On Wednesday, an age-old London rivalry will be reignited when Chelsea hosts Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in a crucial match for both sides.
In leagues across Europe, the action continues at a breakneck pace, and the Premier League is no exception, with the elongated Gameweek 35 starting this midweek.
All eyes will be on a London derby on Wednesday, as Chelsea hosts Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, with both teams needing a victory to fulfill their European ambitions.
A look at the two sides...
Chelsea has undergone a transformation under Thomas Tuchel, becoming the most solid squad in Europe while also increasingly demonstrating consistency in terms of attacking ideas. This was most recently shown in the Blues' run to the UEFA Champions League final, as well as their come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Manchester City this past weekend.
Arsenal, on the other hand, remains mired in mediocrity, with the 2020/21 season expected to be their last without a trophy. Under Mikel Arteta, the Gunners have regressed, frequently displaying a lack of ideas on the pitch, with even UEFA Europa League qualification beginning to look improbable, despite back-to-back league wins putting them just six points behind fifth-placed West Ham United.
Arsenal defeated Chelsea 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium in December, with Alexandre Lacazette, Bukayo Saka, and Granit Xhaka scoring for the Gunners, while Tammy Abraham scored for the Blues.
- Chelsea have lost only two of their 25 matches since Thomas Tuchel’s appointment.
- Chelsea have kept seven clean sheets in their last eight Premier League home games.
Stick with in-form Chelsea
Chelsea's victory over London rivals Arsenal on Wednesday evening will effectively seal their place in the top four, and the Blues are worth backing to do the job against the struggling Gunners.
Thanks to recent wins over Real Madrid, West Ham, and Manchester City (twice), Thomas Tuchel's side is playing with a real swagger, and the Blues are priced generously to sustain their momentum at Arsenal's expense this week.
Arsenal's attacking play has been clunky and unimaginative under Mikel Arteta, and with the ball grinding instead of gliding in the final third, the Gunners can struggle to break down Chelsea's rock-solid defense.
With that in mind, we expect the hosts to keep a clean sheet and earn a hattrick for the fourth match in a row.