It will be the last match of the calendar year for Arsenal and Chelsea. The two London clubs will be gunning for full points, obviously for contrasting reasons. This match #20 of the English Premier League season will be played at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal start this round 12th in the standings with 24 points. Chelsea are fourth with 32 points. The hosts would be keen to signal new manager Mikel Arteta’s home managerial bow with a win. The visiting Chelsea find themselves fighting for the top-four spot. With the season promising to be tighter than ever, both sides would be keen for a win.
Arsenal have won two of their last three Premier League home matches against Chelsea. With no wins in their last three matches, Arsenal are desperate for a win. A 1-1 draw against Bournemouth on Boxing Day meant the ‘Gunners’ have drawn six of their last ten.
The return of defended Calum Chambers could be a boost, as Arsenal look to manage the short turn-around time between matches. For your fantasy picks, keep an eye on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Chelsea have started the season well, but are losing grip of things. Five losses in their last seven league games put Chelsea’s top-four hopes in doubt. The ‘Blues’ have been supremely inconsistent this season and are a nightmare to predict with conviction.
It is Chelsea’s pace on the wings that gives them an edge. Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham will relish running at the Arsenal defenders. Additionally, the presence of Christian Pulisic and the creative Willian could aid Chelsea’s chances.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has 12 goals and an assist to his name this season. The forward has to be one of the sure picks in your fantasy side.
Willian loves playing the big teams and has led Chelsea to a 2-0 win over Tottenham scoring both goals. He has four goals and three assists this season and will be key to Chelsea’s chances.
Tammy Abraham has scored 11 goals and assisted three more for Chelsea this season. The young forward has seven of those goals scored away from home.
Arsenal: 1 Bernd Leno 2 Ainsley Maitland-Niles 3 Calum Chambers 4 David Luiz 5 Bukayo Saka 6 Matteo Guendouzi 7 Granit Xhaka 8 Nicolas Pepe 9 Mesut Ozil 10 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 11 Alexandre Lacazette
Chelsea: 1 Kepa Arrizabalaga 2 Cesar Azpilicueta 3 Antonio Rudiger 4 Fikayo Tomori 5 Marcos Alonso 6 N’Golo Kante 7 Mateo Kovacic 8 Mason Mount 9 Willian 10 Tammy Abraham 11 Christian Pulisic
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