Chelsea vs Arsenal
GiveMeSport at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea have taken 16 points from an available 18 this season and, despite the quality of this afternoon's opposition, are clear favourites to add another three to their imposing tally.
Jose Mourinho 's side have been in irresistible form domestically and meet an Arsenal team that has struggled for consistency this term.
The Gunners recorded a timely fillip with the midweek demolition of Galatasaray, during which Danny Welbeck scored a hat-trick, but a far sterner examination awaits them at Stamford Bridge.
Arsene Wenger and his team were desperately poor against their closest rivals last season, while Chelsea's squad is significantly stronger than the one that handed out the pasting on this ground in the last encounter between these sides.
Chelsea, of course, now have Cesc Fabregas among their number, and it remains difficult to fathom that Wenger was prepared to forgo the opportunity to sign his former captain. He has been superb for his new employers.
Fabregas starts today, as does the prolific Diego Costa, another player who might have ended up at the Emirates Stadium this summer had things transpired differently.
Wenger has no such luxury of having his strongest side available with Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott missing, but the absence of the former in particular presents a chance for others to display their credentials.
History is hardly on Arsenal's side either, with Mourinho having the wood over Wenger by some distance. Arsenal have never beaten Chelsea when Mourinho has been in charge, and today would be as good a time as any to get a maiden victory on the board.
Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.
Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Willian, Salah, Remy.
Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Wilshere, Flamini, Cazorla, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck.
Subs: Martinez, Monreal, Coquelin, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell, Podolski
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