Date and Time: 21st April 2022 @12:15 AM IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Chelsea vs Arsenal where to watch?
India: Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
Chelsea vs Arsenal Team News:
When Mateo Kovacic suffered an ankle injury
during Chelsea’s 1-0 FA Cup
semi-final victory, manager Thomas Tuchel admitted that the injury appeared to be serious after the final whistle. While the extent of the damage is currently unknown, Tuchel admitted that the injury appeared to be serious after the final whistle. Aside from long-term absentees Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kovacic is accompanied in the treatment room by Ross Barkley, who missed the Palace triumph, but it might very well have been a tactical decision by Tuchel.
As a result of Kovacic’s absence, N’Golo Kante will be expected to return to the engine room, and it would not be surprising to see Tuchel consider giving Romelu Lukaku a start, given how much he frightened the Arsenal backline earlier in the season at the Emirates.
The return to training of Arsenal right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu ahead of Wednesday’s game means he could be in contention to make his return, although Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney remain sidelined. The availability of captain Alexandre Lacazette is also in doubt after he tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the Southampton match, therefore Eddie Nketiah could be called upon to lead the line once more at Stamford Bridge.
As a result, Arteta has the option of switching Gabriel Martinelli to the central position and bringing Emile Smith Rowe back into play on the left-hand side, a formation that Arsenal fans have been clamouring for. The England international has fond memories of Arsenal’s 1-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium last season.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Probable Playing XI:
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; James, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Werner; Lukaku
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tavares; Xhaka, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Martinelli
Chelsea vs Arsenal Betting Predictions:
Match Betting: Chelsea Win (1.87)