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Chelsea vs Arsenal
English Carabao Cup, Season 2017/18
Date: Wednesday, 10th January 2018
Kick off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).
Chelsea vs Arsenal: Preview and Predictions
The fierce London rivals switch their focus to League Cup after falling miles behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race.
Arsenal suffered a surprise exit from the FA Cup on the weekend after a heavy 5-2 defeat to the 16th placed Championship team Nottingham Forest. Wenger did went in with an understrength squad, but that is not a welcome excuse for the underwhelming performance.
Besides, the team is also struggling in the Premier League with the team occupying 6th spot in the standings. Their form coming into this match is nothing but below par with the latest three resulting in 2 draws and a defeat.
Furthermore, Arsenal had won just once during their last 5 away matches.
On the other hand, Chelsea are coming after a goal-less draw with Norwich in the FA Cup tie. But they do have a chance to progress to the next round with the reverse leg set at their home turf.
Unlike Arsenal, the Blues are coming on the back of a strong run of results. Conte’s men are unbeaten in their last 8 matches in all competitions and their home form is a stellar 4 wins on the bounce.
Moreover, the only team to have beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since matchday 1 of the Premier League is the run-away leaders Manchester City.
Chelsea: Team News
Conte has the luxury of a fully fit squad for the Carabao Cup semifinal tie.
The only player who is certain to miss is the new signing from Everton Ross Barkley who has not played a competitive match in 8 months.
Chelsea Prediction Line-up (3-5-1-1)
Courtois – Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta – Alonso, Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko – Hazard – Moratta.
Arsenal: Team News
Arsenal do have some players missing as well. Koscielny, Ramsey, Kolasinac, Giroud and Nacho Monreal are the players certain to miss the trip to Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal Predicted Line-up (3-4-2-1)
Cech – Chambers, Mustafi, Mertesacker – Bellerin, Maitland-Niles, Wilshere, Xhaka – Ozil, Sanchez – Lacazette.
Chelsea vs Arsenal: Head-to-head
We saw a thrilling encounter when the teams met in the Premier League last Wednesday. The match ended 2-2 at the Emirates saw all four goals falling inside the last 30 minutes.
Arsenal defeated Chelsea in each of their last three meetings in a cup competition, but none of those games were played at the Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have an insatiable home record against Arsenal and are currently on a six match unbeaten run with 5 wins and 1 draw.
Also, Chelsea won 2-1 when they last hosted Arsenal for a cup tie, back in 2007.
Chelsea vs Arsenal: Predictions
Carabao Cup remain to be the best chance for the London rivals to win a silverware this season and the managers to field the strongest possible eleven. Therefore one must expect another classic like we saw in their Premier League clash a week ago.
For me, Chelsea are the side with a better chance to edge a win here, which is backed by Arsenal’s poor record at the Stamford Bridge.