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Friday, 28 October 2011

Chelsea v Arsenal: Will this be another away day horror show for Wenger?


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Chelsea v Arsenal

Chelsea were stunned by QPR last weekend in an action-packed game at Loftus Road and lost ground on the leaders Manchester City. This weekend they entertain a resurgent Arsenal side with a potent Robin Van Persie in attack. Can the Blues overcome their QPR nightmare to see off the Gunners or will Wenger mastermind Arsenal's first win at Stamford Bridge in three years?

After a sticky start at Stamford Bridge, Andre Villas-Boas has stamped his mark on the squad. They are playing with much more flair and impetus, and Fernando Torres, who will be available for selection again following his three-game suspension, is starting to look like a real £50 million striker.

They will still be seething with some of the decisions that went against them last weekend against QPR, but despite playing a large chunk of the match with only nine men, Chelsea deserved something from the game.

In contrast, Arsenal saw off a stubborn Stoke side last Sunday, but only after Robin Van Persie came off the bench to rescue them. Quite where Arsenal would be without their Flying Dutchman doesn't bare thinking about. Wenger refutes the suggestion that Arsenal are a one player team, but he must be praying every night that Van Persie avoids picking up any sort of injury.

The Gunners have lost their last two visits to Stamford Bridge, 2-0 on both occasions, but they beat the Blues 3-1 at the Emirates in a pulsating clash over the festive period last season.

Chelsea haven't lost at home all season, but they have failed to keep a clean sheet in their Premier League clashes at the Bridge. Arsenal meanwhile are still searching for their first away win of the season. Their only point on the road came on the opening day against Newcastle and the wounds of the Manchester United debacle are still fresh in the memory of every Arsenal fan.

Chelsea have the ability to blitz the Gunners out of sight, but the Gunners have improved considerably over the past few weeks. They are just six points behind Chelsea and their hopes of finishing in the top four are now as far fetched as some critics suggest. However, I believe that this challenge has come a month too soon for Arsene Wenger.

Chelsea v Arsenal; Kick Off 12.45pm October 29 2011

Prediction Panel                                    

Arsenal

Don McMahon

1

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

0

Blackburn

Terry Kennedy

2

V

1

Bolton

Dave Blackburn

2

V

0

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

4

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

2

V

0

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

0

Liverpool

Mark Williams

2

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

1

V

1

Man Utd

Peter Lee

2

V

1

Newcastle

Michael Stout

1

V

1

Norwich City

Sue Read

2

V

1

QPR

Arjun Swaminathan    

2   

V    

1

Stoke City

Philip Eccleston

2

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

2

V

1

Tottenham

Mike Richards

2

V

0

Swansea

Jim White

3

V

1

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

2

V

0

Wigan

Alan Moore

3

V

2

Wolves

Chris Cox

2

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

3

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

1

V

1

Writer

Phil Bundy

2

V

2

Writer

Mitch Waddon

2

V

1

Writer

Matt Turner

TBC

V

TBC

Writer

Chris Pettitt

1

V

2

Writer

Hugh Larkin

2

V

1

Villa fan

Lynette Ranson

3

V

1

Blackpool fan

Phil Trow

2

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

3

V

0

Fulham fan

Russell Goldman

1

V

1

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

2

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

1

West Ham fan

Matthew Beeby

2

V

2

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

1

V

1

Panel Verdict

Chelsea are expected to get back to winning ways.

Home: 25; Draw: 8; Away: 1. TBC 1

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