Chelsea vs Arsenal LIVE: Premier League team news, line-ups and more tonight
Chelsea host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge with European ramifications for both sides in the Premier League.
The Blues remain on course to secure a top four finish and Champions League football for another season, though Leicester’s win over Manchester United means the pressure is back on, with West Ham six points behind and Liverpool one further, though the Reds have an extra game in hand ahead of their trip to Old Trafford tomorrow.
Thomas Tuchel also has the FA Cup final to consider, with Brendan Rodgers’ side possessing an extra rest day ahead of this weekend’s game at Wembley Stadium, while there is also the Champions League final to consider too, as the German rotates his squad in a bid to land what would be a remarkable double inside a few months in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Mikel Arteta’s side ran riot against the Blues on Boxing Day during Frank Lampard’s time in charge in the reverse fixture earlier this season and the Gunners will hope to complete a double here in what has been a mostly forgettable season. A win should boost their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League next season, with north London rivals Tottenham four points ahead in seventh currently.
Follow all the action live below, with minute-by-minute updates, reaction and analysis from this London derby:
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Chelsea vs Arsenal prediction
Even with a packed schedule and two cup finals on the horizon, Chelsea’s deep squad and rotation under Tuchel makes them clear favourites against an Arsenal side who have little to play for under Arteta. Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal
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Chelsea vs Arsenal predicted line-ups
Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Mount, Havertz, Werner
Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Elneny, Odegaard; Pepe, Aubameyang, Saka
Chelsea vs Arsenal team news
Chelsea lost defender Andreas Christensen to a hamstring injury in the win at Manchester City. The Dane is set to be unavailable against Arsenal tonight but could be back before the end of the Premier League season. Tuchel is still waiting on the return of Matteo Kovacic, with the German confirming that the midfielder is not yet ready to be in the squad for tonight’s match.
Arteta has said the hamstring injury that forced Emile Smith-Rowe off against West Brom on Sunday is“nothing major” but the young midfielder is not expected to be available against Chelsea tonight. David Luiz, Pablo Mari and Granit Xhaka are all injury doubts after missing the win against West Brom.
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