Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea v Arsenal

Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea to get the better of Arsenal with a 2-0 win over the Gunners at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea to get the better of Arsenal with a 2-0 victory over the Gunners in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues head into the game looking to build on their recent good form, with Antonio Conte’s men having won their last three games in the Premier League.

Chelsea also kicked off their Champions League campaign with an impressive 6-0 thrashing of Qarabag at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

The west London side are third heading into this weekend’s round of games after having won their last three matches in the top flight.

Chelsea made a shaky start to the new season after losing to Burnley at Stamford Bridge in their campaign opener.

However, they have responded by claiming victories over Tottenham, Everton and Leicester City.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have won two and lost two of their opening four Premier League games to leave them with six points heading into their trip to Stamford Bridge.

Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson is tipping the Blues to claim all three points in west London on Sunday afternoon.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “I fully expected Arsenal to beat Bournemouth last weekend, but that does not mean everything is rosy for the Gunners. Far from it.

“Arsenal boss Arsenal Wenger only ever seems to be a game – or even a half – away from a full-blown crisis, and I think he will have another defeat to contend with this weekend, rather than a repeat of what happened at Wembley in the FA Cup final.

“Since their opening-day defeat by Burnley, Chelsea have won four games in a row and I think the way they lost to the Clarets will actually have helped them focus.

“Sometimes you need a game to go badly like that at the start of the season to realise you need to get back at it if you want to defend your title.”

Chelsea are aiming to defend their Premier League title this season after their impressive title triumph under Antonio Conte last term.

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