Sunday 17 September, 12.30pm on Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502) + Sky Sports Main Event/HD (CH 511/501)
If you’re looking for a top-drawer Premier League rivalry to watch on the box, there’s an absolute belter coming up live on Sky Sports on Sunday 17 September – Chelsea versus Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. These feisty footballing foes will be going head to head with three points (and a whole lot of local pride) up for grabs in one of English football’s most iconic fixtures. Antonio Conte’s champions have steadied their ship after losing to Burnley on the opening weekend, but things are far from rosy for the Gunners and under-pressure boss Arsène Wenger. It’s all set up to be an unmissably explosive encounter in the capital – but who’s going to come out on top?
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the big game…
Where and when
The Gunners are visiting Stamford Bridge on Sunday 17 September, with coverage from 12.30pm on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event ahead of a 1.30pm kick-off.
Chelsea: Eden Hazard, who is working his way back to full fitness after fracturing his ankle in June, remains a doubt for the Blues. New signings Danny Drinkwater and Tiémoué Bakayoko will be pressing for selection.
Arsenal: Alex Iwobi (thigh problem) and Santi Cazorla (Achilles) are unavailable for the Gunners, although Calum Chambers should be fit again after a groin injury.
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rüdiger, Moses, Fabregas, Kanté, Alonso, Willian, Pedro, Morata
Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Cech, Mustafi, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Monreal, Özil, Sanchez, Lacazette
Reasons to believe
Chelsea: The West Londoners have been the dominant force in this fixture in recent times, winning 11 of the last 17 Premier League meetings. Plus, having hit their stride after that opening-day wobble, Conte’s troops are undoubtedly the in-form team of the two
Arsenal: The Gunners beat Chelsea on penalties to lift the Community Shield back in August, so they already know what it takes to overcome the champions. And while these are uncertain days at the Emirates Stadium, the team is still packed full of world-class match-winners.
Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal (Premier League – 4 Feb 17)
Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea (FA Cup – 27 May 17)
Arsenal (3)1-1(1) (Community Shield – 6 Aug 17)
Players to watch
Chelsea: Nimble-footed forward Alvaro Morata will have a big say in the outcome of this game. The Spaniard has taken to English football like a very expensive duck to water since arriving at Chelsea from Real Madrid for a reported £58million, scoring two goals and setting up two more in his first four appearances. ¡Vamos!
Arsenal: Laurent Koscielny will need to be at his shot-blocking, last-ditch-tackling best at the centre of Arsenal’s defence if the visitors want to leave Stamford Bridge with a point or three. If his team was a family, the French international would be the dependable dad who’s always available to give a lift.
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