Chelsea potential XI vs Arsenal in FA Community Shield

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Chelsea meet Arsenal in the FA Community Shield on Sunday and manager Jose Mourinho will be looking for another victory against great rival Arsene Wenger.

The pair certainly have history, with 'the Special One' constantly goading the Frenchman and occasionally getting a rise out of the Gunners chief.

Strong side

Another victory over their capital rivals will offer the Blues boss with yet more bragging rights, and with that in mind you can expect Mourinho to select a strong side following their return to England from North America.


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Whilst summer signing Asmir Begovic made appearances against the New York Red Bulls and Paris Saint-Germain, Belgian international Thibaut Courtois is the club's number one and should be starting at Wembley.

The options continue to be available for Mourinho in defence, with vice-captain Branislav Ivanovic set to continue at right-back and Cesar Azpilicueta first choice on the other flank. At centre back, John Terry will return at the expense of either Kurt Zouma or Gary Cahill - the Englishman likely to miss out after picking up a facial injury when scoring the equaliser in Washington. Why risk him?

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Creative choices

Nemanja Matic is a likely starter alongside Ramires, who came off the bench in the penalty shootout victory against Barcelona on Tuesday night. Victor Moses may have done enough to get a start on Sunday, with Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard more certain selections as part of a 4-2-3-1 formation.

That leaves the striker and Diego Costa is the only logical choice for the Blues if fit. Both Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao have shown glimpses coming off the bench during pre-season, but it's the Spaniard who leads the line so well for the Premier League champions. He'll expect to do so again if recovered form the hamstring issue picked up in midweek.

Chelsea predicted XI vs Arsenal:

Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Matic, Ramires; Moses, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa.

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