Chelsea will host Arsenal in a much anticipated London derby in the English Premier League which could have a huge effect on the top four race.
Chelsea were looking favourites for the Premier League title race but with Manchester City and Liverpool chasing they have succumbed to the pressure.
They were dealt a major blow at the hands of Real Madrid as they crashed out of the Champions League but they still have a chance to end the season on a high as they will face Liverpool in the FA Cup final.
With third place almost guaranteed Chelsea have nothing to lose and can play the game with utmost freedom but there will be pride at stake for both the clubs.
The Blues thrashed Southampton 6-0 in the last match and would be eager to repeat that feat against their London rivals. But their home form has been pretty concerning as consecutive losses to Brentford and Real Madrid have somehow dampened their hopes.
Thomas Tuchel’s men have won half of their home games and the Gunners will be ready to exploit their vulnerabilities.
Mikel Arteta’s side is on a three match losing streak and is in the dire need of a victory. Back to back losses have hurt their top four hopes and they cannot afford to lose any more matches.
With Manchester United and West ham United to come up next, the North Londoners need to build something from now on and this Chelsea match could be the perfect platform for them to start a fresh challenge.
A Jan Bednarek goal was enough for Southampton to impose an unlikely defeat on the Gunners. With Champions League football as their solitary aim, the Gunners could inject some much needed inspiration into their campaign with a win.
Chelsea ran out the winner the last time these two teams faced each other at the Emirates. But Arsenal haven’t lost at the Stamford Bridge in the last two matches and it remains to be seen whether they can avoid a defeat for the third time.
CHE vs ARS, EPL 2021/22
Date: 21st April 2022
Time: 12:15 AM IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Chelsea Premier League Form
Chelsea Form (all competitions)
Arsenal Premier League Form
Chelsea wins: 66
Arsenal wins: 80
Chelsea Team News
Mateo Kovacic had to be subbed off after suffering an ankle injury and he could be unavailable for this crucial match. Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi are the long term absentees.
Romelu Lukaku could be seen leading the attacking contingent as the Belgian striker does have an envious record against them.
Arsenal Team News
Takehiro Tomiyasu is aiming a return to the first team but both Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey will miss the virtual clash. Alexandre Lacazette tested positive for Covid-19 and he could also be on the sidelines.
Chelsea possible lineup
Mendy; James, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Werner; Lukaku
Arsenal possible lineup
Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tavares; Xhaka, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Martinelli
Despite their recent shortcomings Chelsea have performed exceedingly well this season and they are expected to get the better of Arsenal.
CHE vs ARS Fantasy XI No. 1
Mendy; James, Rudiger, White; Jorginho, Kante, Xhaka; Mount, Lukaku, Odegaard
CHE vs ARS Fantasy XI No. 2
Mendy; James, Rudiger, White, Tomiyasu; Jorginho, Kante, Xhaka; Mount, Lukaku, Odegaard