Chelsea Predicted Lineup vs Arsenal: How Injuries Will Affect the Starting Eleven

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The Chelsea lineup for the upcoming London Derby with Arsenal is a tough one to predict. Injuries to Ben Chilwell and Kepa Arizabalaga leave the already hurting squad in a state of disarray ahead of a visit from one of the top teams in England this season.

Chelsea Lineup Prediction for London Derby With Premier League High Fliers Arsenal

How Chelsea Have Lined-Up Recently

Tactical flexibility has been the name of the game for Graham Potter and his side. In midweek we saw a switch from a three at the back to a more regular back four, something that could become a feature of the starting lineup.

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The Englishman also tends to send his side out with three central midfielders, something which we also expect to continue despite a potential switch to a back four.

Chelsea’s Recent Form and Tactics

After setting out in variations of a 3-4-3 for a run of games the 2-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb was more akin to a 4-3-1-2 with Kai Havertz sitting behind the front two. Results have been spotty as The Blues are currently on a run of three league games without a win which could be what sparked the switch to a back four in midweek.

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Chelsea Injuries to Consider

The big one is the injury to Ben Chilwell. With the England international sidelined the team are missing two first-choice wing-backs, which was a potent weapon for the side this season. Others like Kepa Arizabalaga and Carney Chukwuemeka join long-term absentees Wesley Fofana, N’Golo Kante and James on the injured list.

On a positive note, game-winner Denis Zakaria should be fit to take part in the London derby.

Chelsea Lineup Prediction

We expect the team to line out in a similar formation to the win over Zagreb with a variation on the 4-3-3, likely a 4-3-1-2, utilised:

GK: Edouard Mendy

LB: Marc Cucurella

CB: Thiago Silva

CB: Kalidou Koulibaly

RB: Cesar Azpilicueta

CM: Mateo Kovacic

CM: Denis Zakaria

CM: Jorginho

AT: Mason Mount

AT: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

AT: Kai Havertz

Current Odds: Chelsea vs Arsenal

SkyBet has this one on a knife edge. The home team are 8/5 to get the win while the visitors are at 13/8 odds of taking the spoils.