The upcoming English Cup fixture of Arsenal and Chelsea is going to be tough showdown for both the teams. The clash of these two giants in the first leg of this fixture would set the platform for the second leg of the fixture. Both these teams would try to tear each other down in the game and only time can tell if either of the teams win this game or not?
Tournament – FA Cup 2017-2018
When: 1:30 AM (IST) on Thursday
Where: Stamford Bridge, London, England
Date – January 11, 2018
Last six performances of both teams against others (English cup only):
CHE – W, D, W, W, D, D
ARS – W, D, W, D, D, L
Team Formation –
CHE (Probable 11) –
Courtois (GK), Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Morata
ARS (Probable 11) –
Ospina (GK), Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Wilshere, Xhaka, Bellerin, Welbeck, Sanchez, Lacazette
(IndiaFantasy suggests picking more players of CHE than ARS)
(RAM) Welbeck (ARS)
(LAM) Sanchez (ARS)
(LM) Wilshere (ARS)
(ST) Morata (CHE)
(CAM) Hazard (CHE)
(LM) Fabregas (CHE)
(GK) Courtois (CHE)
*(The aforementioned players are selected on the basis of their performance in their last match)
Chelsea will look to take advantage of home advantage in the first leg and seize the initiative in this League Cup semi-final. The Blues haven't beaten Arsenal in their last four encounters but haven't lost at home to the Gunners since October 2011.
Arsene Wenger has only lost more games against Manchester United (26) than he has versus Chelsea (19) in his career and Arsenal are the underdogs in this semi-final tie. Arsenal have struggled for consistency on their travels this season, winning just three of 12 domestic away matches thus far. They were also eliminated from the FA Cup third round by Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
Arsenal played well in patches in the 2-2 draw at home to Chelsea last week, but should really had lost that match after Alvaro Morata spurned three great goal scoring chances. A trip to Stamford Bridge is always difficult and the objective for Arsenal will be to ensure they are still in the contest when they take the game back to the Emirates.
We are providing you the CHE vs ARS football match preview based on our research and understanding. Please choose your own probable playing 11 as these matches are quite risky to predict who will play and who will not get the chance to play.