Chelsea take on Tottenham in the Premier League on Monday and the Blues will be looking to halt Spurs’ title charge with a win at Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham are seven points behind Leicester City in the League table and they cannot afford to drop any more points. The Foxes need just one win out of their remaining three games to seal the title and Spurs will need a major slice of luck to win the championship now.
Chelsea have had a very disappointing season and the last thing they would want is their bitter rivals winning the Premier League. Guus Hiddink’s side will want to do Leicester a favour by taking points off Tottenham.
Spurs have been very tough to beat this season and Chelsea will need to be at their best to pick up the three points here. The home side will be delighted with Eden Hazard’s return to form. The Blues have done well since the appointment of Hiddink and should give Spurs a run for their money.
Nabil Bentaleb is Mauricio Pochettino’s only injury concern for Monday’s welcome of West Brom.
Clinton N’Jie is closing in on a return to fitness and could make the bench. Dele Alli is suspended after his antics against West Brom.
Thibaut Courtois is suspended for two games following his sending off in the 3-0 home defeat to Manchester City, with Asmir Begovic set to start.
Guus Hiddink remains without injured trio Kurt Zouma, Loic Remy and John Terry.
The Dutchman won’t be happy about losing his best defenders and his first choice keeper.
Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Rahman; Matic, Fabregas; Hazard, Pedro, Willian; Costa
Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Eriksen, Chadli, Lamela; Kane
Tottenham are undefeated in 15 of their last 16 away matches in the Premier League.
Chelsea have lost just twice in the Premier League in their last 18 games.
Chelsea have won their last 3 meetings against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge. They won all three games with a clean sheet.