Antonio Conte’s Blues began the campaign with a 3-2 home defeat by Burnley, but have won their next three games – including a 2-1 Wembley victory against Tottenham – to ally fears of a similar title defence to Jose Mourinho’s ill-fated end to life at Chelsea.
While Chelsea will be confident heading into Sunday’s clash, Arsene Wenger needs a result to get the critics off his back after a tough start to the season.
Arsenal have beaten Chelsea in their last two domestic matches – the FA Cup Final and Community Shield – but two defeats in the Gunners’ opening four League games means Wenger can ill-afford another loss so early in the campaign.
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Chelsea host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge with kick-off scheduled for 1:30pm on Sunday, September 17.
TV and live online coverage
The match will be televised live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels. Alternatively, you can follow live updates and analysis with Standard Sport’s blog from 12pm.
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Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater is expected to be out until the October international break and will miss Sunday’s match.
Drinkwater was an unused substitute against his former club Leicester last Saturday and missed the midweek Champions League win over Qarabag with a calf problem which means he could be out for four weeks.
Chelsea are likely to rotate their options after making changes for the Qarabag contest, with playmaker Eden Hazard in contention to start for the Blues for the first time this season.
Provisional squad: Courtois, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Morata, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Musonda, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Clarke-Salter, Scott, Eduardo.
Arsenal are likely to recall a host of first-team regulars.
Manager Arsene Wenger made nine alterations for the Europa League win over Cologne but the likes of Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette will all return to the squad at Stamford Bridge.
Alexis Sanchez will feature after playing the whole game on Thursday night, where Theo Walcott (calf) hobbled off. Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are definitely out.
Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Mertesacker, Holding, Koscielny, Monreal, Mustafi, Bellerin, Nelson, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Wilshere, Coquelin, Xhaka, Elneny, Ozil, Giroud, Walcott, Sanchez, Iwobi, Welbeck, Lacazette.
Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Pedro, Morata, Hazard
Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Sanchez, Ozil, Lacazette
Head to head
Bettings odds (via betfair)
- Chelsea to win: 17/20
- Draw: 29/10
- Arsenal to win: 10/3
Click here to place a bet. Odds correct as of September 17 at 8.45Am.