Chelsea vs Arsenal Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and betting predictions for the match between Chelsea vs Arsenal in Carabao Cup.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Match Preview
Defending Premier League Champions Chelsea and their city rivals Arsenal have a very tough road ahead, if they want to win a title this season. The League Cup looms as the only tournament that could offer solace to these teams and the London rivals are paired at the semi-final stage! The first leg of this Chelsea vs Arsenal League Cup or Carabao Cup fixture will be played at the Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, January 10, so check out the match preview, betting tip and predictions for this game.
The hosts have defeated Bournemouth 2-1 in the quarter-final at Stamford Bridge to reach the semis. Chelsea have picked up form in the Premier League (PL) and are currently third in the points tally, although they are making Manchester United sweat in the race to second. With the PL title out of reach and a miracle needed to win the Champions League, the Blues know that the League Cup is their realistic chance of silverware. Antonio Conte’s men had a disappointing last weekend when they were held to a goalless draw in Norwich in the FA Cup. This means, there will be a replay of the game, adding to the already-congested fixture list. Despite that, Chelsea are in good form coming into this match, as they are unbeaten in their last eight fixtures (W5, D3) in all competitions.
Arsenal overcame West Ham 1-0 in the quarter-final to set this mouth-watering Chelsea vs Arsenal semis. Their mediocre season just got worse as they were dumped out of the FA Cup last weekend. The holders were dumped out in the 3rd round by Nottingham Forest, who won a contentious encounter 4-2. It has been that kind of season for the Gunners, where every step forward was followed by three steps backward, pulling them down at every opportunity. They are currently sixth in the PL table and the chances of securing a top-four place look remote, let alone winning the title! The Gunners have won just once in their last five matches (W1, D3, L1) in all competitions.
Chelsea vs Arsenal H2H
Arsenal enjoy a slight edge in the Chelsea vs Arsenal head to head (W75, D56, L62). The last six encounters saw the teams pick up one win each and draw four – including the two Premier League fixtures of the season.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Team News
Chelsea have no injury worries ahead of this fixture, except for the fact that their new signing Ross Barkley has been yet to recover from a hamstring injury.
Arsenal will not have Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny, and Olivier Giroud for this fixture while Granit Xhaka is suffering from a slight muscle injury.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Probable Line-ups
Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill, Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Morata.
Arsenal: Cech, Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Bellerin, Xhaka, Wilshere, Maitland-Niles, Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Predictions
It is really a tough period for the Gunners, who are struggling for consistency. The FA Cup dumping may prove to be a blessing in disguise, but are they ready to take advantage of that? It is becoming increasingly difficult to predict which Arsenal side will turn up, but the Blues look good to win this game, so home win looks like the best betting tip for the match between Chelsea vs Arsenal.