The Champions face the latest challenge to retaining their title on Sunday when London rivals Arsenal visit Stamford Bridge for the Super Sunday showdown.
Arsenal have enjoyed a mixed start to the current campaign, enjoying victories against Blackburn, Bolton and Blackpool, whilst drawing with Sunderland and Liverpool and suffering their only defeat, a surprise reverse at home to West Brom. Analysing their opponents so far I can only conclude that Arsenal ‘haven’t played anyone yet!’
Meanwhile Chelsea have Didier Drogba back in the fold after missing Tuesday nights’ stroll against Marseille. Super Frank is still on the missing list but should return after the International break. To date we have no other, additional, reported injury problems although internet rumours are circulating that Essien limped away from Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.( no evidence of that ).
This is a vital match already, albeit, so early in the campaign. We need to go in to the International break with our 3 point lead secure. Man Utd face a tricky visit to the Stadium of Light whilst Man City should see of the Magpies in the early kick off on Sunday. This time last season we suffered a serious blip playing seven without a win but I’m sure that Carlo has learned a lesson from that period.
I think Chelsea will line up as in midweek with Drogba replacing Kakuta and Anelka moving to the right. The midfield trio of Mikel, Essien and Ramires will really have to be on their game. Mikel has been exceptional this season although he still has a habit of letting the ball run across his body which worries me. Ramires has been discussed at length by every Chelsea fan, with mixed opinions. I feel that Ramires will prove to be an excellent acquisition, given time to settle in to the physical demands of the Premiership .This guy has pace to burn, gets in to good positions both in defence and attack and has a good engine. An interesting statistic is that he made more successful challenges against Man City than anyone else including the superb Michael Essien.
I cannot see us slipping up against Arsenal on Sunday. JT claims that we held back in midweek to ‘save ourselves for Sunday.’ Drogba will terrorise them again, especially with the impressive Vermaelen missing at the heart of their defence. Take Chelsea to win a tense encounter 2-0 with a brace for Drogba.
Incidentally the referee on Sunday is Simon Beck. He was the excellent linesman at Old Trafford last season who allowed Drogba’s goal to stand when the home support complained that he was 2 yards offside! Thank you Mr Beck and welcome to Stamford Bridge, the home of the Champions.