Chelsea and Arsenal Starting XI Predictions for North London Derby

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Chelsea head to Arsenal Wednesday night to end the festive period fixture congestion that supporters and television companies love, but managers abhor. This London derby has been a very busy and active one for the officials, as there have been six red cards in the last seven meetings between these sides across all competitions.

Chelsea has had a player sent off in each of the last three meetings. Arsenal are slightly favored in this one, even though they have failed to score in seven of their last nine against the Blues in league play.

The Gunners have just four goals in total during that span.

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In team news today, Arsene Wenger could be hit with a match ban, as the Football Association has charged him with verbally abusing official Mike Dean on Sunday. Flipping over to the Chelsea side, Antonio Conte said that he thinks David Luiz, who has been linked to the opponent here this transfer window, not to leave in the January window.

Additionally, Wenger said that both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are replaceable, should they leave. On the other side, Conte has dismissed the idea that his side will acquire his former player, Giorgio Chiellini.

Full match injury/fitness report: go to this link

Let’s take a a look at our starting XI predictions for both teams, starting with the hosts.

Attack: Danny Welbeck, Alexandre Lacazette, Theo Walcott

Midfield: Ainsley Maitland-NilesJack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka, Hector Bellerin

Back Line: Per Mertesacker, Shokdran Mustafi, Calum Chambers

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech

Odds: Arsenal – 15/8 Draw – 5/2 Chelsea – 8/5

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Chelsea Starting XI Prediction

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois

Defenders: Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen

Midfielders: Cesc Fabregas, N’Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Victor Moses 

Forwards: Eden Hazard, Marcos Alonso, Alvaro Morata

Prediction: Arsenal 2, Chelsea 1

As always, feel free to post your own Chelsea or Arsenal starting XI prediction, and/or the score prediction, the comments section below.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune company’s blogging community Chicago Now.

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