Chelsea v Arsenal – Saturday 12.45pm Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea look to be grinding their way to another Premier League title under Jose Mourinho whilst Arsene Wenger’s side look to be on the verge of seeing yet another promising season fall apart right at the death. Simply put Arsenal cannot afford to lose this game if they want to remain as serious title contenders.
The stats look very much in Jose’s favour but we’ve tried to mine out some nuggets of hope for Arsene.
Arsene Wenger has faced off against Jose Mourinho ten times as managers.
The Bad News: He’s never won a game. Not one.
The Good(ish) news: He’s only lost half of them.
Home and Away
The Good News: Arsenal have the best away record in the Premier League this season with 9 wins, 2 draw and 4 defeats.
The Bad News: Chelsea are unbeaten at home in the league this season.
The Badder News: Chelsea have never lost at home in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho.
Potential Match winners
The Good News: Theo Walcott has scored four goals for Arsenal against Chelsea.
The Bad News: He’s out injured.
Good News: Two other members of the current Arsenal squad have scored against Chelsea.
Bad News: One of them is Nicklas Bendtner, who has a batter chance of scoring with a Danish taxi. The other one is Bacary Sagna. So Sagna first goalscorer at 66/1 it is so.
The Bad News: Juan Mata scored in his last five appearances for Chelsea against Arsenal.
The Good News: He’s now safely tucked away in Old Trafford, no longer a danger to anyone.
The Bad News: Arsenal are five games without a win against Chelsea.
The Good News: They won the previous two games and scored 8 goals in the process. More than Chelsea managed to score in the subsequent five games.
More Bad News: They were two of just four wins Arsenal have enjoyed in 25 games against Chelsea.
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