After the hectic period of the festive season and the early-January fixture congestion, Chelsea took a bit of a breather this week to get ready for what would usually be one of the biggest games of the season. This time around, it's just an exercise in avoiding embarrassment (for either side, really). Hiddink has been a specialist in high-scoring draws so far, and that would probably suit him just fine again. Although, go figure, Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in both of our away matches under the interim manager. I'm not sure we'll ever be able to make sense of this season.
After recent injury troubles, both sides look to be able to call on a full-strength squad. For Arsenal, that includes Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez; for Chelsea, that includes Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Probably.
The only man missing in action will be Radamel Falcao. I also wouldn't get any hopes up of someone like Charly Musonda Jr playing a part, despite some media reports claiming not only that he's training with the first team (which, whatever — such things happen fairly often) but that he might be on the bench.
Contrary to reports, Charly Musonda Junior still hasn't trained with Chelsea's first squad this week. #cfc— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) January 22, 2016
Older loan warriors, like Patrick Bamford and Christian Atsu, who are waiting clarification on their futures are also probably not in the frame. So, with that in mind, it's all the usual suspects to choose from (minus the legendary Papy Djilobodji).