Chelsea vs Arsenal: Predicted line-up for derby as Frank Lampard and Mikel Arteta’s out-of-form sides meet at Stamford Bridge
Jan. 21, 2020
Chelsea and Arsenal meet on Tuesday evening with both clubs hoping to bounce back from disappointing results at the weekend.
Frank Lampard’s men suffered an agonising last-gasp 1-0 loss at Newcastle on Saturday, while Arsenal were frustrated by Sheffield United in a 1-1 draw at the Emirates.
Chelsea’s dip in form will be extremely worrying for Lampard, who oversaw his side’s eighth loss of the campaign at St James’ Park.
However, they are remarkably still fourth in the table, five points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United on the same number of matches.
Arsenal , meanwhile, have continued to struggle for results under Mikel Arteta, although performances have improved under the new boss.
But how could both sides line up for the derby in west London? talkSPORT.com has all the team news and the predicted XIs…
Lampard confirmed that Reece James could be fit for the clash after the defender hobbled off injured against Newcastle.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Christian Pulisic and Marco van Ginkel are also still on the treatment table, but apart from that, Lampard has no fresh concerns ahead of the clash in London.
Therefore, the English boss could stick with the same back line that started the match, with James and captain Cesar Azpilicueta on the right and left, respectively, and Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger partnering up in the centre.
After an ineffective performance at the weekend, Mason Mount could be replaced by Mateo Kovacic in the XI. The Croat has been one of Chelsea’s best players this season but has found himself on the bench in recent weeks.
Joining him in the middle of the park looks set to be Jorginho and N’Golo Kante.
Tammy Abraham will once again lead the line, with Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi other side of him on the flanks.
Have a look at the Chelsea line up in full, below…
As for Mikel Arteta’s men, Sead Kolasinac, Calum Chambers, Kieran Tierney and Reiss Nelson are still sidelined, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is serving the second game of his suspension after he was sent off against Crystal Palace.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos is set to return in place of Shkodran Mustafi in the line up after he missed out on Saturday through illness, while Bukayo Saka will most likely remain at left-back due to Kolasinac’s injury.
Hector Bellerin was named as a substitute at the weekend but Arteta may not risk the Spaniard, who has been out long term with an injury.
Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe are all expected to start, while Brazilian starlet Gabriel Martinelli will surely keep his spot in the XI after scoring his ninth goal of the season against Sheffield United.
Have a look at the Arsenal line up in full, below…