Chelsea’s mood may have been lifted after strolling to success in the Champions League over Maccabi Tel Aviv, but it remains to be seen whether the side can get back on track domestically when battling Arsenal at home next up.
After removing many of the side’s out-of-form stars from the fray in midweek, it’s widely expected that the likes of Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry and Nemanja Matic will return to action when the Gunners are in town.
Judging by the way they’ve started the season though, the 13/10 Ladbrokes offer on the Blues claiming a win looks a little too short and the bookmaker’s news team agrees.
When combining the two teams’ squads to find the best XI based on form, it makes for pretty sorry reading for Jose Mourinho and his fellow Blues:
It’s hardly surprising that the majority of the back five are from north London, considering the sharp fall from grace Chelsea’s best defensive unit of last term has experienced.
How Mourinho would wish to have Petr Cech back on his books following Thibaut Courtois’ suspension and injury problems, while it’s the dependable and versatile Cesar Azpilicueta that is the lone Chelsea star in our side.
Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are often criticised for not possessing enough power as a top-flight midfield pair. However, they have easily outperformed Matic and Cesc Fabregas thus far, with the latter strikingly making around 20 more passes per game on average compared to his compatriot.
In attack, Mesut Ozil is a constant threat for the Gunners at the moment, looking energised and at his creative best.
Aaron Ramsey is keeping Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out of Arsenal’s side on the right and walks into this XI with Chelsea’s Willian and Pedro injured. On the left, Eden Hazard’s dramatic loss of confidence means Alexis Sanchez lines up despite failing to score in the league so far.
Through the middle, Olivier Giroud takes his place as the line leader having scored two goals to Diego Costa’s one in the Premier League.
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