CHELSEA VS ARSENAL: CHARLIE NICHOLAS’ PREDICTION

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Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas expects Chelsea to win Arsenal 3-1 in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge later this evening. Nicholas also expects Alvaro Morata to score against Arsenal today after his missed chances in the 2-2 draw at the Emirates.

“It was cracking 2-2 draw at the Emirates and Arsene Wenger has to pick a strong team here after making so many changes in the FA Cup, but so will Antonio Conte, which makes Chelsea favourites,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“Arsenal can have a day when the front three click and they’re fantastic going forward, but they are broken defensively. They have been for a while and they don’t know how to fix it, so Steve Bould must start making his voice heard.

“Arsene Wenger comes out and says we keep making the same mistakes and we all say, really? Is he finally starting to see the picture? His solution was a back three but that is still the same players with no idea how to defend.

“I don’t see too much hope for Arsenal on Wednesday and I just hope they can nick a goal to keep the tie going.

“I could see Alvaro Morata making up for his missed chances and getting a brace here, while I can also see discipline issues for Arsenal given they don’t even seem to want to celebrate together when they’re winning.”

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