Key Duo Passed Fit To Start: Predicted Chelsea Starting XI vs Arsenal

By on January 22, 2016

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Chelsea will look to get back to winning ways when they take on league leaders Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side we think Guus Hiddink will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois is certain to keep his place in goal despite shipping five goals in his last two games.

Defence: Hiddink is also likely to stick with the same back-four that started during last weeks dramatic 3-3 draw with Everton meaning Kurt Zouma should continue alongside John Terry in the heart of defence with Gary Cahill once again among the substitutes.

Cesar Azpilicueta is a cert to retain his place at left-back while Branislav Ivanovic will be looking to celebrate his new contract with a good performance at right-back.

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Midfield: Nemanja Matic was recalled to the starting eleven against the Toffees last time out and I think we’ll see Hiddink continue with the Serbian international alongside John Obi Mikel in a bid to keep things tight against Arsenal in front of their defence.

Attack: Cesc Fabregas could therefore be deployed in a slightly more advanced role against his former club with Willian expected to also keep his place in attack. Eden Hazard has been passed fit to make his return to the team after missing the last three games with a groin injury so Pedro may find himself dropping to the bench.

Diego Costa is also set to feature after Hiddink confirmed the striker is available despite not being able to train fully this week due to a shin injury he sustained against Everton last weekend.

Here is how I think we’ll see Chelsea line-up:

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What do you think of the line-up? What would be your team?

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