Chelsea make the trip to the Emirates Stadium for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Arsenal.
The Blues registered a comfortable 3-0 win over Crystal Palace in the opening matchday while Arsenal struggled and labored in a 2-0 loss to newly-promoted Brentford.
Mikel Arteta is missing key pieces Alexandre Lacazette and (probably) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while the game comes too soon for new addition Martin Odegaard.
Chelsea won’t have Christian Pulisic after the fully-vaccinated USMNT star tested positive for COVID-19.
However, Chelsea’s recent record in the derby has not been great, but they can be considered favourites for this one.
The Gunners could be without eight players for the game which is a huge blow for them.
The Blues have the chance to beat the Gunners for the first time since December 2019.
How Chelsea could line up against Arsenal
Edouard Mendy is an undisputed choice in goal for the Blues. He is expected to start.
Trevoh Chalobah could make way for Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta while Christensen could partner the Germany international Antonio Rudiger.
Ben Chilwell and Reece seems certain to feature in the wing-back spots.
N’Golo Kante recently missed the Palace clash with a minor muscle injury.
He has since returned to training and could partner Kovacic in the centre of the park.
Hakim Ziyech is also available for selection after making a quick recover from shoulder dislocation.
However, he may have to settle for a bench role in the London derby.
We are fancying Romelu Lukaku to make his second debut up front alongside England star Mason Mount.
Kai Havertz could take up the creative attacking midfield position behind the duo.