Chelsea host Tottenham at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday as they look to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 14 games.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Live commentary of the game will be available on BBC London 94.9. Highlights will be broadcast on BBC Match of the Day at 10:40pm on BBC One.
Jose Mourinho's side will be roaring to prove their detractors wrong with a convincing win against Tottenham this midweek, after failing to live up to expectations against Sunderland, where they dropped two crucial points in the title race.
The Blues are still six points ahead of Manchester City but need a standout performance today in order to come back into the groove amidst a congested Christmas fixture list.
However, they have to do it without Diego Costa who has been ruled out of the game after picking up his fifth yellow card in the league this season. He is expected to be replaced by Loic Remy, or Didier Drogba, but neither player holds the same fear factor as Costa, who has 11 goals thus far in the league.
This was only the third time that Chelsea have failed to gather maximum points in a game, the other two being against the Manchester Clubs earlier in the season.
Meanwhile, Tottenham will be looking to make the most of Costa's absence and provide good opposition to a Chelsea squad who are threatening to run away with the league. History is against Spurs, with Tottenham last winning here in February 1990, leaving Mauricio Pochettino with an idea of the gravity of the task at hand.
A win here for Tottenham will also help fellow rivals Arsenal, who can breathe a sigh of relief with Chelsea missing out on the Invincibles tag, an achievement which the Gunners completed in 2003/04.
What Managers Say
Jose Mourinho: "We don't speak about Diego," he said. "We trust Remy and Drogba the same way we trust Diego. This is not our way of work. So forget Diego. We trust the other two and we go with the other two. We are top of the league in the Premier League, top of the group in the Champions League, in the quarter-finals in the Capital One Cup, and haven't lost a match in four months."
Mauricio Pochettino: "Espanyol had not beaten Barcelona in the Camp Nou for 27 years. It was also the first season that Pep Guardiola was in charge at Barcelona. This was the third or fourth game that I was in charge and I had started to set a different style on Espanyol. Barcelona were at the top and the plan was to press high and to surprise them. Barcelona had Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto'o, Thierry Henry, Yaya Toure, Eric Abidal, Carles Puyol and Andres Iniesta. We won 2-1 and it was an unbelievable memory. I have full confidence we can win."
Betting Odds (By 888Sport.com)
- Chelsea Win: 5/12
- Draw: 37/10
- Tottenham Win: 7/1
- Last Five (all competitions): D W W W D
- Last Result: Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea
- Last Five (all competitions): W L W W W
- Last Result: Tottenham 2-1 Everton
- Injured: N/A
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: Costa
Possible XI: Cech, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Terry, Luis, Fabregas, Matic, Schurrle, Costa, Hazard, Willian
- Injured: Walker (ankle)
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: N/A
Possible XI: Lloris; Naughton, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies; Dembele, Mason, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane, Soldado