This Saturday, Chelsea take the short trip to North London to take on Arsenal in the Premier League.
The fixture pits Chelsea against the side who are just below them in the Premier League with Maurizio Sarri also aware that a win, at the Emirates Stadium, will significantly increase the gap between his side and that of Unai Emery’s.
However, the Arsenal fixture is just part of a double-header against North London sides with Chelsea set to resume their battle with Tottenham Hotspur, in the Carabao Cup semi-final, just days later.
Could the small matter of having to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit influence the Italian’s thinking?
As usual, we’re running our normal feature whereby we invite you to second-guess Sarri’s thinking and name the starting eleven he’ll select for the first of a duo of London derby fixtures.
Could Sarri opt to give Olivier Giroud a start against his former club?
Will this be the game that sees Eden Hazard able to play in his more familiar role out on the flank?
Two interesting questions to mull over.
To participate in our familiar feature, simply drop your predicted starting XI in the comment facility beneath this article.
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