Super Sunday’s lunchtime kick off will see Chelsea take on Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in arctic conditions. Arsenal will get a chance at redemption at 1330 GMT on January 19, 2013 after losing the reverse fixture 2-1.
The home record of Rafa Benitez has been horrid, winning just two out of seven games. The fans have strong reason to believe that he is not the right man for the job. Other than the 8-0 drubbing of Aston Villa, Chelsea will feel they need to do more if they want to come out with the three points from this game. Their form is on the rise with 20 goals in their last seven English Premier League games.
Chelsea supporters will still have the previous corresponding fixture fresh in their memory as they lost that match 3-5.
[[Frank Lampard] who is rumored to be joining LA Galaxy, has scored seven goals in the last nine league games and will be looking to add to his tally.
Will Benitez start either one of Demba Ba and Fernando Torres or both, is a question only time will answer.
All the players that Benitez prefers to start are available. Yossi Benayoun and Oliver Romeu are the only players expected to sit out due to injury.
Santi Cazorla will be the player to look out for, for the Chelsea defence as this stylish Spaniard conducts most of the Arsenal plays go through him. As stats would show, the Gunners are yet to lose a game in which they have taken the lead.
Theo Walcott has finally settled things with Arsene Wenger and signed a new deal ending all speculation of him leaving the club. He has already notched up a career high of 14 goals this season and has justified his plea for playing as a central striker.
Lukas Podolski is suffering from an illness and is not too sure to feature in the starting line-up for the Gunners. Thomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta will both miss this game due to injury which will leave a big hole in the Arsenal mid-field.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal