On Saturday evening, Chelsea host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, as the visitors look to chalk up their first points of the season.
Chelsea started the Maurizio Sarri era with a routine 3-0 win at Huddersfield on the opening weekend of the campaign. Goals from Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Pedro sealed a relatively easy win for the Blues.
The home side ended last season in decent form, and the Blues have now won five of their last season matches in the English top-flight. The fact that they have lost just twice in 15 Premier League games shows that the Blues are a tough team to beat.
Chelsea have not beaten Arsenal in six games in all competitions. However, five of the last six meetings between these sides have finished all square.
The Blues are also unbeaten in six home games against the Gunners in the top-flight at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal have also failed to score in five of their last six visits to Chelsea in the top-flight.
Arsenal kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 2-0 defeat against champions Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The defeat was unsurprising, although the Gunners all-around performance was poor.
The Gunners finished last season in inconsistent style. What was not inconsistent was the visitor’s away form, as the team from north London were consistently poor on their travels in the top-flight towards the end of last season.
In fact, Arsenal lost seven of their last eight Premier League games their travels last season. A 1-0 win against Huddersfield in their last away game of the campaign stopped a run of seven straight Premier League defeats on their travels for the Gunners. The visitors have also conceded at least twice in six of their last eight away games in the top-flight.
Chelsea look set to be without Cesc Fabregas through injury, while new signing Mateo Kovacic is a fitness doubt. Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are competing for a spot in the centre of midfield, while Eden Hazard could return to the starting line-up, possibly in place of Willian.
Arsenal are without Sead Kolasinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Laurent Koscielny through injury. Striker Danny Welbeck is still a doubt
Stephan Lichtsteiner is set to make his first start at left-back with Nacho Monreal still doubtful. Uruguayan international midfielder Lucas Torreira could be set to make his full debut following a substitute appearance against Manchester City.
Chelsea are the favourites to win this clash at odds of 4/5, while the draw is odds of 3/1, while the visitors are odds of 7/2 to gain a rare victory at Stamford Bridge.
This game is another testing one for Unai Emery and his team. Everybody associated with the Gunners will be looking for an improved performance the one they witnessed against Manchester City last weekend.
Can Arsenal return from Stamford Bridge with any points?