Friday, March 21, 2014

Chelsea vs Arsenal Premier League 22-03-2014

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Chelsea vs Arsenal - Competition: 2013/2014 English Premier League, Round 31
Match date: Saturday, 22 March 2014
Chelsea team enter matchweek 31 of the English Premier League atop the pile in first place with a 4-point gap between them and second place Liverpool. However, Liverpool have a game in hand, as do Manchester City who have 3 games in hand at 6 points adrift, which mathematically could make them the league-leaders. This sudden upsurge from their fellow title contenders was self-inflicted after the Blues lost 1-0 last Saturday to Aston Villa in Villa Park. The match saw Brazilian pair Willian and Ramires sent off by referee Chris Foy for questionable challenges, and while those red cards may be justified, there were numerous offside calls and even a disallowed goal that could be called into question (Jose Mourinho received a touchline ban for this Saturday after his ensuing antics). But facts and results alone matter in football, so the Blues must shake off last weekend's drama and push on when Arsenal visit Stamford Bridge. The hosts have failed to win just twice all year (2 draws) in league action at home. 
Probable lineups Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Lampard, Matic; Schürrle, Oscar, Hazard; Eto'o.
Arsenal enter the biggest game of their Premier League season thus far when they visit Stamford Bridge this Saturday. The Gunners currently sit in 3rd place at 4 points adrift Chelsea but do have a game in hand. Pegged as a long shot to win the league title this season, the Gunners have done an admirable job in the wake of multiple injuries to significant players to put themselves in such a promising position. However, a loss this weekend will all but end their hopes, and knowing Wenger he will be more than happy with a draw. It is the Frenchman's 1000th game at the helm of Arsenal, so expect added motivation for his troops when they take the field as they have nothing but admiration and respect for their talismanic manager. Confidence will also be flowing through the camp in this week's training, as the Gunners are coming off a 4-1 defeat of Everton in the F.A. Cup, a 1-1 draw in Munich against the reigning European champions, and a 1-0 shutout of archrivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Tomas Rosicky played hero last weekend and will need to step up here as well if his side hope to take home a result. Notice the lengthy injury list below.
Probable lineups Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Flamini; Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski; Giroud. 

Kick Off Time: 12:45 GMT - 13:45 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, United Kingdom
Referee: Andre Marriner

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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