Time for another London derby.
After a worrying display against Southampton during the week, a game we had in hand and were expected to win, it is now time to welcome Arsenal to The Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Some may be of the opinion that the gunners are not much to worry about, however, at this point in our season and having seen us adopt a rather lazy attitude I have a different one. I think that since Benitez has taken over we have put in some performances we would not have been able to achieve under De Matteo (for example the 8-0 win vs Aston Villa and the 2-1 away win at Everton) but we have also become even more inexplicably inconsistent and the games against QPR and Southampton have underlined this respectively, specifically games at home where the team seems to be under the illusion that wins come for nothing. While I do believe we will win tomorrow I am very worried as to what Arsenal could do to our lacklustre defense on the counter-attack, especially since Azpilicueta could find himself up against Walcott or Chamberlain on the right wing.
We will receive a boost with captain fantastic JT back in the starting line-up, Lamps looks set to continue which is great and Ba will continue to lead the line (phew). Arsenal will field their strongest squad and this means that Ramires and Luiz (who looks set to start in mid-field where he belongs) will need to keep Cazorla and Wilshere’s distribution through the centre and to the wings in check, assuming they can I think we should boss the game.
Chelsea won the reverse fixture this season 2-1 at The Emirates with goals from Fernando Torres and Juan Mata. The last 10 games in all competitions have finished with this split: Chelsea wins - 6, Arsenal wins - 3, draws - 1.
The game kicks off at 13:30 London time (6:30 am for me lol)
Probable line ups (aggregate info from various sites):
Chelsea - Cech, Terry, Cahill, Cole, Ivanovic, Luiz, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Hazard, Ba
Arsenal - Szczesny, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna, Gibbs, Wilshere, Diaby, Cazorla, Ox-Chamberlain, Podolski, Walcott