Chelsea and Tottenham battle to keep their flatlining seasons alive

After nightmare recent matches, the two London rivals square off to keep their campaigns relevant

Things couldn't be going much worse for Chelsea and Tottenham in recent weeks, with both teams struggling in domestic competition as they prepare to meet in the Premier League on Thursday morning [AEDT].

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is under intense pressure following the team's fall to sixth in the Premier League, plus a premature exit in the FA Cup against Manchester United and the recent Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.

The farcical situation surrounding Sarri and the non-substitution of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga during the loss to City will loom large as Chelsea prepare to face their heated rivals from North London.

Kepa has been fined a week's wages for the incident, but will he retain his spot between the sticks for the match?

Stamford Bridge has been a fortress for Chelsea against Tottenham with the visitors having only won one of their last 32 matches at the venue.

If they can't get the job done versus Mauricio Pochettino's team it will be just about time to kiss goodbye their chances of finishing in the Premier League top four.

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While Pochettino and Spurs aren't under as much pressure, their domestic season is at risk of collapsing after the recent league loss to Burnley.

The reaction and confrontation by Poch to referee Mike Dean at the final whistle was completely out of character and a sign of his frustration that he can't keep a resource-bare Spurs in the title race.

Tottenham have a history of capitulation in matches against Chelsea with the 2-2 draw at the back end of the 2015-16 season - dubbed the Battle Of Stamford Bridge - effectively handing the title to Leicester City.

Which team will keep their cool when it matters most?

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