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Preview for match: Chelsea vs Arsenal


Preview for match: Chelsea vs Arsenal

In part two of Grand Slam Sunday, Chelsea take on Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have not lost in 77 games at the Bridge - when Arsenal defeated them - but Chelsea have been unable to beat any of the top seven in league competition since Avram Grant took over.

Injuries and Suspensions

Petr Cech faces a late injury test to see if he can make this crunch tie, Nicolas Anelka, John Obi Mikel and Michael Ballack are all looking to return from injury.

Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) and Abou Diaby (calf) are both still sidelined for this match.

Squads

Arsenal (from): Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Eboue, Fabregas, Flamini, Hleb, van Persie, Adebayor, Lehmann, Walcott, Song, J Hoyte, Senderos, Gilberto, Denilson, Bendtner.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Cudicini, Hilario, Ferreira, Belletti, Carvalho, Alex, Ben-Haim, Terry, A Cole, Bridge, Ballack, Lampard, Essien, Obi, Lampard, Shevchenko, Pizarro, Sidwell, Wright-Phillips, Malouda, Drogba, Anelka, Kalou, Makelele.

Reverse Fixture

Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea

16 December 2007 - Ref: Alan Wiley

Arsenal scorer: Gallas 45



Analysis

Chelsea will be resting their hopes on Nicolas Anelka who has a passion for scoring goals against Arsenal, the club he once played with. Arsenal will be desperate to overturn five games on the spin without a win in the Premiership as they battle back from the fact they dropped an eight point lead on top of the league table.