Arsenal vs Chelsea: Match preview, prediction, venue & where to watch details | Premier League 2018-19
The age-old Premier League classic invites itself to another chapter as Chelsea visit the Emirates to rub shoulders with bitter rivals Arsenal. Irrespective of the relevance to the title race, this game is never short of drama, rip-roaring footballing action, and the purest flavour of retribution, recrimination, and reprisal.
While the expansive football of Maurizio Sarri is steering the Blues to a top 4 berth, Arsenal, who around 45 days back looked impossible to beat, have shown a number of tactical frailties.
Should Chelsea win, it will be the 5th time in the history of the league. They have the second best clean sheets record (10) in contrast to Arsenal (3), who are only ahead of Fulham.
Here's all you need to know ahead of the game.
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Kickoff information
Date: 19 January 2019
Time: 17:30 (local time), 23:00 (IST)
Venue: The Emirates
Livestream: Live stream on Hotstar
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Form guide
Last 5 matches (in all competitions)
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Head-to-head
Arsenal wins: 76
Chelsea wins: 63
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Key players
For someone who has been an integral part of this fixture for years now, Laurent Koscielny's presence at the back will be mighty essential for the Gunners. He seems to have now come off the long-term injury completely, and he will hold the key to Arsenal's display at the back.
Pedro has upped his game to another level under Maurizio Sarri, as apart from the screamers, he is often seen surging into the box as well. His ability to keep hold of the ball, initiate counter-attacks, wriggle past defenders, and find the back of the net with conviction makes him the player to look out for, as far as Chelsea's XI are concerned.
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Prediction
Although Chelsea and Arsenal are one of the best attacking sides in the land, both have their weaknesses. It would be an open game and both sides will have their chances; in the end, it will all come down to who takes their clear-cut opportunities. Expect them to share the spoils.
Predicted score: Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea