Both sides enter the blockbuster contest with a 100% record since lockdown, with Chelsea beating Aston Villa on Sunday and Man City winning two from two thus far .
Anything but a victory for Pep Guardiola’s side tonight will see Liverpool crowned Premier League champions – ending their 30-year await a league title.
But City are going to be without Sergio Aguero, who is missing through injury,
while Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are going to be pushing for three-points to spice up their Champions League qualification hopes.
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Five of Man City’s seven defeats this season have come on their travels, but they need not lost back-to-back
away games since December 2018, while no team has scored more goals faraway from range in 2019-20.
Chelsea have also amassed more points faraway from home than they need at Stamford Bridge this season,
losing five times ahead of their own fans before their first game in an empty stadium.
That tally of home defeats grows to eight altogether competitions,
although their last two before lockdown saw them score six without reply against Merseyside duo Liverpool and Everton.
Man City during this form look to be a special proposition to even that Liverpool team within the FA Cup,
though, and if Lampard can get one over on Guardiola then it’ll only enhance his burgeoning reputation further.
Arsenal vs Chelsea Team News
Man City might be without record goalscorer Sergio Aguero for the remainder of the season after he aggravated a knee injury against Burnley last outing .
The Argentine is now set to visit Barcelona to ascertain a specialist on the matter ,
which could require surgery, leaving Gabriel Jesus because the de facto first-choice striker for the rest of the campaign.
The make-up of Guardiola’s XI beyond that’s anyone’s guess; David Silva and Riyad Mahrez are the sole outfield players to start out
both matches back thus far , then both are often safely viewed as prime candidates for rotation this point around.
Mahrez did score twice against Burnley, though, so he are going to be hopeful of another start, as will fellow double-goalscorer Phil Foden despite learning a play Monday night.
Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte are among the large names who could return to the starting XI,
but John Stones remains a doubt and Eric Garcia is once more ruled out thanks to the Premier League’s concussion protocols.
Chelsea are waiting on the fitness of Callum Hudson-Odoi after he missed Sunday’s match with an ankle injury, while Fikayo Tomori is certainly absent for the hosts.
Pulisic will hope to possess earned a start together with his goal off the bench,
while Olivier Giroud may have also ensured that he leads the road again by getting the winner against Villa moments later.
Jorginho is out there to return having served his two-match ban, although the likes of Ross Barkley, Mason Mount,
N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Billy Gilmour and Ruben Loftus-Cheek also are competing for midfield spots.
Arsenal vs Chelsea Line Up
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic
Man City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Mendy; De Bruyne, Gundogan, Foden; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling
Arsenal vs Chelsea H2H
Man City have dominated this fixture in recent seasons, winning six of the last seven meetings across all competitions stretching back to April 2017.
That run includes only one victory at Stamford Bridge, though, and historically it’s Chelsea who have fared better during this contest with 67 wins to Man City’s 58.
The reverse fixture in November saw Kante give Chelsea the lead at the Etihad Stadium,
just for De Bruyne to equalise against his former club before Mahrez completed the turnaround during a 2-1 Man City triumph.
Date, time and venue
Arsenal vs Chelsea is scheduled for a kick-off time of 8:15pm BST at Stamford Bridge, west London on Thursday, June 25.
How to watch Arsenal vs Chelsea
TV channel: The match will be televised live on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting from 7.30pm.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.
The FA Cup Final.
5:30pm, Saturday 1st August 2020.