Chelsea will look to maintain their top-four hopes when they entertain Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday. The Blues are presently five points behind their cross-town counterparts, but they have a good chance of closing the gap based on the history of results at Stamford Bridge. Spurs have not won a game at Chelsea in the Premier League era.
Thibaut Courtois was forced to withdraw from the Belgium squad with a hamstring problem sustained with Chelsea in training. However, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez admitted that he should be ‘ok’ to feature against Spurs. The 26-year-old is likely to start between the sticks.
In defence, Antonio Conte should be able to call on his regulars with Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger starting alongside Andreas Christensen, who is expected to recover from muscle fatigue for the London derby.
Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso have been the undisputed picks for the right and left wing-backs positions respectively, and we do not expect any changes here either, with the latter surely to be buoyed after earning his maiden cap with Spain.
In midfield, N’Golo Kante is pretty much an automatic choice under Conte, and the France international could be paired alongside compatriot Tiemoue Bakayoko, who still has to win over the Chelsea fans this season.
Further forward, Eden Hazard and Willian are leading contenders to feature on the left and right side of the attack respectively, and Alvaro Morata may get to lead the line after scoring against Leicester, prior to the international break.
Chelsea’s Predicted XI (3-4-3): Thibaut Courtois; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger; Victor Moses, Tiemoue Bakayoko, N’Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso; Eden Hazard, Willian, Alvaro Morata