Posted on January 24, 2018 by ADMIN

Arsenal v Chelsea Semi-Final Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Chelsea make the short trip across London for tonight’s crunch semi-final clash against Arsenal as we look to battle it out for a place in the final of the Carabao Cup.

The Blues failed to score during their dominant home display at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, and will now have to come and beat us at the Emirates to have any hope of reaching the final.

Manchester City booked their place with a 3-2 victory (5-3 on aggregate) over Bristol City last night, and the Sky Blues will be keeping an eye on tonight’s match-up to find out who they will have to beat to lift the League Cup.

Bookmakers are struggling to pick a favourite for the tie, with both sides available at bigger than 6/4 to win inside the 90 minutes, but you would have to say with home advantage we should be taking this down.

Our opponents come into the match without Spanish duo Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata, taking a huge chunk of our opponents attacking talent out of the tie, and this could well play into our hands.

We will be without Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck for the tie, but should welcome back Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal, who are both much more important to our starting line-up. The former may well have to stay on the bench to accommodate the thoroughly impressive Jack Wilshere, but could play a part in the match later on.

Predicted XI:

Ospina
Mustafi  Koscielny  Monreal
Bellerin  Xhaka  Wilshere  Maitland-Niles
Ozil  Iwobi
Lacazette

This team should have more than enough in it to bring the game to Chelsea, although it remains to be seen whether Wenger will be fielding his best possible XI, an option he has neglected to take in this competition on many occasions.

Should this team start the match, I would expect us to win, and a 2-1 win over the 90 minutes would be my prediction.

Would the above line-up make us favourites to qualify? Will Wenger choose his best XI for the encounter?

Pat J

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25 thoughts on “Arsenal v Chelsea Semi-Final Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

  1. Ignasi

    If Arsenal keep hazard quiet, we will win.

    My main concerns is Xhaka losing his focus and not tracking runners and AMN being rinsed (he gets caught out of position often). If there is good and regular communication tonight from Koscielny to these two players, we will win.

    1. John Ibrahim

      well Xhaka is good at passing and crossing but when comes to defending like marking and tackling hes very weak….

      1. gotanidea

        Xhaka is more suitable to be a creative midfielder, in a more advanced position. This season would be his last chance to prove whether he is worth to play as a starter or not.

        1. bran911

          Wish this was true but when Wenger loves someone, it’s a different story, he becomes blind and deaf. Remember Ramsey? He played like sh*t for 2 or 3 years but every time the line up came out, his name is written in capital letters and bold

          1. jon fox

            Ramsey you say? Well at least he has guts and workrate and has not stunk the place completely out for twelve long years on scandalously high and unearned wages. Weed Walcott would therefore have been a far better example to use for Wengers blue eyed boys. BUT thanks to Mislantot there are definite signs of Wenger being by passed, leading to his sacking in May, fingers crossed.

  2. McLovin

    We won’t play until Tuesday next week so we need to play our best XI. Kolasinac should play ahead of AMN.

    Santi out until 2019. His contract runs down in the summer, time to let him go.

      1. Rkw

        Agreed … Hyped Talk of NM another sign of fan desperation … Not that he is bad but he is a long long way from being a regular in a top 6 team … Needs to go on loan to championship side for next 4 months to see if he can muscle it at that level and learn to b more disciplined in passing and effort

  3. barryglik

    Chelsea are a very tired side.
    Wont win the ECL.
    Playing for 3rd place in the PL.
    Manager is returning to Italy in July.
    Chelsea are very vulnerable right now.
    Arsenal 5-0

  4. Jadon Spirit

    Now that the greedy and selfish Sanchez is out – Arsenal fans should embrace themselves for the kind of beautiful football that we used to play. Our 4th goal against Palace over the weekend was just an example of things to come.

  5. Sue

    Please please please play a decent team… no excuse not to as we’re not playing at the weekend ?
    Come on Arsenal lets do this!! COYG

  6. Simon

    If we can contain Chelsea’s fast breakaways we can win

    Can’t risk a high line in defence Hazard etc too good on counter attack

  7. ALBERTOGUNNER

    I liked the 4-3-3 system vs Crystal the only change but not to necessary would be AMN as the CDM But I would give Elneny the chance and AMN to subtitute Elneny on the hour.
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