20:00 GMT 10 January 2018
Plenty of English sides were involved in FA Cup third round action at the weekend and this week brings the two semi-final fixtures of the Carabao Cup. The second of the two brings one of the country’s biggest rivalries as Arsenal take the trip to South London to face Chelsea. Both teams struggled in the FA Cup, Arsenal were dumped out by Nottingham Forest while Chelsea were held to a goalless draw by Norwich City.
As they always have been, Chelsea and Arsenal have been incredibly hard to separate in their meetings in recent years. All three of the last three fixtures have ended in stalemate. In the four before those, both sides shared two wins apiece, highlighting just how close their meetings are. Their most recent match-up came a week ago and it was a classic, the game finished 2-2 after Hector Bellerin pulled his team level in the second minute of added time.
Head to head matches: Chelsea FC - Arsenal FC
|03.01.2018||Prem||Arsenal FC||Chelsea FC||2:2|
Chelsea need to take advantage of their first-leg home tie and need to take a lead of some sort into the second-leg at the Emirates. Their star man so far this term, Eden Hazard, is a doubt for the match while their new signing, Ross Barkley, is short of match fitness but might make the bench. Latest matches: Chelsea FC
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Latest matches: Chelsea FC
The visitors need to go into the second-leg at their place with a chance of progression and if they can avoid defeat at Stamford Bridge, they could well make the final. Although, they have lots of problems with injuries as Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny face late fitness tests ahead of the match along with Granit Xhaka. Both their left-backs, Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac, are injured as are Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla. They might struggle.
Latest matches: Arsenal FC
|07.01.2018||FA C||Nottingham Forest||Arsenal FC||4:2||L|
|03.01.2018||Prem||Arsenal FC||Chelsea FC||2:2||D|
|31.12.2017||Prem||West Bromwich Albion||Arsenal FC||1:1||D|
|28.12.2017||Prem||Crystal Palace||Arsenal FC||2:3||W|
|22.12.2017||Prem||Arsenal FC||Liverpool FC||3:3||D|
With their home crowd behind them, Chelsea should take a decent lead into the second-leg but they need to play a strong team instead of a weakened team we have become accustomed to. Arsenal need to be strong at the back or they could be on the end of a hammering.
10 January 2018 - 20:00 GMT
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