Chelsea vs Arsenal: Preview and TV Coverage Plans

Arsenal travel to Chelsea in a big London derby on Sunday, and cover plans are available for those in the United States.

Mikel Arteta takes his pupils to Stamford Bridge as favourites. This is rare for Gunners who have endured some humiliation against the Blues.

Arsenal sit top of the Premier League table after a tremendous start to the campaign. Gabriel Jesus has revolutionized his attack. Meanwhile, Chelsea have already changed managers this term and sit in sixth place.

Graham Potter’s start to life at The Bridge has been a positive one. His brand of attacking football within a fluid 3-1-4-2 formation has translated into the Chelsea team, with generally positive results.

However, a reality check came in the form of a hidden 4-1 draw from Potter’s old club Brighton and this has really shaken confidence at Stamford Bridge.

TV coverage Chelsea vs Arsenal

Start time: 7 a.m. ET / 4 a.m. ET

This game is the earliest possible start time for a Premier League game. Since it’s so early, there is no pregame coverage on USA Network before the game. In addition, the games after this London clash happen at 9 in the morning. Therefore, there is practically no time for coverage. Instead, USA Network skips straight to the next game on its schedule, West Ham vs Crystal Palace.

Comparing Chelsea and Arsenal’s recent form

Chelsea will need to identify where things went wrong against Brighton. Defensively they made mistakes against a highly motivated rival.

Before that setback, his form was sensational. Since Potter’s arrival, Chelsea have lost just once. Recent wins against Crystal Palace, Wolves and Aston Villa are helping Chelsea move up the table.

Following this winning streak, the Blues drew back-to-back games with Brentford and Manchester United. So the cynic would point out that the Blues failed to win in three Premier League games.

Arsenal have had to deal with their own setbacks of late. A 1-1 draw against Southampton on October 23 was a surprise. Apart from that though, they have recorded impressive wins against Leeds United and Nottingham Forest. Finally, they have won five of their last six Premier League games.

Predicted lineups

Chelsea will be without three key players on Sunday. N’Golo Kante, Reece James and Wesley Fofana remain on the treatment table.

The Gunners have similar concerns. Mohamed Elneny and Emile Smith-Rowe are doubts. The Egyptian returned to training on Wednesday.

Oleksandr Zinchenko has been out since late September but will return to the pitch after training this week.

Concerns over a potential World Cup-ending injury to Bukayo Saka were short-lived. The English striker returns to training and will play against Chelsea. Additionally, the Gunners have raised questions about his treatment.

Chelsea’s predicted starting XI (3-4-1-2): Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, Jorginho, Kovacic, Cucurella, Mount, Gallagher, Aubameyang, Sterling

Arsenal Predicted Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Xhaka, Partey, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Jesus

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