Arsenal v Chelsea: Educated Guesswork

Stamford Bridge Inside

Andi Foster analyses this weekend's big game...

The Premier League season so far has been full of twists and turns, and as the season continues this weekend, there are bound to be a few more surprises in store.

But whilst every Premier League game is important there are few bigger games than Chelsea vs Arsenal, and with Chelsea flying high, they will be hoping to continue their run of form against an Arsenal side that struggle to beat the top 4 clubs.

But surely the result won't be a repeat of the battering Arsenal received at Stamford Bridge back in March? Let's take a look.

On current form, there is no question that Chelsea will win the Premiership this season. Both at home and away, Chelsea are on top of the form table scoring an average of 3 goals per game (and scoring in every match so far).

And whilst away from home Chelsea have leaked a few goals, Stamford Bridge has again been a fortress for Mourinho's side as they have only conceded two goals (and kept two clean sheets). It perhaps goes without saying that Arsenal will have to be at their best to beat Chelsea.

Despite being unbeaten, Arsenal have stuttered in the league so far this season with 4 draws from their first 6 games. And whilst there have been positive signs, defensive lapses and an inability to make use of set pieces has cost them dearly.

Defensively, Arsenal have the best away defence in the Premiership conceding on average a goal a game, however that statistic is a bit deceptive as Arsenal have yet to face one of the top sides in country away from home.

In terms of attacking play, Arsenal lie 4th away from the Emirates as they have scored in each one of their away fixtures this season,and have scored an average of 2 goals a game.

At Stamford Bridge it's hard to imagine that Arsenal will get many chances - and to win Arsenal will have to be clinical, something they showed they are capable of midweek against Galatasaray.

A genuine title contender has to be able to beat the big clubs. And whilst Arsenal will beat some of the big guns this season (and break the drought of victories over the top 4), they won't manage it against an on-form Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge.

Prediction: Chelsea 3 Arsenal 1

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