Chelsea host Arsenal in a key Premier League clash tonight. Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Where and when is it running?
Tonight’s decisive game in the Champions League race takes place at 20:00 at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea will have prevailed in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-finals, eight points clear of their top four rivals. With a win, the Blues can practically seal the qualification.
Where can I see the game?
The game will be streamed live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event. Reporting begins at 7 p.m. The game will also be streamed live via the Sky Go app.
What is the head-to-head balance?
The clubs first met on 9 November 1907, when Arsenal were still using the Woolwich prefix for their name, in a Division One game that ended 2–1 with Chelsea. Arsenal would claim their first win a year later.
This will be the 205th meeting between the two. Chelsea have won 66, Arsenal 80 and there have been 58 draws.
Romelu Lukaku and Reece James scored in Chelsea’s 2-0 win at the Emirates earlier this season.
What’s new from the team?
The Blues will have to do without Mateo Kovacic, who will be out for at least 14 days due to an ankle ligament injury.
Callum Hudson-Odoi remains sidelined with back problems but is on the road to recovery, while Ben Chilwell will not play this season in his long-term rehabilitation after knee surgery.
Arsenal are likely to be without captain Alexandre Lacazette after he tested positive for coronavirus over the weekend.
Striker Eddie Nketiah can be substituted again if Mikel Arteta decides to keep changes to a minimum after losing three games in a row.
Right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu (calf) is set to return after not playing since January, while midfielder Thomas Partey (thigh) and left-back Kieran Tierney (knee) are both expected to be absent for the remainder of the season.
Provisional Chelsea squad: Mendy, Arrizabalaga, Chalobah, Christensen, Ruediger, Silva, Sarr, Azpilicueta, Alonso, James, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Niguez, Ziyech, Pulisic, Mount, Havertz, Werner, Lukaku.
Provisional Arsenal squad: Leno, Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, Cedric, Gabriel, White, Holding, Swanson, Tavares, Lokonga, Xhaka, Elneny, Odegaard, Azeez, Patino, Smith Rowe, Saka, Pepe, Martinelli, Lacazette, Nketiah.
What can I read about under construction on Independent.ie?
“Stop Lacazette, stop Arsenal.
It was Patrick Vieira, a Frenchman formerly captain of Arsenal, who identified the club’s current French captain as the key figure in their attack.
The Crystal Palace manager derailed Arsenal’s push into the top four this month by overseeing a 3-0 win at Selhurst Park and it was his approach to stopping Alexandre Lacazette that proved crucial against Mikel Arteta’s side.
Sam Dean has explored why Arsenal started sitting out on warm-up.
What are the match odds?
Chelsea are favorites at 17/10, Arsenal at 10/3 and the draw at 5/2.
What do the two camps say?
“He’s great at playing both positions, but we can only pick him once.
“I think the back three is a bit less demanding physically compared to the full-back position and given that he’s coming back from a long injury, a re-injury over so many weeks.
“It’s a small advantage to have him in the back three because it’s less physically demanding.
“That’s the next step anyway, how many games can he play as a full-back if he plays full-back during a season reliably at a level where he’s crucial.”
“First of all, the Champions League brings the club much closer to where we want and to play in a competition that has a great history in relation to our club.
“Secondly, it obviously improves any situation with the sponsor, financially, expectations, the ability to nurture our players and expose them to another dimension of competition, and that’s where we want to be.
“It’s a game changer. The Champions League pushes you there with the best teams in Europe and we definitely want to be there.”
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