Match: Chelsea – Arsenal
Date: Saturday, 19 September, 2015
Start time: 12:45 GMT
The sixth round in the Premier League begins with a London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal. Clash of the ” Stamford Bridge” is on Saturday at 12:45 GMT.
During the week Chelsea started convincingly this year’s Champions League and regained their self-esteem. Londoners beat with 4: 0 Maccabi (Tel Aviv) in a match of Group “G” of the race. Wlian, Oscar, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas were the goalscorers. Eden Hazard even missed a penalty early in the match.
So Jose Mourinho can relax for a moment after having success over Maccabi team had recorded two consecutive defeats in the “Premier League”. In the last round “blue” fell by 1:3 as a guest of Everton and previously lost to Crystal Palace at home with 1:2. Currently Chelsea is on the 17th position with only 4 points and if Arsenal loses, it will make the poor start to the Premier League as the current champion.
In all likelihood the derby on Saturday will miss Pedro and Wlian. Pedro missed the meeting with Maccabi Wednesday due to injury received against Everton. Wilian did get injury against Israelis and the press conference after the game Mourinho said he hardly can count on it. Is sidelined and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who underwent knee surgery for a torn meniscus. The Belgian will be absent for at least two months, which is a great opportunity for Asmir Begovic.
The team of Arsenal started very bad way participation in the Champions League. “Gunners” lost 1:2 away to Dinamo (Zagreb). Theo Walcott scored the only goal of the “ball” at 0:2. Arsene Wenger’s team game with 10 men from the 40th minute after Olivier Giroud received a second yellow card.
It was the first defeat for Arsenal since August 9, when they lost 0:2 at home to West Ham. Premier League “Gunners” are a series of two consecutive wins, having defeated Newcastle (1:0) and Stoke (2:0).
In the upcoming match Arsene Wenger will not be able to count on the injured Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky.
Arsenal played very strong away from home in the “Premier League”. Wenger’s team is unbeaten as a guest of 7 February this year, when lost with 1:2 from Tottenham. In the next eight visits they won seven of them having conceded six goals in his neck. This season Arsenal beat Newcastle and Crystal Palace as a guest and is 100 percent of its asset visits.
Before the start of this season, Arsenal beat Chelsea 1:0 in contention for the trophy “Community Shield”. This was the first success for the “Gunners” over their opponents in eight consecutive games without a win. The last success of Arsenal over Chelsea in the Premier League was in October 2011 at “Stamford Bridge” with 5:3.
The trip this week to Zagreb and defeat by Dynamo can not but adversely affect Arsenal. The team will have less time to rest from opponents, who amused against Maccabi, while the “The Gunners” were trying to avoid the defeat of “Maksimir”. Chelsea need to return to winning ways in the league if he wants to defend his championship crown. Expect “blue” to win the London derby on Saturday, although the statistics in matches of “Stamford Bridge” is quite equalized.