After securing a place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, Chelsea will return to Premier League duties in the next few days and they will be involved in on of the most heated derbies in recent years.
Frank Lampard’s side takes on league leaders Tottenham Hotspurs in the 10th week of the Premier League season and a win for Spurs will see them extend their lead above Chelsea to five points while a win for Chelsea will see them overtake Spurs who currently sit top of the Premier League table.
Ahead of the game, we take a look at the team news from both camps, players to watch and what the game means to the clubs.
Chelsea and Spurs team news
Frank Lampard earlier this week confirmed that Christian Pulisic could play a part for Chelsea in the London derby. The American international has only featured in a handful of games for the Blues this season as a result of injuries but his return could boost Frank Lampard’s side. Billy Gilmour has also recovered but is unlikely to be involved this weekend.
For Tottenham, Toyb Toby Alderweireld will not be a part of the team that travels to Stamford Bridge after the player suffered an injury in the team’s recent victory over Manchester City.
Players to watch
Son has been in really good form for Tottenham Hotspurs this season after netting 9 times in all 9 appearances. With an average of 1 goal per game, he will be looking forward to adding to his tally this weekend.
Another man to watch for Spurs is Harry Kane. The Spurs captain has not been hitting the back of the net as many would expect but he lies top of the assists chart with 9 assists in just 9 games. It is his best assist return in a single season. Could he supply one over the weekend? Time will tell.
For Chelsea, they will be hoping that Timo Werner’s wastefulness in front of goal in recent weeks has already come to an end. The German international could have secured at least three goals in his last two appearances but has failed to score even a single goal.
But with a fine record against Spurs in which he has scored 2 goals in 2 games, Chelsea will hope that he rediscovers his scoring boot.
A crucial game?
There is a school of thought which believes that this game could play a vital role in deciding which of the two London clubs can challenge for the Premier League trophy.
Although not fancied by most pundits at the beginning of the season, both clubs are in the top 3 and could place themselves in a good place and send out a message of their desire to win the title this season.