The London derbies are coming thick and fast this month and next up are the Gunners. Club statistician Paul Dutton begins our preview of Saturday's game in north London with key facts and figures...
Chelsea In Numbers
Maurizio Sarri’s side have the third best away record in the Premier League this season, winning 22 points from a possible 30. Only Tottenham (30) and Liverpool (29), who have both played two games more, have accumulated more points in the same period.
Our official betting partner William Hill are offering odds of 13/10 on Chelsea to continue or good away form by winning on Saturday against Arsenal. Eden Hazard to score and Chelsea to win is 11/4, enhanced from 5/2.
Click for other odds and to bet now*
Chelsea are unbeaten in four league games after losing three of the six before that.
The Blues have conceded a total of just four goals in our last seven league games.
On the subject of clean sheets, Chelsea to win 1-0 is 9/1 with William Hill. Chelsea to win 2-0 is 12/1. Click to bet*
Chelsea have scored 13 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season – more than any other Premier League side.
Chelsea are looking to win four consecutive Premier League away games for the first time since September 2017 (five).
Five players – Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kante have started every Premier League game this season.
Last six games
Premier League scorers
Hazard 10 (3 pens), Pedro 7, Morata 5, Barkley 3, Kante 3, Loftus-Cheek 3, Willian 3, Alonso 1, David Luiz 1, Giroud 1, Jorginho 1 (pen), Rudiger 1, own-goal 1
League games since
An away win: 0
An away draw: 7
An away defeat: 3
Chelsea’s next three games
Thursday 24 January - Chelsea v Tottenham - Carabao Cup
Sunday 27 January - Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday - FA Cup
Wednesday 30 January - Bournemouth v Chelsea - Premier League
If selected, Antonio Rudiger will make his 50th Premier League appearance.
Will he celebrate by scoring a goal? William Hill odds on Rudiger to score at any time on Saturday are 11/1.
Willian’s next goal will be his 50th for Chelsea in all competitions.
Last weekend against Newcastle we played our 900th match since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003. The 900 comprised of 554 wins, 194 draws and 152 defeats. We scored 1,711 goals and conceded 773.
GOLDEN GOAL IS HERE!
William Hill have an amazing offer available ahead of this weekend's game.…
Back Chelsea to win in 90 minutes,and if we score the first goal, William Hill will pay your bet out as a winner, up to £50 winnings in cash, whatever the result. Click for more info
ARSENAL IN NUMBERS
13 League championships, last in 2004
13 FA Cups, last in 2017
2 League Cups, last in 1993
1 European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994
1 Fairs Cup in 1970
Arsenal have lost two Premier League games at the Emirates since December 2017; both against Manchester City. Of the 22 games in that run they have won 16 and drawn four.
On home soil, Arsenal are unbeaten in their past 10 league games.
Arsenal have the third best home record in the Premier League this season behind Manchester City and Liverpool with 26 points from a possible 33.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their past 12 Premier League London derbies at home (nine wins, three draws), winning the last five in a row. Their last such defeat was in January 2016 against Chelsea (highlights of which are below).
The Gunners have picked up a joint-high 12 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, level with Leicester.
Arsenal have scored 20 goals in their seven Premier League London derby matches this season, twice as many as any other side.
Only Fulham with two have kept fewer clean sheets in the Premier League this term than Arsenal (three).
The odds on Chelsea to score in both halves are 12/5. Click to bet*
Arsenal’s haul of 46 goals is their fourth-highest ever haul after 22 games of a Premier League season.
No Arsenal players have started all 22 Premier League games. Granit Xhaka has started the most (21).
Manager Unai Emery
Days in charge: 241
Emery's record v Chelsea
Premier League scorers
Aubameyang 14 (1 pen), Lacazette 7, Mkhitaryan 4, Ozil 3, Xhaka 3, Iwobi 2, Mustafi 2, Ramsey 2, Torreira 2, Maitland-Niles 1, Monreal 1, Welbeck 1, own-goals 4.
ARSENAL’S LAST PREMIER LEAGUE GAME
Saturday 12 January
West Ham 1 – 0 Arsenal
Team 3-4-2-1: Leno; Mustafi (Ramsey 59), Sokratis, Koscielny (c); Maitland-Niles (Bellerin 69), Guendouzi, Xhaka (Torreira 59), Kolasinac; Aubameyang, Iwobi; Lacazette.
Booked: Mustafi, Loalsinac
League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 4
A home defeat: 10
There are no suspensions.
Premier League bookings
Alonso 4, Jorginho 4, Rudiger 4, Kante 3, Morata 3, Hazard 2, Arrizabalaga 1, Azpilicueta 1, Christensen 1, David Luiz 1, Fabregas 1, Giroud 1, Kovacic 1, Pedro 1, Willian 1.
From this season yellow cards count only for the competition in which they are received. The deadline for suspension for accumulating five bookings has passed. Players must now avoid accruing 10 cautions before the 32nd game to escape a two match ban.
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
This is Anthony Taylor’s first Premier League appointment for a Chelsea game this term as his only other match was our quarter-final Carabao Cup tie against Bournemouth in December.
Taylor was the official in the corresponding fixture last season.
* Prices subject to fluctuation. Over 18s only. For advice and information visit www.begambleaware.co.uk or the National Gambling Helpline 0808 8020133