MATCH PREVIEW: CHELSEA VS ARSENAL

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Kick-off: Sunday, September 17, 2017. 12:30 GMT/ 13:30 BST

Venue: Stamford Bridge

It’s the game of the weekend, as Chelsea host Arsenal to a heated London derby match in Stamford Bridge.

Heading into Match Day 5, (that’s before this weekend’s games), Chelsea lie on third position with 9 points while Arsenal are further down the table, as they are 11th on the log with 6 points.

With both sides having played 4 games so far, Chelsea have won three and lost just once, while the Gunners have won two and lost two games already this season.

In the last six games in all competitions between the two sides, Chelsea have won three and Arsenal have also won three. Arsenal defeated Chelsea via penalty shootout in the Community Shield, and also defeated Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final in May.

The last time the Gunners came to Stamford Bridge, a rampant Chelsea side gave them a 3-1 beating.

We’d have to go back to October 2011 for the last time Arsenal defeated Chelsea.

In the last 12 meetings in the Premier League, Chelsea have won eight of those games, three ended in draws and the only loss was last season’s 3-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.

It has been six years since Arsenal avoided defeat at the Bridge – with the Gunners conceding 15 goals and scoring only two along the way.

Chelsea will definitely find the target as Arsenal have kept only one Premier League clean sheet in their last 18 games at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have scored in their last 23 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge. They are also unbeaten in 26 top-flight home matches played on a Sunday (W19, D7).

Eden Hazard is always a dangerman against Arsenal and has scored in three of his last four home Premier League games against Arsenal.

My prediction: Chelsea have gotten their swagger back, and will win the game 3-1.

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.