The premier league boxing day games are here Again, the fixtures are quite looking tough and exciting, as Leicester United takes on Manchester United by 1:30 pm, Arsenal takes on Chelsea today by 6:30 pm, Manchester City takes on Newcastle by 9 pm today.
Below are the reason why I feel Chelsea should be weary of today’s clash with Arsenal.
- Form: The Gunners are very down in form but Chelsea are not particularly in their best form also. We have lost our last two away Premier League games and tho we thrashed West Ham 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in our last Premier League home game, the performance was not particularly vintage as Lampard himself comfirmed after the match.
- Incomplete Squad: Chelsea have been struggling to influence games with the absence of Ziyech and with Reece James and Ben Chilwell still a doubt for the game, creativity could be harder than we even imagine in this game.
- Boxing Day Disadvantage: Arsenal has never lost a home game on Boxing Day since 1987 but Chelsea don’t particularly share a similar record on Boxing Day. The Blues don’t really have a good winning record on this day as they do on other days. Chelsea drew against Crystal palace in 2015 (2-2), Chelsea lost to Southampton (0-2) in 2019, in 2018, we won Watford 2-1 and in 2017, we won Brighton 2-0. So as you can see it’s more like a 50/50 win on this day for us.
However these are just unpopular stats that might not really affect the game but sometimes they also just happen in football.
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