Date: 18th August 2018 at 12:16pm
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After the fine 3-0 win, on the opening day of the 2018 / 2019 Premier League season, against Huddersfield Town, Chelsea face a far tougher test in the late kick-off this afternoon.

Chelsea welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge for what could be a classic encounter.

With both sides having ambitions of winning the title, both have already been beaten by the reigning title holders Manchester City.

Chelsea were convincingly beaten by City in the Community Shield whilst Arsenal were beaten, at the Emirates Stadium, by City in their opening fixture.

Both sides are under new management this season with Maurizio Sarri taking charge of Chelsea and Unai Emery taking charge of Arsenal, both will be looking to win their first London derby they’ve taken charge of sides in.

As is the norm, we’re running our usual feature whereby we invite you to offer your views on a variety of subjects including, but not limited to:

1 – The build-up to the big game.

2 – The starting eleven selected by Maurizio Sarri.

3 – The action as it happens down at Stamford Bridge.

4 – Your thoughts in the immediate aftermath of the final whistle at Stamford Bridge and before the match report can be posted on Vital Chelsea.

Does anyone care to predict the result beforehand?

And as for the team-sheets, look no further:

Up the Chels!

 

27 Replies to “Arsenal (h) – Your Chance To Get Involved And Have Your Say About The First London Derby Of The New Season”

  • So Chelsea won 3-0. But who were they playing against. A team I’m sure will Return to where they belong “the champonship”. Arsenal played against Man City. Wrong to compare. I watched both games on the TV

  • We are going to wallop them, 5-0 to The Blues. I am perfectly serious, remember you read it here first!

    • Keep taking the tablets they’ll eventually start to work, if you’re prediction is correct I’ll have some too!!

  • Defence needs a lot of work. All the visible loopholes in the Citey match as been shown here too. Poor response to quick counter.

  • The Defence is extremely poor. Just watch Luiz….in no mans land. Rudiger still get into positions to cover.

  • Sariball my arse, no point in fancy tippy tappy football if you can’t defend, we should be 5-2 down!!

  • He will learn to keep his backside tight if he’s gonna on the offensive. I expect zola to know better.
    I also doubt if defensive methods are practiced in training….3 midfielders? and you still extremely susceptible to cut backs from the wing at this rate? Arsenal have had about 10 of them.

  • Set-up by Hazard …. he’s made so many chances since he came on ….. absolutely brilliant . Hazard is really on fire !!

  • Oh sweet kovacic. Good balance, good defensively, rarely loses the ball. Luiz Luiz Luiz…….Gives the ball away, slow movement, lacks organization and foresight for as central midfielder

  • And we win 3-2 …. really bad defending from both teams …. but Hazard made the difference finally

  • I should have predicted 5-5 not 5-0 as that’s about what score could have been. Still got to be happy with 3 points and a 6 points gap on a CL rival. Or at least that’s what they are expected to be, but if they defend like that every game they will be fighting to avoid bottom 3, not challenge top 4

  • Luiz looked a liability today & still not sure who we should have as a centre forward, as much as Morata scored today that’s all he did, it’s embarrassing how easily he still goes down. Kante needs to go back to doing what does best, he’s not an attacking midfielder. On a positive I liked the look of Kovacic, more importantly we cannot afford to lose Hazard, this guy is a genius on the pitch.

  • Thought Barkley did well today obviously others played well too but the defence is a cause for concern for me they had a lot of clear cut chances which must be sorted out one question I have is will Loftus-Cheek feature or is he doomed with all our riches in midfield now Kovacic has played and looks quality

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