Our prediction for this Premier League match:
On Sunday the 24th of January the 190th edition of the Arsenal Chelsea derby will take place in the Emirates stadium at 16:00. In 189 confrontations between both teams Arsenal managed to win 72 and Chelsea 61 times. After the disappointing 0-0 draw against Stoke City Arsenal will have to share the first place with Leicester City both having 44 points out of 22 games. Chelsea on the other hand is placed 14th and was unable to win at home against Everton on Saturday afternoon. The first game between both teams this season end in a 1-0 victory for Chelsea which was one of their few victories. The pressure will be high for Arsene Wenger and his players in order to keep the lead in the Premier League. We predict Arsenal to keep the 3 points at home and beat Chelsea with 2-1. Arsenal is currently in a better form than Chelsea and holds the home advantage which brings Arsenal in a better position for this thriller.
Highlighted Player (Thibaut Courtois):
Born on 11 May 1992, Thibaut Courtois is a very talented Belgian goalkeeper who plays for Chelsea. Courtois began his senior football career at Genk, but after spending two seasons at Cristal Arena, he joined Chelsea in 2011. The club chiefs decided to send him on loan to Atletico Madrid, but seeing that Courtois impressed during his spell with the La Liga team, Jose Mourinho confirmed in June, 2014 that the Belgian goalkeeper would return to Chelsea for the 2014/2015 campaign. Thibaut Courtois helped Chelsea win the Premier League trophy in 2015, but the general impression is that he had performed much better while at Atletico Madrid. He won the La Liga title in the 2013/2014 season, while lifting the UEFA Europa League trophy in 2012. Two years later Courtois participated in the Champions League final, but Real Madrid proved to be a big catch for Atletico Madrid. Speaking of his individual awards, Thibaut Courtois was named the La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year (2013).
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.