Frank Lampard's visitors thrashed Championship strugglers Barnsley 6-0 last week courtesy of a brilliant Kai Havertz hat-trick, though their early Premier League form has been erratic with a home defeat to Liverpool followed by a six-goal thriller at newly-promoted West Brom in which they had to come back from 3-0 down at half-time to claim a last-gasp point.
They now make the short trip to face a Tottenham side that are in the midst of a truly hectic run of fixtures and also face Maccabi Haifa and Manchester United in the coming days, leading manager Jose Mourinho to admit that they cannot effectively compete in this competition.
Spurs are entering the Carabao Cup at the fourth-round stage but have already played five games already this season and will still be fuming after their controversial late top-flight draw against Newcastle on Sunday that led to more fury over the changes to the laws around handball.
Date, time and venue
Tottenham vs Chelsea is scheduled for a 7:45pm BST kick-off on Tuesday, September 29.
This match will be played behind closed doors at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
How to watch
TV channel: The match will be shown live on Sky Sports' Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV.
Tottenham lost Heung-min Son to a hamstring injury against Newcastle, with Mourinho warning that the influential forward's injury will be the first of many as a result of Tottenham's packed schedule.
The Portuguese looks set to heavily rotate his team, though returning hero Gareth Bale remains sidelined with a knee injury and Moussa Sissoko was absent on Sunday through illness.
Versatile young defender Japhet Tanganga (thigh) is also still missing for Spurs.
For Chelsea, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy looks poised to make his debut for the club following a £22million move from Rennes.
The game is likely to come too soon for Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech as they close in on their respective returns, but Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi are both expected to start.
Billy Gilmour remains out with a knee injury, while it seems unlikely that Thiago Silva will be asked to start three games in a week at 36.
Prediction: Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea
Much here will depend on the team Mourinho decides to field on Tuesday night.
A weakened XI should still be able to challenge a Chelsea team that remain inconsistent and possess obvious lingering defensive vulnerabilities, but a seriously understrength side could really struggle against an opposition likely to field several players with points to prove.
Narrow away win.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
These rivals have met on 166 previous occasions, with Chelsea boasting 72 wins to Tottenham's 54. There have been 40 draws.
The Blues have won all of the last four meetings, including a 2-1 Premier League triumph at Stamford Bridge in February.
Betting odds and tips
- Tottenham to win: 9/2
- Chelsea to win: 4/6
- Draw: 7/2
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