A massive Boxing Day London Derby will unfold Saturday afternoon as a struggling Arsenal side will host a hungry and talented Chelsea club.
For the Gunners, 2020 has certainly been a season to forget thus far. Manager Mikel Arteta continues to push buttons, though isn’t getting any of the desired results. They have had to endure injuries, yes – though this is still a squad that isn’t developing talent and their high-priced stars simply aren’t delivering. They enter Gameweek 15 in 15th spot in the table, just four points up from the dangerous relegation zone. Arsenal have only mustered 14 points from 14 games, their worst start since the 1974-75 season. For a club with so much prestige, they’re floundering in an important season.
Their rivals from Chelsea are underperforming as well, though the expectations were much different for the Blues entering this season. Manager Frank Lampard hasn’t gotten desired results yet from big German signings, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner – and their offense has suddenly dried up. This is a team that should contend for the Premier League title, and yet they currently sit in fifth spot, six points back of Liverpool in 1st place. With all of the talent here, Chelsea needs to start collecting convincing victories.
With all of the expectations and desperation seeping into these two London-based clubs, it should make this Boxing Day derby even more exciting. There will be loads of talent and skill on the pitch Saturday, so be sure to tune in for what promises to be a thrilling encounter. Read on beneath the posted odds for further team news and a betting analysis for Chelsea vs. Arsenal in Gameweek 15.
Arsenal vs. Chelsea Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (-105)
Under 2.5 (-115)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Arsenal vs. Chelsea Pick:
Arsenal enters this crucial fixture a reeling side, and one that might not be getting much injury relief. Team captain and top striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains an injury doubt and is unlikely to suit up. Him, along with Thomas Partey and Gabe Martinelli are all slated to miss out – key losses to Arsenal’s speed and skill within their lineup.
As a result, Arsenal will again be forced to field a collection of out-of-form players or inexperienced talent. Their play without the ball has been poor lately, while they’re currently lacking any sort of push forward. Nicolas Pepe has proven to be overhyped, while Willian and Alex Lacazette’s best playing days are clearly already behind them.
This lineup should play into the hands of a hungry and motivated Chelsea side desperately seeking out points. Frank Lampard is blessed with a deep squad, and one that shouldn’t have much difficulty replacing those missing out due to minor injuries (Ziyech, Chilwell, James). Expect the Blues to push the pace with an attack-heavy lineup, and really try to put all sorts of pressure on a weak Arsenal defense.
Up front, the Blues should overwhelm with speed, skill, and physicality – as that is exactly what the attacking trio of Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, and Timo Werner provide. Meanwhile, Jorginho and Mason Mount will play key roles with ball-winning and distribution in the midfield, and should thoroughly outplay Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka in the centre of the pitch.
There’s a heavy talent disparity between both of these clubs, and definitely a confidence one as well. While neither side is rolling, the Blues offer much more hope and optimism, while for Arsenal it seems like they’re merely just playing out this rough stretch until manager Mikel Arteta is sacked. It’s a tough situation for the fading Gunners, but Chelsea again represent great value on Boxing Day.