On Sunday afternoon, Chelsea host their London rivals Arsenal in a mouthwatering tie at Stamford Bridge.
The hosts go into the match on the back of three straight Premier League wins, and a morale boosting, midweek Champions League thrashing of Azerbaijani side Qarabag. Blues fans will be desperate to see their beloved Eden Hazard make a return to the starting XI, and the tenacious Belgian should make the squad after recovering well from pre-season ankle surgery.
Arsenal will head into the match with a good deal of confidence, given that they have won their last two matches on the trot against Antonio Conte’s side. Here’s how Chelsea could lineup in this potentially thrilling encounter.
An ever-present 6’5 wall at the back, Thibaut Courtois will be between the sticks for the Blues on Sunday.
Antonio Conte is likely to stick with the back three who have been magnificent in the Blues’ last two Premier League victories. Unsung hero César Azpilicueta is likely to lineup alongside David Luiz and summer signing Antonio Rüdiger.
Gary Cahill may well have to wait longer than he had hoped to make his league return, following the suspension he picked up in his side’s shock 3-2 season opener loss against Burnley.
Despite deadline day Davide Zappacosta’s emphatic introduction to life at Stamford Bridge in Wednesday’s 6-0 thrashing of Qarabag, Victor Moses should return in the right wing-back position. The ever-impressive Marcos Alonso will occupy the opposite flank.
In the middle, Conte is likely to stick with his new favourite central midfield partnership – the relentless N’Golo Kante, and the creative mastermind that is Cesc Fábregas, who will play against his former side.
Conte has kept his cards close to his chest on the prospect of Eden Hazard starting this match, but is likely that the fiery manager will be unable to resist the opportunity to unleash the attacking prowess of the 26-year-old on the Gunners’ defence.
Pedro is likely to play on the right flank, while new fan’s favourite Álvaro Morata will be hoping to add three goals in four Premier League matches for the Blues.