LONDON (Sporting Alert) – Captain John Terry could start for the first time since November when Chelsea FC take on Arsenal in Sunday’s English Barclays Premier League game at Stamford Bridge.
Terry, who has been out with a knee injury prior to interim manager Rafael Benitez taking over, came off the bench in the win at Stoke last weekend, but he could be handed a starting place tomorrow as the Blues look to bounce back from the disappointing 2-2 draw with Southampton in midweek.
January transfer signing Demba Ba is also set to start again in the forward position after scoring against Southampton, with Fernando Torres expected to be on the bench.
Meanwhile, Nigeria pair John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses are away at the African Nations Cup so David Luiz could move back into the midfield.
Elsewhere, Arsenal again will be without injured midfielders Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky, who are both out with calf problems.
Striker Gervinho is away at the African Nations Cup with the Ivory Coast national setup, but defender Laurent Koscielny returns from a one-match suspension after he was sent off in the defeat to Manchester City last week.
European champions Chelsea have won one of their last seven home English Premier League games, and could struggle again on Sunday, if Arsenal play their best football.
This game looks for a draw with Arsenal also struggling to win in recent times.
In fact, Arsene Wenger’s side have drawn five of their EPL games on the road.
The last four head-to-head clash have seen both teams winning two apiece.
PREDICTIONS: Most Popular Chelsea 1-0 (15/2)
But with Arsenal having won at Stamford Bridge seven times, more often than any other Premier League side, the experts are backing them at 3/1 to win Sunday.
Demba Ba is also being pipped 30/1 to score first in a Chelsea 2-0 win
Chelsea vs Arsenal Teams
Chelsea squad: Cech, Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Bertrand, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Marin, Torres, Ba, Ake.
Arsenal squad: Szczesny, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna, Cazorla, Diaby, Coquelin, Walcott, Wilshere, Giroud, Mannone, Koscielny, Ramsey, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santos, Arshavin, Jenkinson.