Sitting six points off their fourth-placed visitors after last weekend’s 1-0 loss at West Ham, Arsenal (W12, D5, L5) realistically cannot afford to lose if they want a Champions League return. Yet with just one Premier League (PL) victory over Chelsea in 14 games (W1, D5, L8) since 2011, the ‘Gunners’ will be underdogs here.
Last weekend’s loss marked the first time this league season that Arsenal have failed to score since opening day. That forms part of a relatively poor run since mid-December (W2, D1, L3), especially considering their previous 22-game unbeaten run (in all competitions). Still, home form remains good with just one PL defeat all season (W8, D2, L1) and seven victories coming with a -1 handicap. [Read more…]