It’s one of the biggest games of the season when Chelsea face Arsenal, tomorrow see’s the first big London derby of season take place at the Emirates Stadium.
Both teams go into the game fresh from midweek EFL Cup wins and have identical records after there first five games of the new season, locked together on 10 points at the top of the Premier League table.
Cesc Fabregas was in outstanding against Leicester midweek scoring two extra time goals to send Chelsea through, we hope he finally get a chance to start tomorrow against his old club.
Over the last five years Chelsea have had the better of this fixture and will be hoping for the three points to put our title challenge firmly on track.
John Terry is set to return to the starting line up having recovered from the ankle injury which ruled him out of the last two games. If his fit will defiantly start after the defensive display in our last Premier League game against Liverpool.
Antonio Conte must choose between either Gary Cahill and David Luiz to partner JT at the back and Kurt Zouma remains injured, but could finally be in line to feature again next month.
For Arsenal Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey are both doubts. Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson remain on the injury list and new signing Lucas Perez could be in line to retain his place after impressing in the EFL Cup midweek.
Arsenal have failed to score in their last six Premier League games against Chelsea. The last coming from Theo Walcott’s in a 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge way back in January 2013.
Chelsea haven’t lost any of their last five league visits to the Emirates (W2 D3) since a 1-3 loss in December 2010. They’ve conceded just one goal in that run.
Chelsea have won more league games at the Emirates Stadium than any other away side (4).
Diego Costa has scored five goals in five Premier League games this season, scoring each of Chelsea’s last three in the competition.
This will be Arsene Wenger’s 55th meeting against Chelsea as Arsenal manager in all competitions – he’s only faced Man United more with the Gunners (56).
POSSIBLE STARTING LINE UPS
Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Kante, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Diego Costa.
Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Cazorla, Iwobi, Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez
HEAD TO HEAD LEAGUE RECORD
Arsenal win: 27/20
Chelsea win: 21/10
Alexis Sanchez to score: 39/20
Diego Costa to score: 17/10
Diego Costa to be sent off: 20/1
WHERE TO WATCH
The game is live on BT Sport 1 in the UK.
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea