Arsenal v Chelsea : Gunners proving popular as Blues field weakened side at Emirates
Arsenal v Chelsea, Saturday 12:30
Setting this weekend’s Premier League action with a bang, Chelsea travel to the Emirates Stadium hoping to bring European form back to English shores as Bet365 offer free bets and latest Arsenal v Chelsea Odds to come out on top in the London clash, as there’s no doubt that Di Matteo and his side will have one eye on their Champions League return leg in Barcelona next Tuesday.
Both the Gunners and Chelsea have undergone huge improvements in the last two months and Chelsea will be looking to claw back to with four points of Arsenal by winning this game in hand over their top four rivals.
Roberto Di Matteo’s side will be elated following their midweek victory over Champions League title holders Barcelona and the Italian faces the difficult task of choosing a side capable of emerging victorious in North London with a semi final second-leg in Catalonia just around the corner.
One man who won’t be featuring this weekend is Branislav Ivanovic who is set to serve the remaining fixture of a three-match ban after punching Wigan playmaker Shaun Maloney.
The Serbian could be joined by Oriol Romeu, who is recovering from illness but could be healthy enough to feature on Saturday.
Arsenal have a considerably lengthier list of absentees but will be pleased to hear that Abou Diaby is once again battling to return to full fitness in time for the encounter.
The playmaker will be needed too, after it was announced during midweek that Mikel Arteta would miss the end of season run-in with ligament damage.
Yossi Benayoun is another midfielder who won’t be in the Arsenal line-up this weekend as is the conditions of his loan deal from the Blues, meaning Aaron Ramsey is likely to claim a starting berth.
Arsene Wenger will have been extremely disappointed to have fallen victim to the ever-improving Wigan Athletic during the week and will be keener than ever to further the gap between them and Chelsea as he looks to seal a top three finish.
Should the hosts win on Saturday, they will claim an eight-point gap between them and rivals Tottenham Hotspur, if only temporarily having then played two more matches than Spurs.