On Sunday lunchtime, Arsenal face a tough test as the Gunners travel to London rivals Chelsea in the Premier League.
The home side have hit form of late, recording four consecutive wins in all competitions. Last time out the Blues hammered Azerbaijan champions Qarabag 6-0 in the Champions League. The big win followed a 2-1 win at Leicester in their last Premier League outing.
Unsurprisingly considering that they were champions last season, Antonio Conte’s side have a formidable record in the Premier League of late, having won nine of their last ten outings in the English top-flight. The English champions have also scored two or more goals in nine of their last ten league outings.
Last season’s title triumph was built on a solid home record. The Blues have now recorded 16 wins from their last 18 league games at Stamford Bridge. Conte’s side have also scored two or more goals in their last seven Premier League games on home soil.
Chelsea have lost their last two meetings with Arsenal, last season’s FA Cup final and more recently this seasons Community Shield. However, the Blues have beaten Arsenal in the last five meetings at Stamford Bridge in all competitions.
The recent gloom has lifted slightly at Arsenal in recent weeks with consecutive wins over Bournemouth and Koln in the league and Europa League respectively. One major plus for the Gunners in the last two games has been that they scored six times.
The visitor’s recent away record in the Premier League is poor, as Arsene Wenger’s team have lost seven of their last ten games on their travels in the top-flight, including their last two at Stoke and Liverpool without scoring. In fact, the Gunners have scored just eight goals in their last six away games in the Premier League.
Chelsea’s only likely absentee heading into this clash is central midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who has a calf injury. Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, David Luiz and Eden Hazard are expected to return to the Blues starting line-up after starting the midweek Champions League game on the bench.
Arsenal are still without midfielders Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla through injury, while winger Theo Walcott is a doubt. Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny could return to the starting line-up.
Chelsea are the favourites to win this game at odds of 4/5. Meanwhile the draw is odds of 3/1 and Arsenal are odds of 18/5 to record an away win.
The odds seem against Arsenal winning at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. However, the Gunners have defied the odds in their last two meetings with Chelsea to record victories, so an away win cannot be written-off.
Can Arsenal win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday?