When Chelsea plays home to Manchester City in the Premier League on Thursday, Graham Potter may have a chance to turn around the team’s dismal season.
In their matchup with Arsenal, the defending Premier League champions must make up an eight-point deficit after several slip-ups.
Pep Guardiola’s team can’t afford to lose any more ground after a poor draw with Everton at the weekend if they want to knock a “unusual” Arsenal off the top spot in the standings.
In addition, with Chelsea now languishing in ninth place on the table, an undeniable testimonial to their season thus far, this is the perfect time to steal all three points away from them.
Chelsea’s injury list appears to be becoming longer for this game.
N’Golo Kante (hamstring), Reece James (knee), Ben Chilwell (hamstring), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (leg), Wesley Fofana (knee), and Armando Broja (knee) are all out, but Edouard Mendy (shoulder) is close to returning.
Julian Alvarez has returned to City training following the World Cup final and could be called up.
Aymeric Laporte (back) is questionable, and Ruben Dias (hamstring) is injured.
City have won these two teams’ last three meetings without conceding.
Chelsea wins: 71
Man City wins: 62