Chelsea vs Arsenal: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to Sunday’s Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge

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After coming from 1-0 to secure a draw at White Hart Lane, Arsenal face a second London derby in a week as they travel to the in-form league leaders Chelsea. José Mourinho’s side have only dropped points in the Premier League against Manchester City, and have scored in every match so far, with Diego Costa hitting the ground running with eight goals since his £32m pound summer move. Chelsea were guilty of squandering a host of chances in their 1-0 midweek victory at Sporting Lisbon, but such profligacy has been rare so far in this campaign – with 19 league goals, they have scored seven more than any other side.

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Arsenal are the only other Premier League team yet to suffer a league defeat.

Arsene Wenger’s side were rampant against Galatasaray in midweek, when a Danny Welbeck hat-trick secured a 4-1 victory, but this cutting-edge has often eluded them this season – they have drawn four of their past five league fixtures. Matches between Arsenal and Chelsea have often been the battleground for a war of words between the two clubs’ feted managers, but the fact remains: Wenger has never beaten a side managed by José Mourinho.

KICK-OFF: Sunday, 2.05pm

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Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck celebrates the first senior hat-trick of his career in the 4-1 rout of Galatasaray

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Chelsea 6 (Eto’o, Schurrle, Hazard, Oscar 2, Salah) Arsenal 0, Premier League, March 2014

Arsenal 0 Chelsea 0, Premier League, December 2013

Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2 (Azpilicueta, Mata), Capital One Cup, October 2013

STATS…

Diego Costa, the Premier League’s top scorer, has netted eight in his first six Chelsea appearances. It took Fernando Torres 48 games to score his first eight league goals for Chelsea.

Arsenal have failed to beat Chelsea in any of their last six clashes in all competitions. Their last victory at Stamford Bridge came in October 2011, when they won 5-3 with a hat-trick from Robin van Persie.

Chelsea have had nine different league goalscorers so far this season, the most in the Premier League. Arsenal are joint second with eight.

When Mourinho has not been Chelsea manager, Arsene Wenger has enjoyed some success – Arsenal have done the league double over Chelsea in three seasons during his 18 years at the helm.

 

ODDS…

Chelsea to win: 1.65

Arsenal to win: 5.5

Draw: 3.8

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 2.05pm, highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm.

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