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Arsenal and Chelsea go head-to-head in a London derby in the English Premier League on Boxing Day.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta will be shovelling his Christmas dinner around the plate in anxious preparation for the rival clash, with his managerial title hanging by a thread of tinsel.
His side are 14th in the EPL table and, following defeat to Everton, even suffered the indignity of being labelled “relegation rivals” by freshly-installed West Brom boss Sam Allardyce.
Thomas Partey won’t be available for the hosts due to injury, with the Gabriels, Martinelli and Magalhaes, in with a prayer of featuring.
Misfiring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could also miss out having sat out the last two fixtures thanks to a calf problem.
Chelsea are in much better shape, fifth in the table going into the festive programme and having stopped back-to-back defeats becoming three on the spin with another London derby success.
The Blues picked apart West Ham 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, easing concerns raised by losses on the road to Wolves and Everton.
Hakim Ziyech is ruled out for this one, although Callum Hudson-Odoi is in with a sniff of returning to action at the Emirates.
Defenders Reece James and Ben Chilwell are both doubtful thanks to knee and ankle niggles respectively.
Arsenal vs Chelsea: EPL predictions by the numbers
- Coming into this game, Arsenal has picked up one point from their last five games, scoring both home and away. . That’s just 0.2 points per game on average.
- Arsenal have scored in three of their last five fixtures, they have not won in any one of those matches, though – losing four and drawing once.
- Chelsea, meanwhile, have picked up seven points from their last five games, both home and away – an average of 1.4 points per game on average.
- Chelsea have scored seven times out of their last five games, just two of those have ended with both teams scoring.
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Arsenal vs Chelsea: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Arsenal Starting XI: Bernd Leno, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny, Dani Ceballos, Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe, Eddie Nketiah, Willian.
Probable Chelsea Starting XI: Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva, Emerson, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner.