Chelsea are back in action on Sunday 1 April following a two week lay-off with the international break with a crucial London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.
We will be looking to make Spurs April Fools with a valuable three points to get us back into the Champions League hunt.
With eight games to go in the 2017-18 Premier League season we find ourselves down in fifth; five points behind Tottenham directly above us and a further two behind Liverpool who have played a game extra.
Victory at Stamford Bridge this weekend would be a huge boost for our top four challenge, given that Tottenham have to face Manchester City shortly after and Liverpool could be expected to drop points around their Champions League matches.
On top of that we have matches against West Ham United, Southampton and Swansea City all to come – three relegation contenders.
Harry Kane did not feature for England over the international break due to the ankle injury he picked up against Bournemouth a couple of weeks ago. The striker would be a huge loss to Spurs if he cannot face us. He is currently listed as doubtful. However, he was spotted at Spurs’ training ground in his gear this past Sunday.
Unfortunately for us we have been very inconsistent, particularly since the turn of the year. Our top scorer, Eden Hazard, is without a goal in his last six matches in all competitions, which include defeats at Manchester City and Manchester United.
Alvaro Morata has been lethal in the air but only has four Premier League goals with his feet this season – and is coming up against a good Tottenham defence that includes Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez and Hugo Lloris.
We also have a favourable head-to-head record against Tottenham which includes the 2-1 win back in August – the first time to ever win a Premier League game at Wembley Stadium. They have never beaten us at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League era either.
However, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are one of the in-form teams in England; unbeaten in their last 12 (W9, D3). They have scored 26 goals and conceded only seven goals during this run which includes victories over Manchester United and Arsenal, and a 2-2 draw at Liverpool.
The below graphic from Paddy Power shows our recent head-to-head record against Tottenham and a comparison between the two club’s trophies: