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Rupert Wyman 6th Feb 2010 - 14:24

The pulsating draw

Terry may no longer lead out England  but there is little chance he would ever be stripped of the Chelsea captaincy. The media have been scrambling around him to uncover any scandalous information and slurs possible.

Ancelotti has stated that Terry will play tomorrow and that the 29-year-old had the backing of the team, who would use the allegations to spur on a 'siege mentality' and an unbeaten streak.

A Chelsea win would ensure that they remain at the top of the table, come the end of the weekend.

Victory would also take Chelsea nine points clear of Arsenal in the title race and it would effectively end the gooner's chance of winning the Premier League title.

Ashley Cole has recovered from an ankle injury and is desperate to start against his former club, Boswinga and Essien are both long term casualties.

Arsenal striker Eduardo has failed to recover in time for the derby, from the hamstring strain he sustained at Aston Villa last week.

However, Diaby may return from a calf injury. Chelsea fans will be hoping tomorrow is not the day they rue the loss of Gallas to Arsenal.

Chelsea's frailties lie in their inability to defend set pieces, the commanding Terry will need to ensure that Cech is imposing his presence on the back line or Chelsea could become unstuck.

If Fabregas is allowed to play his free flowing football, he will be dangerous throughout the duration of the match.

Chelsea have a lack of pace and he will break at speed, with the ability to find gaps in the Chelsea defence.

The Blues had the look of a distracted side midweek, with Terry's every move depicted in the media.

They will need the noise of the Stamford Bridge crowd to get behind them, so the minor blip in form against Hull is a one off.

Don't you just love the games when players come up against their former clubs?

I would back Anelka to score at 5/4 anytime.Le Sulk has scored eight goals in eighteen league appearances this season.

Anelka has a great affection for Wenger but I have an impelling feeling he will find the back of the net.

An interesting stat concerns the last four meetings between these two sides, the away team has always emerged the victor.

On paper it seems another victory for Chelsea, but I have been swayed to back the draw at 12/5.

Arsenal deserved their 2-1 away victory last season and with the furore surrounding Chelsea this week, Arsenal can come and take a point in a pulsating clash with chances at each end.

However, victory for Chelsea tomorrow would ensure that at least for now, they are doing their talking on the pitch and not in the bedroom.



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