Thomas Tuchel & co. will take short trip to the north London to take on their local rivals Arsenal in the game-week two of the Premier League season at Emirates stadium on Sunday afternoon.
After winning the UEFA Super Cup against La-Liga outfits Villarreal, Chelsea are kick-off their new Premier League campaign in perfect ways, as they beating Crystal Palace 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
The Blues taken the lead through Marcos Alonso brilliant free-kick before Christian Pulisic converted Mason Mount rebound cross to doubled his side’s lead at half-time.
Trevoh Chalobah, who handed his Premier League debut against the Eagles after impressed against Villarreal in the Super Cup, netting an unstoppable shot from outside the box to added more figures to Blues goals.
The centre-back picked the ball up in space, drove forward and hammered in a screamer from 25 yards which clipped the inside of the post on the way in, the third goal in a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Thomas Tuchel & co. now switch their attention on next match against Arsenal, who had a remarkable record over the Blues in their last ten matches across all competitions.
Also, Chelsea fans need no reminding that their final away game last season ended in a dampening 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa, but they had witnessed their side win six and draw two of their previous eight on the road before that and have not lost to Arsenal on a Sunday since the 2008-09 season.
Ahead of short trip to north London club, Thomas Tuchel has received huge boost concerning the situation of Hakim Ziyech and N’Golo Kante after pair made returned to Cobham this week.
The Blues duo missed their side’s opening Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace due to their respectively injury problem, but made returned to Cobham in the last couple of days.
Ziyech, who sustained dislocated shoulder problem against Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup last week, expected to be ruled out of action at least two weeks, but the Moroccan international back quickly to work.
Kante, on the other hand, sustained an ankle problem against Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup, but the Frenchman also made quickly returned, as he appeared alongside rest of Thomas Tuchel’s men at Cobham on Friday for preparations for London derby clash against Arsenal.
Romelu Lukaku, who joined the European champions from Inter Milan in a region of £98million last week, also in contention to start against Arsenal after involved in series of training session at Cobham since early of the week.
The 28-year-old powerful frontman started training session alongside his new team-mates on Tuesday, also participated in Wednesday’s, Thursday’s and Friday’s training session.
Lukaku was showcased series of commitment through the week training session, which give him opportunity to make his Chelsea’s second debut against Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel appeared confirmed the forward will be in selection against Arsenal, as the Blues boss hope of defeat his local rivals Arsenal, who beating the west London club home and away last term in the Premier League.
The Gunners kick-started their revival with a 3-1 Boxing Day win at the Emirates before Emile Smith Rowe capitalised on Jorginho’s error at Stamford Bridge for a 1-0 win, although Chelsea did prevail 2-1 in the Mind Series earlier this month.
Also Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Christian Pulisic will miss the clash due to both tested positive for coronavirus, while Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Reece James all are expected to be in selection after involved in series of training session alongside the rest of Thomas Tuchel’s squad since early of the week.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Thomas Tuchel is likely to make some changes to the side that started last routine, with Lukaku, Kante, Mount, Havertz and Trevoh Chalobah likely to get start against the Gunners.
Edouard Mendy is expected to picks between the sticks for Chelsea when face Arsenal at Emirates on Sunday afternoon, while Kepa Arrizabalaga could be back-up option for Thomas Tuchel.
As for the centre-back unit, Trevoh Chalobah, who impresssed in his last two games for Chelsea, expected to partner Antonio Rudiger at the hearts of Chelsea defence while Andreas Christensen should be last option for the Blues in their back-three formation lineup under Thomas Tuchel.
Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma could be back-up option for German coach while club skipper Cesar Azipilicueta and Marcos Alonso should retain their place at right-wing back and left-wing back, when they lock horns with Arsenal.
Moving on to midfield options, N’Golo Kante’s return to Cobham on Friday, means the Frenchman with pivot alongside Jorginho in the middle of park against Arsenal while Mateo Kovacic could be back-up option.
Mason Mount and Kai Havertz are expected to behind Romelu Lukaku in Chelsea front-line against Arsenal while players likes Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi could be options for the Blues in the second half of the game.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Chalobah, Christensen, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Havertz; Lukaku
Where is the match being played? at Emirates stadium
When is kick off? Sunday 22 August, at 4:30PM