Chelsea will face Arsenal in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinals on Wednesday night. Both teams have had a disappointing FA Cup weekend as holders Arsenal were knocked out by Nottingham Forest where as Chelsea have to play a replay after they drew with Norwich. For both the teams, Carabao Cup represents the easiest way of winning a trophy this season with Man City’s lead in the league and any European success being unlikely.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Prediction
All the recent Chelsea vs Arsenal games have been eventful and we can expect a cracker on Wednesday too. It might even turn out to be Alexis Sanchez’s last game for Arsenal as a move to Man City looks imminent.
Chelsea vs Arsenal Formations
Chelsea vs Arsenal Prediction- Starting Lineups
Chelsea Starting Lineup
Courtois | Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta | Alonso, Drinkwater, Kante, Fabregas, Moses | Hazard, Morata
Arsenal Starting Lineup
Cech | Chambers, Mustafi, Koscielny | Bellerin, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ainsley Maitland-Niles | Ozil, Lacazette, Sanchez
Chelsea Vs Arsenal Result Prediction
It will certainly be an entertaining game for the fans with both the managers expected to name attacking lineups. Chelsea’s attack has been so inconsistent so far and Arsenal’s defence like always has been their weakest link so far this season. Morata will be key to Chelsea’s hopes especially as with Hazard up top, the Spaniard will have numerous opportunities to create space for himself. Arsenal on the other hand will be relying on their brilliant front three to carry their attack. The midfield of Xhaka-Wilshere will have a tough battle against Chelsea’s midfield 3.
Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal
Both the teams have struggled for consistency this season and with the European competitions taking even more significance this season, a Carabao Cup win will provide a huge boost to both the clubs. Both the managers will certainly find their job to be much easier after winning a trophy.