Chelsea vs Arsenal Build-up – Mata the key man

Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon with both teams looking for a win to boost any hopes for a title challenge this season.  With this year’s campaign becoming tightly contested, three points for either team could already prove vitally important to this seasons aspirations.

Chelsea go into the clash off the back of a 1-0 defeat to QPR, losing Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba to suspension in the process.  However, the loss is only their second of the season, with a renewed attacking intent echoed in their recent play. Chelsea have won six of their last nine and scored 20 goals.

Chelsea are also boosted by the return of £50 million pound striker Fernando Torres who has started to show why the London club paid so much for his services.  Torres has now scored four in his last five games, including an impressive double in the Champions League against Belgian side Genk.  With Drogba suspended, Daniel Sturridge, who scored the winner against Everton mid-week, is expected to regain a starting berth as the clubs joint top scorer. He has scored an impressive five goals in eight appearances.

Despite recent criticisms, Arsenal are on a run of six wins out of the last seven games, their only defeat coming at the hands of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Robin van Persie is leading the Gunners scoring charts, hitting the net nine times in his last 13 appearances.  In spite of all the recent media hype, Arsene Wenger has pulled together a solid squad which still boasts quality throughout.  The signing of Per Mertesacker, coupled with the return of the impressive Thomas Vermaelen, has improved the fragile back line, while the classy Mikel Arteta and Gervinho have slipped seamlessly into the Arsenal mentality.

Chelsea, however, still have the upper hand as far as Premiership predictions are concerned when it comes to the combination of strength and skill. The likes of John Obi Mikel will play a big role in the midfield, attempting to bully Aaron Ramsey and Arteta off the ball and out of their rhythm, while the full backs will provide the width which provides the platform for the Chelsea’s front line to get in behind the Arsenal defense.

The most important player will be Juan Mata. Playing in the free role, the amount of time and space he is allowed will decide which pace the game will adopt.  If he is not stopped, those looking at bookmaker free bets believe Chelsea will surely run out comfortable winners over their London counterparts.

 

Written by TCB reader Thomas Rooney

4 Responses to “Chelsea vs Arsenal Build-up – Mata the key man”

  1. I don’t think this year’s title race is becoming congested.

    It looks more liekly that City and maybe United will move clear.

    Chelsea has a chance to challenge but not with performances and results like those they’ve had recently.

    A draw is good for Arsenal, who can’t win the league and would like to be battling for third or fourth (as opposed to fourth).

    For Chelsea a draw would be close to saying the title is basically out of reach

  2. Also – although Arsenal have had very good results recently and they are improving , they are still not playing well by any standards.

    No-one has fitted in seamlessly.

  3. 4me i think dat chelsea are going to beat de match,following de odds dat i’ve seing,although i’ve seing hw arsenal have been in progres but still chelsea will win.

  4. chelsea will definately win this particular game to boost title race hope.