After firing a rare blank at the weekend, Chelsea will hope to return to their best as London rivals Tottenham visit Stamford Bridge, a venue at which they have a pitiful record.
The stalemate with Sunderland was one of those rare occasions where Jose Mourinho’s men appeared short of ideas and created little against very organised and determined opposition, and as a result their lead at the top of the Premier League was cut to six points.
But they clearly remain the team to beat this season, and despite the absence of top scorer Diego Costa due to suspension it would take something special for the league’s only 100% home record, while Loic Remy and Didier Drogba are both very able replacements for the Spain international.
Tottenham have embarked on a mini-revival in recent games, coming from behind to win on three of their last four top-flight outings, with Harry Kane – whose impact is being met with increasing adulation by the fans – particularly influential.
Sunday’s victory over Everton was probably accompanied by their performance of the season, as they recovered impressively following a slow start. The sight of Roberto Soldado finding the net was also a welcome one, given the former Valencia man’s recent struggles.
Aside from Costa being missing, Chelsea have a near fully-fit squad to choose from, with Nathan Ake the only injured player.
Emmanuel Adebayor is doubtful for Tottenham along with Etienne Capoue and Danny Rose, but Kyle Naughton returns from a two-match ban.
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