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Chelsea and Arsenal difficult to separate

Mikel Arteta’s sole defeat as Arsenal manager came at the hands of Chelsea on Boxing Day, despite his side playing the better football and leading for 70 minutes of the game.

Two late Chelsea goals stunned the Gunners and Arteta’s men will be wanting to exact revenge on their London rivals at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Goals have been hard to come by for the Gunners recently – they have netted only six in their last seven matches – and the situation hasn’t been helped by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s suspension.

But Chelsea have been equally poor in front of goal of late, failing to score in three of their last seven matches.

Blues boss Frank Lampard has conceded he needs to strengthen in attack and with just 14 goals scored on home turf it’s easy to see why.
With both teams struggling in front of goal, the London rivals may have to settle for a draw.

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Match in Focus

12:30 Sa 22Feb BT1

Chelsea v Tottenham

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  • Chelsea have won only five of their 13 home league games this season
Expert verdict
Away from home Tottenham have lost just two of their seven Premier League games under Jose Mourinho and Chelsea have won only one of their last five matches after Monday's home defeat by Manchester United. Spurs went down to Leipzig in the Champions League on Wednesday, but they look a value bet for this contest.