Chelsea possible starting lineup


We all know what we expected when two heavyweight English teams go against each other in a London derby this Sunday at Emirates Stadium..

Chelsea could hand Romelu Lukaku his second debut 

The Belgian returned to Stamford Bridge in a £97.5m deal from Inter Milan last week but was not ready to face Crystal Palace due to quarantine measures, although Thomas Tuchel hopes to have him leading the line at the Emirates.

Lukaku's return spells trouble for Timo Werner in the capital, with the striker likely to take his spot on the bench as Lukaku leads the line with support from Mason Mount and Kai Havertz after Christian Pulisic's positive coronavirus test.

In another huge boost to the Blues, N'Golo Kante is thought to have a strong chance of shaking off an ankle problem as he seeks to displace Mateo Kovacic alongside Jorginho in midfield.

English full-back duo Ben Chilwell and Reece James watched on from the bench as their Spanish counterparts Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta starred against Palace, and Tuchel is unlikely to consider dropping either man, especially after Alonso's stunning free kick.

Emerson Palmieri has now completed a loan move to Lyon but was never going to challenge anyway, while Trevoh Chalobah should keep Thiago Silva out of the lineup for now after scoring his first goal for the club in some style last week.

As far as injuries go, Hakim Ziyech has a chance of returning from the shoulder issue he sustained in the Super Cup, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek recovers from COVID-19 infection alongside Pulisic.

Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Chalobah, Christensen, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Havertz; Lukaku