Thomas Tuchel’s side trail Man City by 13 points, and unless they pick up their form soon their focus will instead be on the teams behind them as they potentially get dragged into a fight for the Champions League places.
Tottenham are sixth in the table, eight points behind the Blues, but they have a huge four games in hand and so the top-four race is very much in their hands.
Spurs have not lost in the league since Antonio Conte took charge, but they were well-beaten by Chelsea recently in the Carabao Cup semi-final tie which left the Italian admitting their was a big gap between the two sides.
With James Robson and Dan Kilpatrick at Stamford Bridge, follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog...
Chelsea vs Tottenham latest news
Kick-off: 4:30pm GMT, Stamford Bridge
How to watch: Sky Sports
Chelsea team news: Alonso drops to bench
Tottenham team news: Bergwijn earns start after Leicester heroics
Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham
16:44 , Matt Verri
14 mins: Tottenham’s best moment of the match by far.
Kane tracks back on Chelsea’s left, wins it back and he’s calm on the ball. Knocks it inside for Winks and he drives into space and deep into Chelsea territory.
Nobody comes to close him down so he goes for the shot from just outside the box, comfortably held by Kepa.
James Robson at Stamford Bridge
16:43 , Matt Verri
This is the brightest start Chelsea have made in a while. Ziyech and Mount are both combining well on the right and dragging Davies around.
That cut inside and shot from Ziyech moments ago was like the sort of thing he produced in his first season at the club, but rarely this.
16:42 , Matt Verri
12 mins: Ziyech decides against crossing it with his right foot, brings it back inside and keeps cutting in until the space for a shot opens up. Goes for goal from 20 yards out... Lloris parries it away.
Was close to him without too much pace, should have caught that really.
16:41 , Matt Verri
11 mins: Kane clipped, wins the free-kick and Tottenham have a chance to breathe.
Comes back to Dier and he brings it forward from centre-back, drives forward really and nearly gets into the Chelsea box but Silva nips in to win it back. Dier then gives away the foul, but that was good from the defender.
Dan Kilpatrick at Stamford Bridge
16:40 , Matt Verri
I make this the first time Conte has started with a back four at Spurs, reflecting the disruption caused by the knocks picked up at Leicester.
It is telling that Conte would rather rip his preferred system than call on Dele, Ndombele or Lo Celso.
16:39 , Matt Verri
9 mins: Tottenham have barely had a touch so far. Trying to stay solid in their shape, but they’re getting pulled around.
Ziyech tries to slide a ball inside Sessegnon through to Mount. Not the greatest pass, but the Tottenham full-back puts it behind for a corner.
Silva gets up well and wins the header, it’s over the bar though.
16:36 , Matt Verri
6 mins: Lukaku sends Hojbjerg flying to the ground, too strong for the midfielder.
Comes to Ziyech who is seeing plenty of the ball early on and again he can shift it onto his left foot. Shot from distance is deflected behind for a corner.
16:34 , Matt Verri
4 mins: Tottenham looking so shaky early on, not dealing with balls into the box at all.
Ziyech allowed to whip a cross in with his left foot, and Hudson-Odoi very nearly gets on the end of it at the back post. Tanganga does just about enough to put him off.
16:33 , Matt Verri
3 mins: It’s a 4-3-3 for Chelsea, with Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi either side of Lukaku.
For Spurs, a 4-4-2 as expected. Kane and Bergwijn leading the line, pretty much all on those two to provide the attacking spark.
James Robson at Stamford Bridge
16:32 , Matt Verri
That’s a huge early chance for Lukaku. Mount did brilliantly to get the cross in and Lukaku, in space, should have at least hit the target.
16:31 , Matt Verri
1 mins: Chelsea could be ahead after 40 seconds!
Mount wide on the right, Sanchez comes out to close him down but doesn’t do enough and the cross comes in. Lukaku in space in the box on the half-volley, sends it over the bar. Decent chance on his weaker foot.
16:30 , Matt Verri
We are underway!
Chelsea to kick back into top gear and get their league form going again, or Spurs to find an incredibly rare win at Stamford Bridge?
16:26 , Matt Verri
Here we go then... Conte saying hello to some familiar Chelsea faces sitting behind the dugouts.
Players are in the tunnel. Just a few minutes until the action begins at Stamford Bridge.
16:22 , Matt Verri
It’s not just Tottenham with a couple of notable absentees...
Leaving Kante out of such a big game is questionable. So is the lack of playing time for Havertz. Increasingly feels like Tuchel doesn’t know how to include him in a forward line with Lukaku #chelsea
— James Robson (@jamesrobsonES) January 23, 2022
16:20 , Matt Verri
Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso says he is “100 percent in good physical condition” after being left out of the squad for this afternoon’s match.
Lo Celso and fellow midfielders Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele were not named in Antonio Conte’s 20-man squad at Stamford Bridge but are all believed to be fit.
Shortly after the line-up was announced, Lo Celso took to Instagram to confirm he was not injured.
“Regarding the questions I received I would like to clear out that I am 100% in good physical condition,” wrote the Argentina international.
“I have no problem and I feel very well. I wish the best to my team in the derby today.”
16:12 , Matt Verri
Just under 20 minutes until kick-off at Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham will be on a high after their late 3-2 win over Leicester, but this is a real test for them.
For Chelsea, a chance to put in another dominant performance against Spurs and to get their league form finally back on track.
16:02 , Matt Verri
How it stands...
15:56 , Matt Verri
Chelsea are third in the table, and victory this afternoon would take them to within ten points of City having played a game more than Guardiola’s side.
It’s very difficult to read too much into Tottenham’s league position - they have four games in hand over Chelsea.
Conte’s men are only two points behind Man United in fourth, and so victory today would lift them into the Champions League spots. That would put them in a brilliant position, having played fewer games than all of their top four rivals.
James Robson at Stamford Bridge
15:48 , Matt Verri
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15:38 , Matt Verri
Similarly there are plenty of different ways that Thomas Tuchel’s side could play with that line-up.
Potentially a back five with Hudson-Odoi at left wing-back, but could also be a back four with Sarr filling in at left-back. Imagine neither manager will give much away in their pre-match interview either.
15:34 , Matt Verri
Bergwijn rewarded for his stoppage-time heroics against Leicester. It’s a flexible lineup from Conte, not certain exactly how Spurs’ shape will look.
Neither Alli or Ndombele are in the squad.
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) January 23, 2022
15:32 , Matt Verri
Starting XI: Lloris; Tanganga, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Doherty, Hojbjerg, Winks, Sessegnon, Kane, Bergwijn.
Subs: Gollini, Skipp, White, Lucas Moura, Rodon, Royal, Reguilon, Gil, Scarlett
15:31 , Matt Verri
Starting XI: Kepa, Sarr, Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Ziyech, Lukaku
Subs: Bettinelli, Chalobah, Alonso, Kante, Barkley, Saul, Havertz, Pulisic, Werner
15:25 , Matt Verri
Sounds like Dele Alli won’t be in the squad for Tottenham this afternoon.
Spurs are willing to let the midfielder leave on loan this month, but there haven’t been any offers coming in yet. Feels like a move that would suit both club and player.
15:20 , Matt Verri
Ten minutes until we get all the team news from Stamford Bridge...
Will Conte look to try something different to how he set up when Spurs were well-beaten on this ground a few weeks ago?
We will soon see!
Visitors have arrived...
15:11 , Matt Verri
Carabao Cup semi-final...
15:01 , Matt Verri
These two sides are very familiar with each other, having played a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final earlier this month.
Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, and it was similarly comfortable away from home as they won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Antonio Rudiger.
After the match, Conte had this to say on the gap between the sides.
“In this moment we cannot compare Chelsea’s situation with Tottenham’s situation,” Conte said.
“It’s not fair to compare the two situations. It’s impossible to compare.”
Stage is set...
14:53 , Matt Verri
14:43 , Matt Verri
It’s tough to look past just how easily Chelsea dispatched Tottenham in the Carabao Cup even in light of Spurs’ Premier League form under Conte. Neither side has looked completely secure defensively in recent weeks, so there should be goals.
With all of the games in hand Tottenham have, victory at Stamford Bridge would be a huge statement, but they may fall short again.
Chelsea to win, 2-1.
Tottenham team news
14:31 , Matt Verri
Eric Dier is back in contention for Spurs, although Heung-min Son continues to miss out.
Conte also revealed that wing-back Emerson Royal was struggling with an injury when he was replaced at half-time at the King Power by Matt Doherty, and the Irishman seems likely to keep his place after a decent 45 minutes.
Elsewhere, Conte must decide whether to hand Steven Bergwijn a start as reward for his stoppage time double, which earned Spurs a 3-2 win against the Foxes and saw them climb to fifth.
Chelsea team news
14:20 , Matt Verri
Chelsea have been given a major boost by the return of Trevoh Chalobah and Reece James to training – but neither will be ready to face Tottenham in Sunday’s crunch clash.
Both players have been out in recent weeks with hamstring problems, which has stretched Thomas Tuchel’s squad to the limit during their punishing schedule.
Chalobah is expected to be back in action after the upcoming mid-season break, while James is also closing in on a return.
But Tuchel will again be without Andreas Christensen for the Spurs game, while he continues to recover from a back injury.
The Chelsea manager refused to give too much away regarding James’ schedule when speaking on Friday, but admitted: “We have a time frame but we will not make it public because otherwise we will just get asked about the timescale.”
Predicted Chelsea XI: Kepa; Sarr, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Werner.
How to watch Chelsea vs Tottenham
14:08 , Matt Verri
TV channel: The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the game through the Sky Go App.
14:01 , Matt Verri
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage as Chelsea host Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have slipped out of the title race after a really poor run of form, and further slip-ups could leave them looking over their shoulder in the top four race.
Spurs have not lost in the league under Antonio Conte, but they were well-beaten by the Blues in the Carabao Cup semi-final.
We have Dan Kilpatrick and James Robson at Stamford Bridge, and stay tuned for all the build-up and teams ahead of kick-off at 4:30pm GMT.