Chelsea expected line-up vs Arsenal with Romelu Lukaku set for second debut

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Romelu Lukaku is expected to make his second Chelsea debut in their crunch clash with London rivals Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

Thomas Tuchel's side will look to make it two wins from two this season when they make the short trip to the Emirates, having got off the mark with a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace last week.

They are strong favourites to get the better of Arsenal, who looked completely out of sorts in their opening 2-0 defeat against newly-promoted Brentford.

And to add to the Gunners' fears, £97.5million Blues signing Lukaku could be unleashed for the first time in Sunday's London derby.

The Belgium striker, who sealed a return to Stamford Bridge this summer seven years after departing to join Everton, is in line to make his second Chelsea bow.

Tuchel has suggested his new centre-forward will be given the nod upfront after completing a full week's training with his new team-mates at Cobham.

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The Chelsea boss will be without Christian Pulisic, who has been ruled out after testing positive for Covid-19, but N'Golo Kante and Hakim Ziyech are back in contention after recovering from respective injuries.

First-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is certain to start in between the sticks, sitting behind a back three consisting of captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.

In his typical 3-4-3 setup, Tuchel should deploy Reece James at right wing-back, with Ben Chilwell coming in on the left.

Jorginho is likely to partner Kante in the middle of the park, meaning Mateo Kovacic may have to settle for a place on the bench.

Mason Mount remains one of Tuchel's most important players and will start just behind Lukaku.

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The last spot in attack is a choice between Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner – and Tuchel could lean towards the latter because of his speed on the counter-attack.

Chelsea predicted lineup vs Arsenal (3-4-3):Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Werner, Mount, Lukaku

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