A London derby of epic proportions takes place at Stamford Bridge today as Arsenal look to reclaim top spot in the Premier League against a Chelsea side very much in transition under Graham Potter.
In recent years, many fans would have expected those roles to be reversed but Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are flying high this season and have only lost one league game to help them stand out as the only genuine contenders to Manchester City’s crown at this stage of the campaign.
Chelsea, meanwhile, face their biggest test of Potter’s fledgling tenure after last week’s humbling defeat to Brighton. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to face his old club in one of the many sub-plots of today’s game. BT Sport will broadcast the early kick-off live and Standard Sport have both Nizaar Kinsella and Simon Collings on the scene to provide expert analysis via our live blog!
Countdown to kick-off
The sun is still rising over the capital as we approach the final 90 minutes before the match.
Some more odds for you…
Man City: 1/7
Man United: 50/1
Man United: 5/6
Odds via Betfair and subject to change.
In fact, Arsenal have won four of the most recent five meetings with the away team triumphant the last three in a row.
Chelsea have not beaten Arsenal at home in the Premier League since Maurizio Sarri was in charge – a late 3-2 win in August 2018.
Chelsea wins: 66
Arsenal wins: 81
Evening Standard score prediction
Arsenal appear to have broken through the hoodoo to have hung over them at Stamford Bridge of late and have already taken big scalps this season. With Chelsea floundering against Brighton, an away win seems likely.
Arsenal to win 2-0.
Predicted Chelsea XI (3-4-3): Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Koulibaly; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Cucurella; Mount, Aubameyang, Sterling.
Early Arsenal team news
Takehiro Tomiyasu will miss out today but the question is whether Kieran Tierney or Oleksandr Zinchenko will start at left-back.
The Scot’s goal in midweek reminded Mikel Arteta of his abilities but Zinchenko is nearing a return from injury and could feature today.
Early Chelsea team news
Ben Chilwell has joined Chelsea’s growing list of injury absentees.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, Reece James, Wesley Fofana and N’Golo Kante are also injured until after the World Cup.
One question is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s inclusion, against his old club.
How to watch
TV channel: The game will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 and Ultimate, with coverage starting at 11.30am before a 12pm kick-off.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the game via a live stream on either the BT Sport website or app.
LIVE coverage: Follow all of the action right here with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog. Nizaar Kinsella and Simon Collings will be providing expert analysis from the ground.