Chelsea and Arsenal are playing on the English Premier League fixture schedule on Saturday and the match at Stamford Bridge is the first of the day as the Blues and Gunners battle at the top of the EPL table standings and it starts up streaming on the NBC Sports Live Extra website at 8:45 am ET as Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger face off.
Chelsea comes into the day at the top of the English Premier League table and that is the spot where the Gunners were for most of the season before getting knocked off by the Blues. Arsenal is hanging in and they are tied with Liverpool on points with 10 matches to go and this will be a stiff test, as Jose Mourinho has not lost this season at Stamford Bridge and that adds even more drama into the match on the schedule. Chelsea comes in after an energizing win in the Champions League against Galatasaray and now they have Arsenal before a huge battle with Paris Saint-Germain and that comes in April in the quarterfinals of the UCL.
Arsenal and the Reds trail Chelsea by four points and that means the Blues will remain in first place for the weekend no matter what the results, but they will be looking for points, as the top of the table could get closer as the season schedule comes to a finish. The top of the EPL table has Chelsea ahead of Liverpool and Arsenal, leaving Manchester City still in the mix and they are ahead of Tottenham and Everton. Arsenal comes into the match after a nice win on the road against Tottenham and that was at White Hart Lane and coming up they have a big matchup with Manchester City and that will be at Emirates Stadium, while they also have a matchup with Everton after that at Goodison Park.
Arsenal also has the English FA Cup semifinals coming up and that is against Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium and comes before they finish the Premier League schedule with West Ham, Hull City, Newcastle and Norwich. Olivier Giroud is tops on the Gunners in scoring and they will need a good performance from him against Chelsea, while Eden Hazard is tops on the Blues with 13 goals this season and Samuel Eto'o is second with seven. Chelsea has a nice cushion coming into the weekend, but they need to get points to ensure they stay ahead and winning against Arsenal would be a big blow to the Gunners chances at making the top of the table.
Mourinho and Wenger have great respect for one another and the players know that Mourinho is undefeated at Stamford Bridge and they will be looking to continue that streak. Wenger has not won a trophy in eight years and he just hit his 1,000 match with Arsenal and while he has had that long drought, he has been very successful and now has the chance to get his team back in the mix at the top of the EPL table. Chelsea lost last weekend against Aston Villa and that saw Mourinho, Ramires and Willian all get sent off and now they have the chance to rebound and they play against Liverpool later in the season at the Anfield and that will be a huge match if they can get closer to first place.
Check here for the Arsenal and Chelsea live coverage from the NBC Sports Live Extra website.