Between the dodgy performances these two teams have given of late, the general unpredictability of the Premier League this season, the terrible weather and the magnitude of this game, could we be in for a classic?
Expansive football does go against Mourinho's ethos as a manager, and even though he has hinted at a return to more draconian tactics, he simply does not have the team to do such a thing.
Back in Mourinho's glory days at Chelsea they had an incredibly strong spine. Didier Drogba was the glue that held the attack together and at the same time he was the first form of defence. His replacement - Fernando Torres - is neither here nor there. He loses the ball far too frequently and offers very little attacking threat.
Though for this to happen, Torres will need good support. If Chelsea are to adopt more defensive measures, it deprives Torres of the supporting cast he needs, especially as it indicates John Obi Mikel will play. So many times in his Chelsea career, Mikel has proved he is no patch on Makelele and it is mainly because of his passing and average tackling abilities.
Therefore, if Mikel does play, Ramires will most likely be deployed alongside him. Ramires has the energy Mikel lacks and although he himself is not particularly creative, he will make Chelsea resolute.
Consequentially, I have reservations over Arsenal. They have played the same team throughout the season and it is finally showing. I have further reservations over Ozil as I believe he hides in big matches. That will place further emphasis on Theo Walcott and despite his double against Man City, I do not believe he has what it takes to open up a defensive line-up. Even though he will be up against a right back playing at left back (Azpilicueta), Azpilicueta has shown himself to be a dependable performer on either wing.
To answer my question: will this be a classic? No.
Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea