Winless in their last four matches, a London derby could be just what Arsenal needs to get things back on track. After losing to Manchester City, the Gunners have now fallen out of first place in the Premier League but can regain their perch temporarily with a victory over Chelsea. In past seasons, this is a clash that would have a Champions League spot on the line but Chelsea’s spiral\ has taken them into the bottom half of the table.
Winless under interim manager Frank Lampard, the Blues are essentially waiting for the Summer to retool but they have a chance to win a derby match if they can take advantage of Arsenal’s form but that will be easier said than done.
How to watch and odds
- Date: Tuesday, May 2 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Emirates Stadium — London
- TV: USA | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
- Odds: Arsenal -185; Draw +305; Chelsea +500 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Arsenal: Despite not winning in their last four games, Mikel Arteta should be encouraged by Arsenal’s attacking form as the team has scored eight goals in those matches. But the defense hasn’t been good enough, allowing 11 goals during the same span.
The defense has been a weakness that the team has managed to offset during the season but without William Saliba, they have struggled to defend while attacking. Facing a Chelsea team that can’t score will be a good time for Arsenal to find their defensive form as another loss could be damaging to morale even with Champions League soccer for next season already confirmed.
Chelsea: It’s hard to tell what Chelsea are playing for at this stage of the season. Not contending for Europe, but also not starting players with an eye toward next season, Chelsea seem to be waiting for the future with no direction in sight. Without Mason Mount and Reece James, Lampard will be short on options but Kai Havertz could return to the attack. But even that return may not be able to help an attack that has only scored one goal in their last five matches in all competitions.
Arsenal will turn things around but it won’t be an easy match as Chelsea won’t want to be turned over too quickly in a London derby. Prediction: Arsenal 3, Chelsea 2