The way that Chelsea FC manager Mauricio Pochettino has been talking lately, it’s starting to sound like an era of good feeling is coming. Or perhaps even starting up right now. For those unfamiliar with what political history officially calls The Era of Good Feelings, it’s a reference to the sense of national purpose and unity among Americans in the aftermath of the War of 1812.
Otherwise known, in U.S. History textbooks, as The Second War for Independence. Are the good vibes coming to Chelsea?
Chelsea vs Arsenal FYIs
Kick: Sat. Oct. 21, 4:30 pm local, Stamford Bridge
Starting XI Predictions: Chelsea Arsenal
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Google Result Probability: Chelsea 31% Arsenal 41% Draw 28%
Form Guide: Chelsea WWLLLD Arsenal WWDWW
PL Position: Chelsea 11 pts, 11th Arsenal 20 pts, 2nd
Well, as the Blues boss said right before this international break started, “we’re building something right now.” After falling as low as 14th in the table, Chelsea then rattled off three straight wins across all competitions. It certainly feels like its been forever since that’s happened.
Pochettino then later said, “very good things are coming.” Well, until we consistently see better results, it’s all just coachspeak.
And Poch is just doing his job, in saying all the right things.
Upsetting arch-rival Arsenal, the side that sat top of the table for most of last season, would certainly be a very good thing. What’s the Argentine’s winning formula for that?
Here is our best guess.
Chelsea Starting XI Prediction vs Arsenal
Robert Sanchez; Marc Cucurella, Thiago Silva, Levi Colwill, Reece James; Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez; Cole Palmer, Conor Gallagher, Raheem Sterling; Nicolas Jackson
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