Thomas Tuchel & co. will make the short trip from the west to north London on Sunday afternoon to take on Arsenal in the Mind Series mini tournament at the Emirates Stadium.
The Blues head into the game aiming of continued their momentum run form, after wining their last two pre-season friendlies matches, with latest one was Tuesday’s 2-1 win over AFC Bournemouth at Vitality stadium.
Thomas Tuchel’s started their pre-season campaign with 6-1 victory over Peterborough United, in which Hakim Ziyech netted hat-trick while Armando Broja, Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham also on target.
Chelsea, then came from behind to defeat AFC Bournemouth 2-1 on Tuesday evening at the Vitality Stadium thanks to goals from half-time substitutes Armando Broja and Ike Ugbo.
The Champions League holders, now turn their focus on next pre-season friendly match, with called The Mind Series tournament, that’s involved their local rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
The Blues will kick-off their fixtures in mini pre-season tournament, away from home, by face their local rivals Arsenal at Emirates before host Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in their second outings, which will be their last final fixture of pre-season before start of new season.
And ahead of the trip to Emirates Stadium, Thomas Tuchel has been handed quite a boost. On Sunday, the Blues boss could well have a full strength squad at his disposal, only six senior-players likely to miss the routine.
Thiago Silva, Cesar Azipilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Ben Chilwell, Reece James and Mason Mount, all are totally ruled out for the match due to majority of them yet to return to Cobham.
Kai Havertz, N’Golo Kante, Timo Werner, Antonio Rudiger, Mateo Kovacic, Kurt Zouma, Kenedy, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi, all are have chance to feature at Arsenal after participate in Friday training session alongside the rest of Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Thomas Tuchel is likely to make some changes to the side that became from behind to defeat The Cherries.
Edouard Mendy is expected to pick between the sticks for Chelsea on Sunday afternoon while Kepa Arrizabalaga could also get some minutes in the second half of the game.
As for the centre-back unit, Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva are not available for match, means Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma likely to behind Mendy at the hearts of Chelsea defence while Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah, Jake Clarke-Salter, Malang Sarr and Matt Miazga should be also options for Thomas Tuchel.
On to right-wing back and left-wing back, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Cesar Azipilicueta are not available for the selection, means, Davide Zappacosta, who has been impressed in Chelsea’s last couples of games alongside Marcos Alonso, Baba Rahman, should fix the position.
As for the midfield options, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic are available for the selection, and is possiblity for pair to make starting lineup against Arsenal while stars like Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Lewis Baker could be other options for Thomas Tuchel.
Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Charly Musonda, Hakim Ziyech will battle for right-wing flank and left-wing flank.
As for the centre-forward, Kai Havertz is likely to use as centre-forward while Tammy Abraham, Ike Ugbo, Armando Broja could be also get some minutes when Thomas Tuchel’s men lock horns with Arsenal at Emirates stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Sterling, Rudiger, Sarr; Zappacosta, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso; Ziyech, Havertz, Pulisic
When is kick off? Sunday 1 August, at 3:00PM
Where is the match being played? Emirates Stadium