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Arsenal vs Chelsea betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

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Arsenal vs Chelsea match preview

Can Arsenal reclaim top spot for, possibly, the final time this season?

Last Wednesday, the Gunners were smashed 4-1 by Manchester City at the Etihad, emphasising the chasm that still exists between the league’s top two.

Having also drawn their previous three matches, Mikel Arteta’s team are now one point below Man City, with the Citizens having played one game less, which is far from ideal.

Most now believe the title race is over, but all Arsenal can do is win their remaining five games and hope.

Victory for the Gunners would ensure they end the night with exactly double Chelsea’s points tally, which highlights just how this season, more broadly, has panned out for both.

No Chelsea manager had ever started with four successive defeats, but Frank Lampard is rewriting history, losing five out of five since his reappointment.

Just before Graham Potter was sacked, they enjoyed back-to-back wins over Leeds and Leicester, but these are their only Premier League victories in their last 13 outings.

The Blues have scored just 30 league goals this season; their lowest tally of all time, to date, was set in 1923/24, scoring just 31 times and suffering relegation back then.

Given that their remaining fixtures are Bournemouth (A), Nottingham Forest (H), Manchester City (A), Manchester United (A) and Newcastle (H), things don’t look like improving any time soon.

Arsenal last won three successive Premier League matches against Chelsea in 2003/04, with a home win surely the most likely outcome in North London.

Arsenal team news

William Saliba will not be involved once more, his season is seemingly over, so Rob Holding will continue at centre-back.

In general, Mikel Arteta has not rotated his team very much this season but, after that mauling in Manchester, he may change that approach this time.

Leandro Trossard, who’s been directly involved in nine goals since arriving in January, could start for the first time since 1 April, although it’s unclear who he’d come in for.

Thomas Partey has been in poor form since the international break, potentially carrying an injury, meaning Jorginho could come in to face his former club.

Meanwhile, Emile Smith Rowe has scored against Chelsea in each of the last two seasons and came on for 19 minutes on Wednesday, his longest Premier League appearance for almost two months.

Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Ramsdale; White, Holding, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Jorginho, Xhaka, Ødegaard; Saka, Martinelli; Jesus.

Chelsea team news

Chelsea are without Reece James, Kalidou Koulibaly and Mason Mount, all of whom will miss the remainder of the season.

In James’ absence, César Azpilicueta was the right-wing-back against Brentford, his first start minutes 18 February, but the club captain scored an own goal and was ignominiously hooked at half time.

Frank Lampard has been deploying a box midfield in recent weeks, so could persist with that very much outside of the box idea.

He intimated on Monday that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be chosen to lead the line against his former club, which would be his first start since 5 January, seeking his second league goal for the club.

Mykhaylo Mudryk could’ve joined Arsenal in January, but is yet to score since Chelsea paid €80 million to Shakhtar Donetsk for his services.

Predicted XI (5-4-1): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Badiashile, Fofana, Chilwell; Kanté, Kovačić, Fernández, Gallagher; Aubameyang.

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Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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