Chelsea v Arsenal

Makelele and Gallas have recovered from knocks picked up in the US tour match against AC Milan. Every player is fit, but Wayne Bridge will have to wait a little longer to complete his comeback.

Arsenal won’t miss Vieira as much as some people suggest. The lanky Frenchman’s form had been gradually dipping. The £13m they received for him was good business.

The match won’t be a ‘war’.

Frank Lampard will score his 50th goal for The Blues in a 2-1 victory.

Shaun Wright-Phillips will play a blinder.

Jose Mourinho will ‘break’ the Community/Charity/Comedy Shield ‘curse’.

There will be a period of silence immediately before the match to remember all the victims of the recent London bombings.

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