After midweek action in the Champions League, Chelsea return to Premier League duty with a London derby. Arsenal come to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, looking to make it two wins out of two against the Blues this season.
On Tuesday, Chelsea made a winning start to life back in the Champions League, winning 6-0 against Azerbaijani side Qarabag FK. Pedro, Davide Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Michy Batshuayi were all on the scoresheet as the Blues romped to an easy victory in matchday one.
Arsenal were also in midweek action, and played their first game in the Europa League, albeit a delayed one. Despite an hour delay to kick-off, the Gunners came from a goal behind to beat German side 3-1. Sead Kolasinac, Alexis Sanchez, and Hector Bellerin scored as Arsenal made a winning start to their Europa League campaign.
The two sides have already met once this season. In August, the two clubs played at Wembley in the FA Community Shield, with Arsenal eventually winning on penalties in the new ‘ABBA’ format. Victor Moses’ opener was cancelled out by Kolasinac’s equaliser. Arsene Wenger’s side went on to win 4-1 on penalties, and lift the shield.
Eden Hazard could make his first start of the season, with the Belgian making appearances from the bench against Leicester last weekend, and in midweek versus Qarabag. Antonio Conte is yet to confirm if the 26-year-old will start. Another question over Conte’s selection is Gary Cahill, who is back following his three-match suspension. Antonio Rudiger deputised following Cahill’s suspension and could drop out of the side.
The likes of David Luiz, Victor Moses, and Alvaro Morata all look set to come back into the Chelsea line-up, after being rested in midweek. Despite his impressive performance in the Champions League, Zappacosta looks set for a place on the Chelsea bench.
Danny Drinkwater won’t be making his Chelsea debut this weekend, with the Englishman ruled out for a number of weeks with a calf injury. The club confirmed that the deadline day signing might not return until after the international break in October.
This game will be a good test for Chelsea, and their aim of retaining the Premier League title this season. A win over their city rivals could also kill off any rumours of a crisis at Stamford Bridge.