Spurs may have lost three times already in the league this season, but they lie only a point behind the undefeated Blues in the standings and retain hopes of winning that elusive title.
While they finished up before the international recess with successive away wins over Wolves and Crystal Palace to keep the heat on the three leading sides, Maurizio Sarri’s men suffered something of a setback against Everton, who held them to a scoreless draw at Stamford Bridge .
The Blues know a big improvement is required if they are to see off their city rivals.
|Game||Tottenham vs Chelsea|
|Date||Saturday, November 24|
|Time||5:30pm GMT/12:30pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|NBC Sports Live||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
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|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BT Sport 1||BT Sport|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga, Whiteman|
|Defenders||Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier, Davies|
|Midfielders||Winks, Lamela, Dier, Sissoko, Wanyama, N'Koudou, Dembele, Alli, Eriksen, Moura, Amos, Skipp|
|Forwards||Kane, Llorente, Janssen, Son|
Tottenham face problems in defence, where they will be without Davinson Sanchez, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier. To make matters worse in the rearguard, Jan Vertonghen has only just returned to training after a lengthy spell on the sidelines and starts from the bench with an eye to Spurs' midweek showdown against Inter Milan.
Midfielder Moussa Dembele is absent, while Erik Lamela only returned from international duty on Thursday and is also benched.
Tottenham starting XI: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane.
|Goalkeepers||Kepa, Caballero, Green, Bulka|
|Defenders||Rudiger, Alonso, Moses, Zappacosta, Christensen, Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Ampadu|
|Midfielders||Fabregas, Jorginho, Hazard, Barkley, Drinkwater, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Pedro, Willian, Hudson-Odoi|
In contrast to their hosts, Chelsea have almost a clean bill of health. Mateo Kovacic picked up a minor problem on international duty but was nevertheless cleared to start against Spurs.
With their Europa League qualification sealed, and no fixture in Europe until Thursday in any case, Sarri’s men can fully focus on the Wembley fixture.
Chelsea starting XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Morata, Hazard
Betting & Match Odds
Visitors Chelsea are marginal favourites ahead of the game, with bet365 offering odds of 8/5 on a Blues win. Spurs can be backed at a price of 9/5, while a draw is 5/2.
While some onlookers may have been surprised by Chelsea’s undefeated start to life in the Premier League under Maurizio Sarri, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was not.
Indeed, he says the Blues have been able to thrive because they have an advantage over their opponents in that they are not involved in the Champions League, having finished a disappointing fifth in the standings last term under Antonio Conte.
“This season they are competing in the Europa League and it’s completely different to Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool or us as we’re competing in the Champions League. It’s a completely different competition,” he said.
“I am not surprised as Chelsea have an unbelievable squad and players. This summer they invested in quality players and added to the squad. But it’s normal, they have one point more than us. It’s not surprising me that they’re doing very well.”
With rumours circulating that Sarri wants to add to his squad in January – Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and Inter defender Milan Skriniar are two players who have been linked – he clearly feels that his side are not yet complete.
Hiccups, however, have been few and far between for the former Napoli boss, who has made an exceptional start to life at Stamford Bridge.
He has won fans over in the space of 19 matches, with the only defeat coming against Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley, back in August.
Fourteen wins and four draws have since followed, and another three points in Saturday’s derby would only serve to further convince the Blues that they have the perfect man for the job.