Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea v Arsenal

Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea to beat Arsenal 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime...

Mark Lawrenson is tipping Chelsea to secure a 2-0 win over Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday and all but end the Gunners’ title hopes.

The north London side head into the game looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League after their shock 2-1 loss to Watford at The Emirates on Tuesday night.

That result left Arsenal in third place in the Premier League table and nine points behind Chelsea heading into Saturday’s showdown.

Chelsea are also looking to return to winning ways after their 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night.

However, the Blues are the heavy favourites to win in front of their home fans on Saturday afternoon, and former Liverpool man Lawrenson is expecting to see the west London side claim victory at Stamford Bridge.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “In their surprise defeat by Watford on Tuesday, Arsenal did what we know Arsenal are prone to do – which is not turn up for a period of a game that they are expected to win easily.

“I would love to know why that keeps happening – and so would Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, I’m sure.

“Chelsea, meanwhile, just keep rolling along at the top of the table.

“They have had a good week because they have extended their lead at the top of the table despite being held at Liverpool, because they would have expected Arsenal and Tottenham to have both won their midweek games.

“The Blues have the best home record in the Premier League and concede very few goals at Stamford Bridge.

“There is a part of me which thinks Arsenal could go there and be brilliant but, even if they are, Chelsea will be hard to break down.

“I also think Antonio Conte’s side will be thinking they have something to prove against Arsenal after losing heavily at the Emirates Stadium in September.

“This is a very different Chelsea side now, not just in formation since their switch to three at the back later that month, but also in mentality – the title is in their sights now.”

Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-0 when the two teams last met at The Emirates back in September.

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