As the 2015-16 Euro Soccer moves on in the season and the English Premier League (EPL) has some challenging matches, we are reviewing a match that takes place on Sunday the 24th of January 2015 between the ‘Gunners’ of Arsenal F.C. (1st in EPL) playing the ‘Blues’ of Chelsea F.C. (14th in EPL) with the game being played at Emirates Stadium in London at 11 PM ET.
In the start of the season most fans thought that the big clash would be this game with the Gunners playing the Blues for the lead in the EPL, but as the Gunners continued winning, the Blues have disappointed fans as they dropped almost out of the EPL rankings. Chelsea the defending champs will not be defending their 2015 record, but they could become a spoiler in this match-up on Sunday.
For the fans of the Arsenal Gunners you know your team recently struggled on the road games, since in their last 3 road games with a loss 4-0 to Southampton and then 2 draws with Liverpool, then with Stoke.
However, there is some good news on the surface and that’s because their returning home, after their opening loss. For the Arsenal fans your team returns home for a game at Emirates. More good news is that they expect to have their 2 stars back in the lineup in A. Sanchez and M. Ozil in this Sunday game.
Superstar A. Sanchez has been on injury leave resulting from an injury back in November, and his return will be a help for the Gunner’s offense. In EPL games this season Sanchez had scored 6 goals before injury. Should their Coach Wenger not start Sanchez, his replacement O. Giroud will suffice, as he has scored some 9 goals in his last 10 games this season?
Ozil had missed their last match with Stoke due to injury, but should be a starter in this Sunday date with Chelsea. Prior to that injury Ozil has be a key player in their offense with 16 assists to date.
For the fans of the Chelsea Blues, your teams firing of J. Mourinho and hiring G. Hiddink as the Interim Manager hasn’t exactly worked out as expected. Yes your Blues are undefeated in the ultimate six league games, but have registered only 1 win in 5 games since Hiddink took charge.
In the other 5 matches since Hiddink to the helm they have 4 draws with their ultimate 2 draws being with Dogs of War of Everton and the Baggies of West Brom. Good news for you fans is that C. Fabregas played his best this season against Everton even as they lost, while he score his 1st goal of this EPL season. Also, D. Costa had a continuance of his hot streak as in his last 5 games he has scored some 5 goals, and there that bad news is he acquired an injury that has him questionable for this Sunday game with the Gunners. They also expect E. Hazard to return for Sunday’s game after missing time due to injury two weeks ago.
But the Blues are still lacking star performance to demonstrate that they are up to par with the other top EPL teams. Their defense has been struggling with holes in the line that the Gunners will certainly test.
Offensively the Blues game has not been reliable, and if star Costa does not play Sunday they could struggle much more. Chelsea has only won two of their road games to date this season and have only accumulated some 11 goals in their road record of 2-3-5.
The sportsbook prediction for this EPL match is that the Arsenal Gunners with odds at -105, will stay with their game and have an easy win over the Chelsea Blues this Sunday.