The Premier League has been full of surprises in recent times, and the Blues have tasted theirs when they conceded defeat to Wolves and Crystal Palace recently.
Chelsea take on London club Crystal Palace a few hours from now and they will be looking to extend their lead over the Gunners, who are closely following them but were walloped by Liverpool Yesterday.
Maurizio Sarri assumed the helms of Chelsea late in the summer and the Italian manager has posited that his side cannot compete with Manchester City and Liverpool, which leaves them competing for a place in the top four of the League.
Meanwhile, Palace currently sit eight points clear off relegation zone and their win over City shows that are a major threat to any team.
Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi suffered hamstring injuries in Chelsea’s boxing day game against Watford and they are ruled out of this one.
Alvaro Morata, Andreas Christensen, Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all back to full training and they are in contention for this one.
Speaking about injuries ahead of today’s game, Sarri said:
“We have two problems. The first and most serious I think is with Pedro. Pedro has an injured hamstring and I think that he will have to rest for about 10 days.
“The second problem is Hudson-Odoi, it is not a very serious problem but I don’t know if he will be able to play in the next match.”