3-4-2-1 Arsenal Strongest Possible Xl v Chelsea – Cech Out, Sanchez Starts

Chelsea vs Arsenal

Chelsea and Arsenal face off in the second of three January games as the London rivals meet in the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Antonio Conte’s Blues needed a last-minute Alvaro Morata goal to see off Bournemouth in a nervy 2-1 quarter-final win at Stamford Bridge, while Arsenal sealed a 1-0 victory over West Ham to set up this mouth-watering two-legged tie.

There are high expectations of both teams after an exciting 2-2 Premier League draw earlier this month, and both coaches will be chasing silverware with the Premier League title unlikely this year.

With Manchester City and Bristol City making up the other semi-final, both Conte and Wenger know a Wembley final against the Premier League leaders is the likely reward on offer.

Head to Head Stats (Last 6 games)

EPL 03-01-2018 FT Arsenal 2 : 2 Chelsea
EPL 17-09-2017 FT 1Chelsea 0 : 0 Arsenal
ECS 06-08-2017 FT Arsenal 1 : 1 Chelsea1
ICF 22-07-2017 FT Arsenal 0 : 3 Chelsea
FAC 27-05-2017 FT Arsenal 2 : 1 Chelsea1
EPL 04-02-2017 FT Chelsea 3 : 1 Arsenal

Arsenal Predicted Xl: Ospina, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Xhaka, Wilshere, Maitland-Niles, Welbeck, Sanchez, Lacazette

Chelsea Predicted XI Courtois, Azpiliceuta, Christensen, Cahill, Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Morata

 

Chelsea Injuries/doubts: / Luiz Out / Musonda Doubtful /

Team News

  • Ross Barkley will have to wait to make his Chelsea debut as he continues to recover from a serious hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined all season.
  • Arsene Wenger is poised to rest Petr Cech after promising David Ospina playing time in the cups this season.
  • Antonio Conte otherwise have a clean bill of health ahead of the first leg of their League Cup semi final with Arsenal and is expected to name a similar XI to the one that started last week’s 2-2 draw with the Gunners.
  • Alexis Sanchez is expected to start despite being heavily linked with a move to Manchester City, but a knee injury may keep out Mesut Ozil.

Players to watch:  Sanchez & Hazard

Prediction:  Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

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