainly for matches against the grandees, as the players do not need to explain for a long time what Manchester United and Liverpool are. Therefore, we saw such a restrained and effective football in the match against Tottenham Hotspur. Chelsea looked no worse against the rest of the giants, but the score on the scoreboard spoke of something else. There are no claims to Lampard on tactical training. He needs in the locker room experienced uncles of the old school, who can train young people mentally raw. Therefore, we expect from the “blue” active participation in winter transfers.
- Arsenal failed to win 10 of the last 11 games in the Premier League
- Arsenal have never lost to Chelsea in their last 5 home games
- Arsenal have conceded at least 2 goals per match in their last 3 home games
Head to Head Meetings
The story of the confrontation is plentiful at various points. In recent years, teams have met more than 2 times per season. And these meetings, regardless of the status of the game, are fundamental. The teams met each other 199 times. The score in the confrontation is 76:64 in favor of the Gunners. Last season, the teams met three times. The match at Stamford Bridge ended in a 3–2 Chelsea labor victory, and the return match at the Emirates ended in a 2-0 victory for the Gunners. Also, the Londoners came together in the final of the Europa League, where it was the “blues” with a score 4: 1 who won the Eden Hazard crushing victory.
Arsenal FC vs Chelsea FC – Prediction
Arsenal is still a crude team, while Chelsea are a more or less balanced team, especially at crucial moments. Now it’s such a moment when the gap between Chelsea and its closest pursuer Wolves is only 2 points. We believe that Chelsea will not fall out of the top 4 this year and will win another victory thanks to Lampard’s tactical training.
- Moneyline pick: Chelsea FC Will Win
- Computer predicted score Arsenal vs Chelsea: 1.1 -2.0