English Premier League: Chelsea vs Arsenal Match Preview
Premier League 2017/18: Chelsea vs Arsenal Match Preview
Chelsea want to make a statement of intent as the Premier League champions host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Antonio Conte’s Blues began the campaign with a 3-2 home defeat by Burnley, but have won their next three games – including a 2-1 Wembley victory against Tottenham – to ally fears of a similar title defense to Jose Mourinho’s ill-fated end to life at Chelsea.
While Chelsea will be confident heading into Sunday’s clash, Arsene Wenger needs a result to get the critics off his back after a tough start to the season.
Arsenal have beaten Chelsea in their last two domestic matches – the FA Cup Final and Community Shield – but two defeats in the Gunners’ opening four League games means Wenger can ill-afford another loss so early in the campaign.
Match Details :
Date: Sunday, September 17.
Time : 13:30 BST/ 08:30 ET/ 18:00 IST
Venue : Stamford Bridge.
TV Broadcast: Sky Sports Premier League(UK), CNBC(US), Star Sports Select 1/HD 1(India).
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Team News :
Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater is expected to be out until the October international break and will miss Sunday’s match.
Drinkwater was an unused substitute against his former club Leicester last Saturday and missed the midweek Champions League win over Qarabag with a calf problem which means he could be out for four weeks.
Chelsea are likely to rotate their options after making changes for the Qarabag contest, with playmaker Eden Hazard in contention to start for the Blues for the first time this season.
Arsenal are likely to recall a host of first-team regulars.
Manager Arsene Wenger made nine alterations for the Europa League win over Cologne but the likes of Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette will all return to the squad at Stamford Bridge.
Alexis Sanchez will feature after playing the whole game on Thursday night, where Theo Walcott (calf) hobbled off. Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are definitely out.
Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Pedro, Morata, Hazard.
Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Sanchez, Ozil, Lacazette.
Head to Head Records :
Total Matches Played: 191
Chelsea won: 62
Arsenal won: 75
Matches Drawn: 54