Chelsea vs Tottenham: Line-ups
Chelsea Look to Dominate
For Spurs, their win over Manchester City last weekend was a statement of intent as far as their title credentials go, with the added benefit of sending them top of the table with pretty much a quarter of their season gone.
Spurs have won all four away games so far this season and could become only the fifth team in the Premier League era to win five such games on the bounce at the start of a season – a feat they have only achieved once themselves in their entire history, incidentally in their last title-winning campaign.
Spurs have won each of their last five across all competitions, including Thursday’s 4-0 thrashing of Ludogorets in the Europa League, while Chelsea have won their last six, most recently beating Rennes in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Spurs have had two days fewer to prepare for this game than Chelsea have, and they also have more injury concerns with Toby Alderweireld missing due to a groin problem.Davinson Sanchez played the full 90 minutes in midweek, suggesting that Joe Rodon could be handed his full Premier League debut in place of the Belgian.
Last weekend’s triumph over Man City may well prove to be a coming-of-age moment, and there’s a sneaky possibility that Spurs could come away with a headline-making victory in this London derby.