This London derby between two top teams in the Premier League should prove an open and entertaining contest this weekend.
This London Derby will feature many dramatic narratives, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang squaring off against Arsenal for the first time since his departure. However, the prime focus will be on the Gunners’ current run of good form that has them sitting at the top of the Premier League table.
Meanwhile, the Blues are fresh off a humbling 4-1 defeat at the hands of Graham Potter’s former club Brighton, dropping them to sixth in the table behind Manchester United. However, they did pick up a victory over Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League fixture midweek.
Chelsea comes in as a slight favourite at home against the Gunners, who sit alone atop the Premier League table, two points clear of Manchester City.
There is a solid lean toward both clubs reaching the back of the net, which may seem like a safe bet at first glance. However, Arsenal have fielded a strong defence this season, which will make it difficult for the Blues.
The Gunners’ attack has been well-balanced all season, with Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli finding the back of the net five times each, while Bukayo Saka and Martin Ødegaard have scored four goals, as well.
Overall, Arsenal have scored 30 goals in just 12 Premier League matches.
The Blues will have the advantage of playing at Stamford Bridge, but their inconsistent form (17 goals with 15 conceded) will not be enough to stop Arsenal, who scored five goals in their last EPL match against Nottingham Forest.
Chelsea is 13th in expected goals this season, behind Leeds United and Aston Villa. Meanwhile, the Gunners just collected their fifth clean sheet and will be on the hunt for a statement win on their rivals’ home turf.
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