This weekend's stand out fixture in the Premier League comes from Stamford Bridge as Chelsea face off against local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
After fellow title contenders Liverpool dropped two points at the Amex Stadium in their 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion, both sides will be hoping to move to pole position in the league table.
Chelsea come into the game as one of the league's most in form teams, recording six successive victories in all competitions. Tottenham are in a similar rich vain of form, with five victories in a row in all competitions, and the Lilywhites have not tasted defeat in the league since their season opener against Everton.
- Team News
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will have a full squad available to him following the return from injury of winger Christian Pulisic. The American has recently returned to full training, but Lampard made it clear in his press conference that Pulisic will likely be named on the bench.
Lampard is also confident in German midfielder Kai Havertz's availability after his positive COVID-19 test. Havertz came off the bench in Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Rennes on Wednesday in the Champions League and will be once again competing for a starting place in the Chelsea line up.
As for Tottenham, they will be without centre back Toby Alderweireld for the trip to Stamford Bridge following a groin injury picked up against Manchester City last Saturday. Despite the injury being a lot less severe than previously feared, the Belgian will still sit the fixture out, with summer signing Joe Rodon expected to make his first Premier League start in his place.
Argentine duo Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela will face late fitness tests for their availability for the fixture. Other than that, Jose Mourinho has no other fitness concerns.
- Predicted Line-ups
Chelsea: Mendy; James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kovacic, Kante, Mount; Ziyech, Abraham, Werner.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Aurier, Rodon, Dier, Reguilon; Sissoko, Ndombele, Hojbjerg; Bergwijn, Kane, Son.
- Ones to Watch
The key battle to watch out for in this fixture will undoubtedly be the clash between arguably the league's two most potent attackers this season and arguably the league's two most impressive defenders, as Tottenham's Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min will go toe to toe with Reece James and Thiago Silva.
Coming inside from the left hand side, Son Heung-Min has looked sharper than ever this season, with 9 goals and 2 assists in 9 Premier League fixtures so far this campaign. It will be the task of 20 year old right back Reece James to stop the South Korean, a test that many Chelsea fans will think James can live up to. James has really kicked on in his development from his debut campaign for the first team last season, but this will easily be one of his hardest battles yet.
Whenever there is any discussion about dangermen for Tottenham, you are always likely to hear the name of Harry Kane, who has found some of the best form of his career under Mourinho this season. With 7 goals and 9 assists already this season, Kane has found real joy in creating chances from deep, but he has also been as clinical as ever in the box. Attempting to deal with the England marksman will be Thiago Silva, who has really shone since joining Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. Silva has been a real leader at the back for the Blues, and has transformed their leaky defence to one of the most solid in the league. Kane will have to be at his best to get the better of the Brazilian, who has barely put a foot wrong since coming to the Premier League.
- Previous Meetings
Chelsea and Tottenham are frequent opposition for each other, so much so that it is already their second meeting this season following their 1-1 draw in the Carabao Cup which saw Tottenham victorious in the penalty shootout 5-4.
This fixture last season saw Jose Mourinho return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since being named as Tottenham manager, as Chelsea ran out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso. As Chelsea did the double over Tottenham last season in the league, Mourinho will be out for revenge, especially as he has not won at Stamford Bridge as an opposition manager since 2010, when Samuel Eto'o's goal was enough for his Inter side to beat Chelsea 1-0 in the last 16 of the Champions League.
- Where to Watch
Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur kicks off at 4:30pm GMT on Sunday 29th November 2020, and is available to watch on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 4:00pm GMT.