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- Updated: September 28, 2012
Premier league match : Arsenal vs Chelsea Live stream,Preview,Prediction,Lineups
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee: M. Atkinson
This Saturday, on scheduled is the sixth round of the English Premier League and the derby match is also the first one to be played at the Emirates stadium where Chelsea will defend the first place on the table against their city rivals.
After both teams scored six goals in the League Cup earlier this week, Arsenal and Chelsea will weigh their strength ahead of the Champions League competition.
Specifically, the “Blues” are currently the leading team of the league with 13 points, while the “Gunners” have four points less, and therefore are on fifth place, and we should add that both of these two teams have not been defeated in the first five rounds .
Otherwise, these two teams have a very rich history of mutual duels, but this time we will only mention that in the last three matches Arsenal won twice, while in April this year at the Emirates Stadium they played a match without any goals.
When we talk about the Arsenal team, we need to mention that they opened the season a bit disappointingly, with two draws,first at home 0-0 against Sunderland, and with the same result in the second round on away game against Stoke City.
These two games once again confirmed that the “Gunners” just like the last year, need some time to interplay, and thus in the third round of the Premier League they achieve their first victory, at Liverpool, and then at home they sunk Southampton with 6:1.
On the wings of these two wins, “Gunners” in the first round of the Champions League provided a great game as guests in Montpellier, where they eventually celebrated with 2:1,so in a good mood they awaited the last week’s away game against the current English champion Manchester City .
However, there the most of the match they were the submissive role and even all the way to 82nd minutes had a goal behind, when in a crowd the penalty box Arsenal´s defender Koscielny finally brought the equalizer and a great point for his team.
After that, again with a 6:1 they celebrated,but this time in the third round of the League Cup against second division club Coventry, which could only further boost their morale before this derby match with Chelsea. It is also expected that they will play it in front of their fans something more offensive than in Manchester, but again with great caution given that they very well-known the quality of Chelsea attackers.
Otherwise, out of action are still injured goalies Szczesny and Fabianski, Sagna and midfielders Frimpong, Wilshere and Rosicky.
Arsenal probable lineup 4-3-3 : Mannone;Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs;Diaby, Arteta, Cazorla ;Walcott, Giroud, Podolski
As for Chelsea, they entered the national championship much more ambitious this year, and in the first three rounds they achieve the same number of wins, but then they slow a little as guests against city rivals QPR, playing only 0:0.
However, last weekend they again returned to their victorious habits, when they at Stamford Bridge with a lot of troubles came to minimum triumph over the very unpleasant and strong Stoke City team, and so they maintain a leading position in the Premier league.
Otherwise, ten days ago, they had a difficult match against Juventus in the first round of the Champions League, where they eventually dropped the lead of two goals difference, but that draw is certainly a lot better than the previous defeat in UEFA Super Cup, when they were defeated with even 4-1 against Atletico Madrid.
All this tells us that the coach Di Matteo so far the most problems had with their defense, on the other hand attackers are doing their job really good, just like three days ago, when in the third round of the League Cup at home they sunk Wolverhampton with 6:0 .
That’s why Chelsea players in this match against city rivals,Arsenal, definitely the most attention have to devote to the defensive segment.John Terry´s recent four-match ban will not start yet, so he can play in this match,which is a good thing for Blues defence.Marko Marin and Ramires are doubtfull but Ramires probably will start this match.
Chelsea probable lineup 4-3-3 : Cech;Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Cole;Mikel, Lampard, Ramires;Hazard, Torres, Mata
Match prediction : Although these two teams recently scored a lot of goals, we expect that in their mutual duel they will play more cautious, because for both of them will certainly be important to remain unbeaten in the Premier league, but also to maintain a good atmosphere in front of the Champions league matches.Another good option for this match to take is both teams to score.