WHEN: Saturday, March 8, 2014. 17:30 UK Time
WHERE: Stamford Bridge, London,
Chelsea will be looking to go seven points clear at the top of the league. Another London derby and Chelsea will need to win to further secure their position as League leaders. Chelsea are currently on a 13-games unbeaten streak.
Marco Van Ginkel returned to full training this week. Eden Hazard picked up a knock during Belgium's friendly against Ivory Coast but participated in full training yesterday and Jose Mourinho has declared him fit. David Luiz returned from the Internationals injured, Ashley Cole is injured too.
Mourinho also says some players have problems following the internationals - Luiz has come back injured. #CFC
— CarloFan (@CarloFan) March 7, 2014
#Mourinho: 'Ashley Cole got an injury in training yesterday and is out of the game tomorrow.' #CFC"
— Chelsea Blanket (@Bamisebii) March 7, 2014
STRAY INTO HIS BRILLIANT MIND
Jose Mourinho has been in the habit of starting David Luiz in midfield in the big games this season. It has worked so far but Luiz is injured so should be Ramires and Matic together.
There's a decision to make in attacking midfield too, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle will almost certainly start. The last slot will be taken by one of Willian, Oscar and Mohammed Salah.
One player that will have more motivation to win against Tottenham than others is Willian. After the controversies that surrounded his transfer to Chelsea and the involvement of Tottenham, Chelsea fans composed a song for Willian, "He Hates Tottenham". A goal by Willian will surely cause an uproar at the Bridge!
Like Mourinho said, Samuel Eto'o has been Chelsea's best striker at Stamford Bridge this season but he hasn't played as well away from home. All his goals have come at the Bridge, this Mourinho's observation is the reason I expect Samuel Eto'o to start.
PEEP INTO THE ENEMY'S CAMP
#TS confirms #Walker & #Kaboul are "in contention" to face #CFC tomorrow #Eriksen a late test #Rose #Lamela #Chiriches remain out #Spurs
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) March 7, 2014
Tottenham have not won at Stamford Bridge for many years (since 1990) and the last time they beat Chelsea anywhere was 2010. They will still be looking to do an upset at the Bridge and walk away with three points in a bid to force their way into Champions League football next season.
Chelsea fans will be hoping Sherwood either starts Soldado as a lone striker on the back of his winner in their last game or plays the two upfront and allow Chelsea dominate the midfield. Starting Paulinho, Dembele and Sandro away from home looks like the most logical move, with Adebayor on his own in the box.
KEY PLAYER: EDEN HAZARD
Eden Hazard is Chelsea's key player in every game as long as he's fit. Jose Mourinho declared him fit after whispers of an injury following a kick to the knee by Tiote during the International friendlies.
Hazard: "Jose calls me the best player of my generation and it is a huge compliment. I try to be my best." #CFCHazard is Chelsea's best player and the focal point of the attack. He will need help from his team-mates, they will need to create openings for him, finish off chances he creates and give the ball to him when he calls for it.
— TweetCFCnews (@TweetCFCnews) March 7, 2014
With Kyle Walker being an attacking minded full-back and Azpilicueta being a reliable defender, Eden could find lot of joy on the counter quite often tomorrow.
PREDICTION: Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham
Tim Sherwood:"Our record is so bad that we can go there and take the shackles off and enjoy the day."#CFC #Spurs.
— BlueSoldier (@bluesoldier_8) March 7, 2014
The last time Tottenham won at Stamford Bridge, Eden Hazard wasn't born.
Jose Mourinho takes charge of his 75th PL game at Stamford Bridge this weekend. He remains unbeaten, gaining 190 points from a possible 222.
— #JT26 (@GeneralAyub_CFC) March 7, 2014
Chelsea have picked up the most points on home soil in the Barclays Premier League (38) this season. #CFC
— TG (@zepnoc) March 7, 2014
With all these, Chelsea fans will be expecting nothing less than a win and with what we can see that's not too much to ask of the boys.