The early-kick off in the Premier League this weekend sees two London rivals go head-to-head as Chelsea travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal, with John Terry available due to his ‘right to appeal’ following his four game ban handed out by the FA this week.
The game at the Emirates does look to be one of the pick of the fixtures in this round of Premier League matches and his 12:45 kickoff could set the tone for another superb weekend of action.
The tie really sits in the balance as well as both these teams currently hold an unbeaten record in the league and are full of confidence at the moment.
Arsenal (best price 5/4 with Paddy Power) seem as though they are ready to make a title challenge yet again this campaign, if they are to do so, then in is these kind of encounters that the Gunners need to be winning.
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After 13 goals in their last three matches across all competitions, Arsene Wenger’s men really are firing on all cylinders and will feel confident about taking all three points on Saturday.
They have been no stranger to taking points off the big sides either, as they have won at Liverpool and taken a point from Manchester City so far.
Much of this has to do with an improvement at the back – Steve Bould came in during the summer and set to work immediately, and it seems the ex Gunners legend has managed to build a better, cohesive unit.
Per Mertesacker has finally begun to look like an international defender, ably assisted by Laurent Koscielny, who secured a point for the Gunners at the Etihad last week with a stunning strike.
With club captain Thomas Vermaelen also ready to return to the fold as well as midfielder Jack Wilshire, Arsenal suddenly have a little strength in depth.
Recently announced net profits of £36.6m for the year ending May 31st has seen the club going in the right direction, both on and off the pitch.
As for Chelsea (best price 13/5 with Ladbrokes), they are the early pace-setters right now after four victories and a draw sees them a point clear at the top.
With this being the early kick-off, the Blues know that they can open a real gap between them and the rest of the chasing back – so their incentive to grab the points is certainly there.
Of course, the John Terry four match ban will overshadow the Blues coming into the game and it remains to be seen what sort of effect this will have throughout the squad.
Roberto Di Matteo’s men will need to return to the form they showed at the start of the campaign in this one, which is their toughest match of the season so far.
The likes of Eden Hazard must be on top of their game to help the away side take a victory here, and the Belgian international is likely to return to the starting line up, together with young Brazilian Oscar who both missed the League Cup tie midweek.
With both teams loving to play attacking football, this could be a superb 90 minutes of football.