LONDON, Sporting Alert – Chelsea start as a 7/5 favourite to beat Arsenal in their English Premier League London battle on Saturday. Follow Livescore on our coverage page.
Jose Mourinho’s side has won just once so far this season, but Sky Bet is backing the defending champions to come good at Stamford Bridge and take all three points.
Mourinho is also set to recall captain John Terry back into the starting lineup where he is expected to play alongside Gary Cahill, who skippered the Blues in Wednesday night’s 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in their Champions League Group G opener.
Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa will also return to the starting team after starting on the bench in midweek.
Forward Pedro is in the squad for the game after missing the Maccabi Tel Aviv match because of a thigh injury, but fellow striker Radamel Falcao needs a test.
Chelsea are 11 points behind Manchester City, who lead the Premier League table standings with maximum 15 points from the first five games.
Arsenal, in the meantime, are at 9/5 to take the road win, with odds for the game ending in a tie at 5/2.
The Gunners, who were beaten 2-1 at Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday, will be hoping to quickly bounce back from that defeat, as they look to keep the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the standings and keep Chelsea in the lower half of the EPL table.
Saturday’s game will see former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech returning to Stamford Bridge for the first time since making the summer switch to join Arsenal for more playing time.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will recall defender Hector Bellerin and midfielder Aaron Ramsey to his starting XI after the pair were rested against Dinamo Zagreb.
Theo Walcott will more than likely lead the attack, while defender Per Mertesacker is in line to make a return after recovering from illness.
Chelsea (squad): Begovic, Ivanovic, Fabregas, Zouma, Rahman, Oscar, Ramires, Hazard, Cuadrado, Mikel, Traore, Djilobodji, Pedro, Remy, Costa, Matic, Cahill, Terry, Blackman, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy.
Arsenal (squad): Cech, Monreal, Koscielny, Gabriel, Bellerin, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ozil, Ramsey, Sanchez, Walcott, Ospina, Giroud, Campbell, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Debuchy, Gibbs, Arteta, Mertesacker.