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Arsenal vs Chelsea: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Tom Gott
Chelsea kicked off the season with victory over Palace; Arsenal lost at Brentford
Chelsea kicked off the season with victory over Palace; Arsenal lost at Brentford / Visionhaus/Getty Images
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Chelsea will be looking to pile on the misery at Arsenal when the two sides square up at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Mikel Arteta's Gunners were comprehensively bested by Brentford in their season opener, and the boss is well aware that a positive response needs to come immediately.

Unfortunately, that response needs to come against European champions Chelsea, who picked Crystal Palace apart to the tune of a 3-0 victory last time out.

Here's everything you need to know about the game.


How to watch Arsenal vs Chelsea on TV in the UK/US

When is kick off? Sunday 22 August, 16:30 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Emirates Stadium
What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event (UK), fuboTV (US)
Who's the referee? Paul Tierney
Who's the VAR? Chris Kavanagh


Arsenal team news

Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Lacazette & Aubameyang have been unwell / Pool/Getty Images

New signing Martin Odegaard is not going to make it in time for this one, but goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is in contention for his debut after completing his transfer from Sheffield United late on Friday.

The Gunners will also be without Alexandre Lacazette, who is recovering from COVID-19, but there could be returns for both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Willian, who also tested positive but will be freed from isolation in time for the game.

However, there will be no comebacks for Thomas Partey (ankle), Gabriel (knee) and Eddie Nketiah (ankle).


Chelsea team news

Romelu Lukaku has already confirmed that he plans on making his debut against Arsenal, and at this point, that's all Chelsea fans really care about.

To keep the positivity going, Thomas Tuchel is expecting to welcome midfielder N'Golo Kante back from the injury picked up in the Super Cup final, and Hakim Ziyech has also returned to training after damaging his shoulder in the same came.

Chelsea will definitely be without Christian Pulisic, who has recently joined Ruben Loftus-Cheek in testing positive for COVID-19.


Arsenal vs Chelsea predicted lineups

Arsenal: Leno; Chambers, White, Mari, Tierney; Lokonga, Xhaka; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Saka; Martinelli.

Chelsea: Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Havertz; Lukaku.


Arsenal vs Chelsea head-to-head record

Arsenal have actually had the bragging rights in this fixture recently. They have won each of the last three meetings between the two teams, including a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge back in May.

The Blues haven't beaten Arsenal since December 2019, when they rocked up at the Emirates and snatched a 2-1 win thanks to late goals from Jorginho and new Roma signing Tammy Abraham.

Chelsea haven't lost four straight games to Arsenal since 2004, when Claudio Ranieri was still in charge and Roman Abramovich was still in the early pages of his cheque book.


Arsenal vs Chelsea score prediction

Trevoh Chalobah, Mason Mount
Chelsea are the favourites for this one / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

It's no secret that Chelsea are the favourites for this one. They might not have the best recent record against Arsenal, but at the minute, the moods around each club could hardly be more different.

Arsenal are still picking themselves up after being emphatically mauled by Brentford, and if Ivan Toney could give them that many problems, just imagine what Lukaku could do to their shaky backline.

Add in the fact that Arsenal are likely to be without their three most-senior striker, and you'll see why Chelsea will be confident of winning this one.

Prediction: Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

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