The top two clubs in the English Premier League will face off in Round 4 of the Capital One Cup as Arsenal hosts Chelsea.
Arsenal have been incredibly impressive in league play this season and have gone unbeaten in eight matches. A draw against West Bromwich Albion was the only hiccup in an otherwise flawless stretch to move to the top of the league table.
However, the Gunner did struggle in their last match in the League Cup, also against West Brom. The squad filled with mostly reserves needed penalty shots to advance.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have been almost as good this year, earning 20 points in nine matches to sit in second place alongside Liverpool. They also have excelled in various other tournaments this season, including the League Cup, Champions League and other competitions.
These two sides have elite talent virtually everywhere on the field, and they will create an exciting matchup on Tuesday.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 3:45 p.m. ET, 7:45 p.m. BST
Where: Emirates Stadium, London, England
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Odds (via SkyBet): Arsenal (3-2), Chelsea (8-5), Draw (12-5)
Top Storyline: Can Chelsea's Big Names Earn More Playing Time?
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has led the squad to some success early this season, but his first team is different than many would have expected coming into the year.
Players who have had success in the past, like Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, have barely stepped onto the pitch during Premier League matches. However, all of them were in the starting lineup in the last Capital One Cup match against Swindon Town.
This could be a rare time for the talented stars to make an impression against a quality opponent, and they have to make it count.
Of course, Mourinho could also decide to utilize more first-team members in order to secure a victory.
Prediction: Chelsea 2, Arsenal 1
Despite the fact that Arsenal will be playing this match at home, the fans at Emirates Stadium will not recognize many of the players on the pitch.
The squad is already dealing with numerous injuries and have an important slate of matches coming up. In the next two weeks, Arsenal face Liverpool and Manchester United as well as Borussia Dortmund in Champions League.
This will cause manager Arsene Wenger to utilize some younger players in order to save his stars for the bigger matches.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have enough depth to both save the top talents while also putting an elite squad on the pitch. They will have too much offense to stop, and the Blues will be able to earn a tough road win over Arsenal.
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