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Chelsea v Arsenal: Match preview

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The early kick-off and arguably biggest game of the weekend in the Premier League sees third placed Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge to meet leaders Chelsea.

The Blues currently sit four points above Liverpool and six ahead of Manchester City in their hunt for the title, whilst Arsenal have dropped behind Liverpool who hold a much larger goal difference.

Despite a disappointing away loss to Aston Villa on Saturday in which they lost two players and a manager to red cards late on in the game, Chelsea have not lost at home since mid-September. 

The Blues have also just qualified through to the last eight of the Champions League.  Despite continually downplaying their title chances, Jose Mourinho’s team boast the best home record in the Premier League having gained a remarkable 90% of available points at Stamford Bridge whilst remain the only unbeaten team on home soil this season (in the PL).

Arsenal, having started the season so well, have endured a bit of a goal drought of late as well as big players under performing. A win over their rivals Tottenham will have boosted moral but to be fair to Tim Sherwood's men, they were unlucky to leave without at least a share of the points.

Mesut Özil and Lukas Podolski are just a couple of players who have failed to live up to expectations at the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal also lost Aaron Ramsey to injury.

Arsenal were also knocked out of the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich last week following a 3-1 loss on aggregate. However all is not lost. The Gunners still stand in with a chance of challenging for the Premier League title despite being the outsiders with the bookmakers.

An Arsenal victory at Stamford Bridge would tighten the league up even more, but it could also open it up in favour of Manchester City who lie in fourth, six points behind the top but with three games in hand.

However with Chelsea's rounded team - strong defensively with John Terry and Gary Cahill leading the line combined with Eden Hazard in the form of his life and a solid midfield with the return of Nemanja Matic in the centre - makes it is hard to see them dropping any points.

Arsenal's strike force is weak with Olivier Giroud's form inconsistent to say the least.

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