Team news from 13:05
CHELSEA: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, JT (c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa
Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Willian, Salah, Remy
ARSENAL:Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Wilshere, Flamini, Cazorla, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck
Subs: Martinez, Monreal, Coquelin, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell, Podolski
Chelsea v Arsenal – Preview By @JamesMartin013
The biggest game of the day comes from Stamford Bridge, where leaders Chelsea are playing host to Arsenal. The Gunners know that a win today would put them within three points of Chelsea- the Blues, meanwhile, have the incentive of going up to five points clear at the top (depending on the Southampton result).
Arsenal will be pinning their hopes of victory largely on Danny Welbeck, who has made a big impact since signing from Manchester United. His Champions League hat-trick on Wednesday silenced many of the critics; if his team are going to get anything from this game, he will have to be in similarly good form in front of goal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has also been good of late- he was an ever-potent threat in the North London derby last week. The 1.4% of FPL players who own him will be hoping he can deliver again.
Dangerous as they may be, the Gunners attack might have their work cut out to some extent by the excellent Chelsea defence. Though not perhaps quite as solid as last season, the Blues’ back line remains extremely strong. Even if an Arsenal midfielder (perhaps Wilshere, who has looked good recently) manages to find a pass that splits the defence, the sizeable obstacle that is Courtois will still stand between them and a goal. Chelsea also pose a definite threat going forward. Ever since the departure of Drogba Chelsea have struggled to find a clinical striker, but it looks like Mourinho may have struck gold in the signing of Diego Costa. Admittedly he is renowned for scoring in spurts, so when this good vein of form is fully tapped then Chelsea might find their excellent run of form grinding to a halt, but for the time being the Spaniard is absolutely on fire. It would be a brave man to bet against him scoring today.
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