Kick Off: Saturday, 4th February, 2017. 12:30 GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge
It’s an early afternoon kick-off, and a London derby game between Chelsea and Arsenal.
After 23 games played in the Premier League, Chelsea are top of the table with 56 points, while Arsenal lie in third place, nine points behind Chelsea.
Chelsea have scored the third highest goals in the league (49), while Arsenal have the second highest goals (51). However, Chelsea are better defensively, as the Blues have the joint best defence in the league alongside Tottenham (16 goals conceded), while Arsenal have conceded 25 goals already.
Chelsea will be aiming for revenge against the Gunners, as the Blues lost to Arsenal 3-0 at the Emirates, earlier in the season.
Despite Chelsea’s poor form last season, Chelsea still beat Arsenal home and away, and the Blues have a very good record against Arsenal in recent years. In the last seven league games between the two sides, Chelsea have won 4, 2 ended in draws, and this season’s 3-0 defeat have been Arsenal’s only win.
Prior to the loss against Arsenal at the Emirates, it was four years ago Chelsea last lost a game against Arsenal, a 3-5 defeat at Stamford Bridge in October 2012, which is also the last time Arsenal beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Stats favour Chelsea heading into this game. The Gunners have lost their last four games at Stamford Bridge, conceding 12 goals and scoring just one.
Arsenal have not done the league double over Chelsea in the same season since 2003-04 – the last time they won the Premier League.
Chelsea have been dominant in Stamford Bridge, as the Blues have won 13 of their 14 home matches under Antonio Conte in all competitions, including their last 10. Also, Chelsea have won eight successive home league matches, scoring 24 times and conceding just three.
My prediction: It’ll be an entertaining and fast-paced game, but Chelsea will win by a 2-goal margin.