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Chelsea face off against London rivals Arsenal in today’s Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.
The Blues secured a comfortable 3-0 win against Crystal Palace last weekend, and they have the momentum on their side.
The west Londoners have beaten the Gunners in just one of the last five outings, but they should fancy a win today.
Mikel Arteta‘s side are missing eight players due to different reasons. Ben White tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday.
The backline could see a solitary change from the derby triumph over Palace.
Thiago Silva is expected to return to the starting XI. Andreas Christensen could make way for the Brazilian’s comeback.
Trevoh Chalobah has earned his spot after successive standout displas. He appears unlikely to be dropped.
In midfield, N’Golo Kante is expected to return to partner Jorginho after overcoming a minor muscle problem.
Further forward, Christian Pulisic won’t play any part after testing positive for coronavirus earlier in the week.
Alongside him, Mason Mount could also drop to the bench. They could be replaced by Kai Havertz and Romelu Lukaku.
Havertz appears likely to play as the attacking midfielder with Timo Werner and Lukaku leading the line for the Blues.
Lukaku is set to make his second debut for the west London giants after returning to the club after a period of seven years.
Predicted Chelsea lineup (3-4-1-2): Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Havertz; Lukaku, Werner.