Chelsea Take on the Gunners at Stamford Bridge
October 28, 2011
The Premier League continues this weekend and sees Chelsea face their London rivals Arsenal on Saturday, without striker Didier Drogba.
Chelsea will take on Arsenal this Saturday at Stamford Bridge without Ivorian striker Drogba, due to the red card he received in the QPR game last week. This means that Fernando Torres could make his way back into the starting 11 after his three-match ban following a red card.
The only injury worries for Arsenal are Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson, but the Gunners could be boosted in defence by Thomas Vermaelen, who returned this week in the Carling Cup following an ankle injury.
This looks to be an exciting game as, after a ragged start to the season for the Gunners, they are finally finding some form with the help of Robin Van Persie who has scored six goals in his last four league games. However, Arsenal still have a lot to work on as they have a dismal record away form home and getting a win a Stamford Bridge is a big ask.
Chelsea may have lost to QPR last week but are still the favourites to win this game, as they have done what’s necessary so far to stay in the top three.
The other major game this weekend sees Everton play Manchester United, who will be looking to rise from the ashes of their 6-1 defeat against Man City last week.
Everton will be without their Captain Phil Neville after he got injured in the Carling Cup against Chelsea and their Australian midfielder Tim Cahill is also injured. A big loss for Everton is the suspension of their on form midfielder Royston Drenthe, who is currently on loan from Real Madrid.
Ashley Young is a concern for United but could yet play, whilst Tom Cleverly and Nemanja Vidic are both looking to play after playing in the cup game against Aldershot. This is a big game for United as they need to bounce back from their humiliating defeat to Man City, and history is on their side as Everton have only beaten them once in their last 12 meetings.
However, recent form does go against the Manchester side as they have only won two out of their last six games and Wayne Rooney has not scored in his last four Premier League games.
Elsewhere Man City will take on Wolves for the second time this week, after beating them 5-2 in the Carling Cup.
Man City manager Roberto Mancini opted to play some youngsters in the cup game but this Premiership match up could see the return of their top goal scorer, Sergio Aguero, to the staring line-up, whereas Aguero’s fellow countryman Carlos Tevez is highly unlikely to play due to the on-going saga over a breach of contract with the club.
Wolverhampton will be looking to rectify the mistakes they made mid-week and will be hoping to get at least a point from this game.
By Jonathan Davies
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