Date: Wednesday 4th January, 2017
Venue: White Hart Lane
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT
Tonight’s game sees us take the trip across London to White Hart Lane, to visit a Tottenham side who have typically found some form right before we play.
Spurs have won their last 4, and 5 of the last 6 and they’ll undoubtedly be looking for revenge after their defeat at Stamford Bridge in November. Add to that the way we p*ssed all over their fireworks last season and Pochettino will quite probably stop at nothing to end our thirteen game winning run.
Going into tonight’s game, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says “Chelsea arrive in very good shape – us too after the last few games. It will be a very tough game and a great opportunity for us to try to stop them and try to reduce the gap. It’s important, I think it’s important for us and for the Premier League to try to win and try to stop them and reduce the gap.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte meanwhile, says “Now it’s not easy after 13 wins in a row you face teams that want to beat you not only to take three points, but for many reasons. It’s more difficult. We must know this. I think it’s very difficult to repeat this run. To win 16 games, draw one game and lose two games is a great achievement for us.”
For Tottenham, Erik Lamela (hip) remains out but both Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen have both served their bans and Dembele is expected to return.
For Chelsea, Pedro is back from suspension and Nemanja Matic could return after being rested.
TOTTENHAM (Possible line-up): Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dembele; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Kane
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Hazard, Costa, Pedro
Tottenham 0-0 Chelsea (29 November 2015)
~ Tottenham have won only four of their 49 league games against Chelsea (all 4 at WHL)
~ Chelsea have won only one of their last 10 Premier League games at White Hart Lane
~ Chelsea could do the league double against Spurs for the first time since 2005-06.
~ Tottenham could remain unbeaten in their opening 10 home games of a Premier League season for the second time
~ Tottenham have won four league games in a row, scoring 13 goals in the process and conceding just three.
~ A win for Chelsea would make them the first team to win 14 consecutive top-flight matches within the same season.
~ Only once before in the Premier League has a side won more points than Chelsea’s 49 after 19 games (Chelsea in 2005-06 (52).
~ Chelsea have won six successive Premier League away games, conceding just one goal.