Previewing Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur
Probably, the defining game of this season so far
The sheer statistics of the clash tell the obvious thing. Chelsea just haven't lost to Tottenham at the Bridge for 28 years. 28 years! And while in the 90s and in the 00s the difference between the sides was apparent, Spurs have managed to become a force to reckon with over the last years. This has allowed the Blues to produce some heartbreaking moments for our today's opponents.
The most notable one was the 2-2 draw with Chelsea coming from 0-2 to deny Spurs the title and graciously hand it over to the ex boss Claudio Ranieri and his Leicester City team, that was two seasons ago.
Today, a draw will only be of help to Liverpool and probably Spurs, too. Chelsea have a gap to fill and a defeat today will all but mean game over. A draw will keep the 5-point gap intact. With rivals grinding wins out, it may prove to be a futile race for us if the splits are shared.
Chelsea head into the game with Andreas Christensen being a doubt. Spurs have their concern in Harry Kane. Whether these are - or would be - equal losses is up to you. The fact is Chelsea will have to beat an in-form Spurs side, with or without a certain player.
The last time we played at the Bridge vs the rival, it ended up being a hard-fought draw. The only time we played them this term is a 1-1 draw at Wembley thanks to a Marcos Alonso's stunner. So in case you somehow watch the derby for the first time, you understand one thing - it won't be easy.