ARS vs CHE Dream11: The London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea awaits us on Boxing day with the Blues travelling to the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal is in horrible form and is winless in their last 7 Premier League games. They also lost 4-1 to Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and their wins only come in the Europa League. The Gunners are currently 15th in the league with just 4 wins all season and have an embarrassing 8 losses. Meanwhile, Chelsea responded to their back-to-back losses in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over West Ham United last weekend. The Blues are currently 5th in the table but a win takes them potentially to 2nd place, but with Manchester United and Leicester playing each other, the best-case scenario for Chelsea is ending Boxing day in third place. This should not bother Frank Lampard’s men as they sought to get their 3 points as a Christmas present to their fans.
Arsenal vs Chelsea, Premier League
26th December 2020, 11 pm (IST)
The Emirates Stadium, London
Arsenal – WLDLL
Chelsea – WDLLW
Head-to-head (last five meetings):
Arsenal – 2
Draws – 0
Chelsea – 3
Last meeting: Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea (FA Cup, 1st August 2020)
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network, Disney + Hotstar
ARS vs CHE Prediction, Team News, Starting XI
A) Arsenal Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Thomas Partey is the only confirmed absentee for this fixture.
Doubtful: Gabriel Martinelli had to be substituted off against Manchester City and it remains to be seen if he gets another start. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has missed his last 2 games and will need to pass a late fitness test.
Expected changes: Bernd Leno will start in goal after Runar Alex Runarsson’s horror show against Man City. The back three of Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes and Kieran Tierney should continue to start in defence. Hector Bellerin has come under criticism but he has been Mikel Arteta’s first-choice right-back. Mohamed Elneny should start in midfield alongside Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka who returns from his suspension with Bukayo Saka starting on the left-flank. Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette will start up-front.
Arsenal Starting XI (probable):
Bernd Leno (GK)
B) Chelsea Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Hakim Ziyech is the confirmed absentee with fullbacks, Ben Chilwell and Reece James joining him at the treatment table.
Doubtful: Frank Lampard has no doubtful players for the ARS vs CHE Dream11 Prediction.
Expected changes: Chelsea are likely to go for the same team that beat West Ham United. Edouard Mendy will start in goal behind Cesar Azpilicueta and Emerson who will replace the injured James and Chilwell. Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva will be the starting centre-back pairing. The midfield trio of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount should start behind the frontline of Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner. Olivier Giroud will be eyeing for a start but Abraham’s brace against West Ham should be rewarded with another start.
Chelsea Starting XI (probable):
Edouard Mendy (GK)
ARS vs CHE Today Match Prediction:
Bet365: Arsenal – 29/10; Chelsea – 19/20
William Hill: Arsenal – 3/1; Chelsea – 19/20
Chelsea goes into this game as the favourites given Arsenal’s form. The Gunners are on a run of results that is unprecedented by a top club in the league. They seem lost and labour to score goals. They don’t look like they’re going to score a goal and that has put manager, Mikel Arteta and his players under immense pressure. A win in the ARS vs CHE Today Match Prediction could be a turning point if his side manages to beat Frank Lampard’s. The Blue’s will be very disappointed with their two back-to-back losses taking them from 3rd place to 6th place.
ARS vs CHE Dream11, Captain & Differential Picks
Captain Options –
Timo Werner –
Goals/Assists – 7/5
Successful dribbles – 19
Goal scoring chances created – 20
Werner has been criticized of late because he has been missing chances that he should be scoring but regardless, the bulk of the goal-scoring opportunities will fall to him and he will still be a major threat to the susceptible Arsenal backline. With 22 shots on target so far, he is likely to score in the derby.
Alexandre Lacazette –
Key passes – 13
Successful dribbles – 9
Dribbles success rate – 75%
One of the better players in a bad lot, Lacazette has been more impressive than his teammate Aubameyang. He will spearhead the attack and look to catch Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma in the wrong areas. Mikel Arteta will turn to the Frenchman in the absence of Aubameyang and Martinelli to be the game-changer on the pitch.
Tammy Abraham –
Goals/Assists (Starts) – 7/2 (10)
Chances created – 12
Successful dribbles – 53%
Tammy Abraham grabbed his opportunity against West Ham United by scoring a brace. Of late, his good-work has been overshadowed by Olivier Giroud but now given the opportunity, he will look to impress Frank Lampard and prove his worth to the starting lineup.
Differential Picks –
Christian Pulisic –
Successful dribbles – 19
Shot on target rate – 55%
Chances created – 5
Christian Pulisic has struggled with fitness for a while now but when he does get the chance to play, he shines on the pitch. He has put up incredible stats for a player who has had limited time on the pitch. Arsenal’s defenders will be wary of his dribbles to find one of the attackers in space.
Nicolas Pepe –
Goals/Assists (starts) – 5/3 (10)
Successful dribbles – 27
Chances created – 25
The right-winger has been excellent in the Europa League this season but has failed to convert that form into the Premier League which has been a source of frustration to all fans. He is a very good dribbler and in the absence of Chelsea’s first-choice full-back pairing, he can use the opportunity to exploit the backline.
Mason Mount –
Chances created – 34
Accurate Crosses – 22
Successful dribbles – 20
Mason Mount has been under-appreciated by fans and critics alike but he has been a very good creative source for the club. Mount plays behind the front 3 and has been very good at providing threatening balls and goal-scoring opportunities to those ahead of him.