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Grand Slam Sunday- I figured this game deserved a thread of its own.
Can anyone see Arse beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge? I cant...
What outcome do we want? Chelsea win? a draw?

Give us your views on what will be a hugely significant game in
the Title race.
 

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Im gonna go for a chelsea win,arsenal haven't been in the best of forms recentley,they would have lost there last few games if it wasn't for last minute goals. Chelsea however have been quite good,picking up the points and hotting up the pressure on us and arsenal late on in the season. Im gonna go for 2-1 to chelsea
 

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Fingers crossed for a draw in this one. Combine that with a victory for us over Liverpool and we'll be strong favourites to win the title.

Chelsea have an amazing home record but AC Milan's isn't bad either. The result could depend on whether Adebayor and Fabregas show up - both have suffered a dip in form recently.
 

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draw would be perfect if we won, they would both lose ground, and remain lower in the pecking order. but if romans army wins, they will pressure us for the title since they have been more consistent compared to adebayor's goal drought hit gunners
 

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Weve got to hope for a draw but if anyone was to win id say arsenal because were at home to them so well win we need chelsea as far away a possible before we go to the bridge
 

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Chelsea v Arsenal Preview - Grand Slam Sunday

Source: SoccerLens



All of a sudden it was a three horse race at the top of the Premier League with Chelsea clambering back to battle with Arsenal and Manchester United. Now, after Chelsea threw away two points at Tottenham last night they sit two points behind Arsenal and five behind United. That makes this game a real six-pointer. A defeat for Chelsea would probably end their hopes.

Earlier in the season at the Emirates, Arsenal won the game 1-0 when a rare mistake by Cech allowed the much maligned William Gallas to notch the only goal in first half injury time.

Last season's game at Stamford Bridge ended in a 1-1 draw. It is very unlikely that either team will run away with this one.

So let's look at the runners and riders:

Form Guide

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six home games having won four of them. Overall, they are unbeaten in any of their last six games, but the 4-4 draw at Tottenham last night will feel like a defeat. To draw a game in which you have been 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3 up could have a seriously demoralising effect.

Likewise, Arsenal are unbeaten in their last six away games winning three of them. Overall, they have won only two of their last six in the league and are currently on a sequence of four draws. Unlike the other big game this weekend, neither of these teams will be approaching the game in particularly confident mood.

Team Guide

CHELSEA (Possible) Cech, Ferreira, Alex, Terry, A Cole, Makelele, Mikel, Lampard, Ballack, J Cole, Drogba.

Petr Cech may be fit to play but Cudicini will continue to deputise if not. Essien, Bridge, Carvalho, Kalou and Anelka will all be in with a shout of starting the game. With all the criticism of Avram Grant's team selections he better get this one right!

ARSENAL (Possible) Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Eboue, Fabregas, Flamini, Hleb, Adebayor, Van Persie.

This is likely to be the starting line-up for the Gooners but Wenger could spring a surprise

Danger Men

For Chelsea there is Drogba with only six goals in an injury and African Cup of Nations hit season and/or Anelka who has scored eleven. There are also goals from the midfield in Ballack 4, Lampard 10 and Cole 7, all chipping in. Of course, if Kalou plays, he's chipped in with 6 goals in only 12 starts this season as well.

Arsenal will be looking to Adebayor to rediscover the golden goal scoring touch he had earlier in the season which gave him 19 Premiership goals and will hope that Fabrigas (7) or someone else from the midfield area can produce the goods. There is a nasty story doing the rounds that Adebayor is being nicknamed ‘the new Sampson' as he has lost all his goalscoring powers since he had his hair cut. The Gooners will also be looking to Van Persie to produce the sort of form he was hinting at prior to his injury

The Managers

Avram Grant has come under intense media scrutiny following Chelsea's exit from the FA Cup and their Carling Cup final defeat to Tottenham. The fans are said to be unhappy and the players are said to be unsettled.

The fact is that things are going pretty well in the League and Grant could still lead Chelsea to a Premiership and Champions League double. A win here would be a big step towards that goal.

Arsene Wenger has also come under media scrutiny following some of his recent comments. Unlike Grant however, I don't think anyone is calling for him to be sacked.

It is strange that the reaction to the two managers is so different when they are so close in the League, both in the quarter finals of the Champions League and out of the other two competitions in disappointing circumstances.

Avram Grant has said he is ‘close friends' with Wenger. He has said he wants to be ‘the Arsene Wenger of Chelsea.'

As far as I know, Wenger has never said he wants to be like Grant!

Predictions

In the last nine games at Stamford Bridge between these two, Chelsea have won two, Arsenal one and six have been draws.

This one is likely to be a tight old game. It could well be a battle. The two teams have previous with each other and there is no love lost.

There is the Ashley Cole factor as well. He was lucky to stay on the pitch after a dreadful tackle last night and is sure to be given a rough ride by the Arsenal fans.

Only a foolish man, as they say, would predict the result of this one. I'm foolish enough to say that I can see a draw…or a Chelsea win…or Arsenal…Oh I don't know!
 

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as everyone has said, i say/hope for a draw.

i can see the arse giving a good account of themselves though, too prove that they still want it.
 

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I think it will be a boring draw 1-1 or 0-0, grant cannot make his team deliver in the big matches and arsenal are not in good form.
 

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Draw would be best for Chelsea vs Arsenal BUT Chelsea are much stronger and in the form Arsenal are in the EPL who are struggling for goals after Eduardo got injured, it seems like Chelsea should and could be able to beat them easily imo. But in football you never know what happens and Arsenal might win, but I hope for a draw and a Man United WIN!!
 

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These two are surely bound to pick up a good few yellow cards, hopefully red on sunday considering their history and dirty players.

I just hope the game is jam-packed with incidents. :)
 

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i think a draw will be good......because then there will be a considerable lead with both the teams......hope arsenal will give a good game to chelsea.....i dont want chelsea to win and also dont want arsenal to win...so perfect scenario for me.....
 

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I've got a feeling that Chelsea will nick a win here. Arsenal aren't looking so sharp
of laate and Stanford bridge, to be fair, is a fortress for Chelsea. when did they
last loose there? Well, I simply can't see Arsenal getting anything from their
Londen rivals.

To me, if we should be fearing anyone, it should be Chelsea, not Arsenal!
 

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Rosicky Out, Cech Struggling

From Goal.com

Neither Chelsea nor Arsenal have their sorrows to seek heading into Sunday's encounter at Stamford Bridge, with both sides sweating over some late injury concerns...

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech faces a race against time in order to be fit for the London derby at home to Arsenal on Sunday.

The Czech international missed out on the 4-4 draw at White Hart Lane midweek, and his ankle is not guaranteed to heal up in time for this encounter.

Should he fail to recover then Carlo Cudicini will stand in once more.

Nicolas Anelka, Michael Ballack and Mikel John Obi are all fit, however, and could take part.

For Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, Tomas Rosicky is a definite absentee.

The Czech has a hamstring injury that will see him sidelined along with Abou Diaby and, of course, long-term casualty Eduardo.

Theo Walcott, however, could return.
 

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Nah it will always be a boring dull game with boring dull players slogging it out
0-0 all the way (which would be fantastic if we were to win as well)
 

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Didier Drogba calls on Chelsea crowd to 'unsettle' Bridge old boy William Gallas

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Didier Drogba has cranked up the pressure ahead of Chelsea's Grand Slam Sunday clash with Arsenal by asking the Stamford Bridge crowd to unsettle William Gallas.

The Ivory Coast striker, who is looking forward to facing former Chelsea team-mate Gallas and compatriot Kolo Toure, said: "William knows he is coming to the cauldron of Stamford Bridge, like with Ashley Cole [at Arsenal], he will be booed. But they are top players and I will need help from the crowd to unsettle William.

"Hopefully I will score on Sunday," he continued. "I will be against my mates but they also know it will not be easy for them.

Arsenal travel across the capital to Chelsea on the same day as Liverpool take on Manchester United at Old Trafford in what promises to be the a pivotal weekend in the Barclays Premier League title race.

"It is going to be some weekend," the Chelsea striker told skysports.com. "The games are too close to call but our experience will be needed on Sunday."

Drogba, who was allegedly angry with Avram Grant's substitutions during the 4-4 draw at Tottenham on Wednesday, added "Arsenal are a wonderful team with the ball, but we are very powerful.

"At this time of ths season you won't see any big scores between the teams because all the games are now pressure games.

"Hopefully we will come out stronger from the big encounters."
 
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