Chelsea have not lost to Spurs in this fixture for 25 games and they will not want to start now.
Many did believe, that like last year, this year’s Premier League could be won at Stamford Bridge. However, no one would have believed that Tottenham achieve anything less than a win against their West London rivals, Leicester City will be crowned champions.
This proposition becomes even more likely if history is taken into account. Tottenham’s last victory at Stamford Bridge was a 2-1 success in the old Division One in February 1990, and Chelsea’s subsequent unbeaten run in this fixture currently stands at 25 games, with 17 wins and eight draws.
However, more recent history will certainly give Spurs more cause for hope. The Lilywhites are in top form, having only lost just one of their last 14 league matches and they are unbeaten in seven games. Chelsea, on the other hand, haven’t won at home in the last three games and have one clean sheet in their last ten.
The Blues will be bolstered by the return to fitness of stalwart captain John Terry who has been out with a hamstring and Achilles problem and Gary Cahill, who missed last week’s 4-1 thumping of Bournemouth due to illness.
Spurs’ England midfielder Dele Alli will serve the first of his three games suspension for violent conduct after television cameras showed him punching West Brom player Claudio Yacob in the stomach, in their frustrating 1-1 match against the Baggies.
Fellow midfielder Eric Dier is a doubt after suffering concussion in the last week’s draw, so much of the drive in the Spurs midfield could be missing for such a crucial game.