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Chelsea vs Arsenal: Micheal Ballack makes Stamford Bridge prediction

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Chelsea go into this afternoon's game with Arsenal as clear favourites, says former Blues midfielder Michael Ballack.

Chelsea host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge (1:30pm) looking to make it four straight Premier League wins.

The Blues, who beat Qarabag 6-0 on Tuesday, have lost their last two outings against the Gunners, in last season’s FA Cup final and last month’s Community Shield.

But Arsenal have not won at Stamford Bridge in their last five attempts, with their last win there coming in October 2011.

And former Chelsea midfielder Ballack is confident Antonio Conte’s men will clinch all three points this afternoon.

He said: "It was a difficult start, no one could expect a home defeat against Burnley, but they came back in shape immediately, and in the Champions League midweek it looked really good.

"The expectations are there. The different rhythm to the season is coming now with the Champions League but after a few months you will see how the team can handle that.

“And I think on paper, Chelsea at home is the favourite this weekend. Hopefully they can get the three points.

"Now with Chelsea playing Arsenal this season, it is a situation where you can put a rival in trouble with a big victory.

“And I think the team and especially the fans are always excited when it comes to Chelsea v Arsenal."

Ballack spent four years at Chelsea and believes the Blues always had the edge over Arsenal during his time at the club.

The German added: "They were always special games for me because Arsenal are a good club to be playing against but I always felt at that time we were mentally stronger and we were the better team.

"The statistics from that time show some good wins for us, but we also lost to them.”

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