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Arsenal vs Chelsea – Possible line-ups on Sunday

What are the possible line-ups for Arsenal vs Chelsea on Sunday? How will the two sides look on Sunday? Sunder afternoon sees Arsenal host Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium so we thought we would put together a probable line-up for both teams ahead of the massive London Derby.

Arsenal vs Chelsea match predictions and line-ups

Now after Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester United last weekend, the title-race looks all-but over with Jose Mourinho‘s men set to lift the trophy in May, but if Arsenal can continue their hot form and beat The Blues on Sunday, the gap would diminish to seven points.

Arsene Wenger has struggled to beat Jose Mourinho, in fact, he’s never beaten the Portuguese when he’s been in charge at Chelsea, so the Frenchman would love nothing more than getting one over ‘The Special One’.

Chelsea Tactics and XI

With Chelsea not needing the win, we expect Mourinho to go quite defensive and frustrate Arsenal before trying to pick them off similar to how they’ve coped with other big games this season.

Another issue for The Blues is who they play up front. Diego Costa looks all-but certain to miss the tie through injury, whilst Loic Remy and Didier Drogba have also been confirmed injured.

Mourinho will have to decide how he goes about the starting XI without a striker, but this is how we think Chelsea will look come Sunday:

Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Zouma, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Hazard.

The back five picks itself for Mourinho, but we think we will see a centre partnership of Zouma and Matic in midfield in order to contain Arsenal’s midfield maestros.

Ahead of the two holding midfielders, Fabregas could be pushed further forward and Hazard could play a false number-nine role.

Arsenal Options and XI

As for Arsenal, their form has been incredible in recent weeks and apart from an injury doubt to Per Mertesacker, we don’t expect Wenger to change much ahead of the match.

This is how we have Arsenal looking:

Ospina, Bellerin, Paulista, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud.

Despite returning from injury and playing at Wembley against Reading in the FA Cup Semi-Final, we expect to see Bellerin replace Mathieu Debuchy and Monreal come back in for Kieran Gibbs.

It’s also likely that Olivier Giroud will come back into the starting XI ahead of Danny Welbeck.

What are your thoughts on the teams? Who do you think will start?

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles

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