The Premier League returns on Saturday, as Tottenham welcome Chelsea for a London derby at Wembley.
The two city rivals are separated by just one point in the table, with the Blues in third and Spurs just behind in fourth. A win would be huge for both sides, as they look to maintain their push for top spot.
Chelsea are looking for revenge, after their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham last season. It was their first league loss to their rivals at Stamford Bridge since 1990. On the other hand, Spurs are looking to record back to back league victories over the Blues for the first time in Premier League history.
Here is a look at four key battles that could be decisive in Saturday’s clash at Wembley.
1. Harry Kane vs. Kepa Arrizabalaga
Kane has been in good form at the start of this season, scoring ten goals in 16 appearances. He also comes off the back of a great international break, scoring a brace in England’s 2-1 win against Croatia.
Arrizabalaga arguably faces his toughest test in Blue on Saturday, when he faces off against Kane. Chelsea’s new number one has been excellent since joining this summer, keeping nine clean sheets in 16 appearances. Kepa will have to be in fine form in order to keep another this weekend.
2. Toby Alderweireld vs. Eden Hazard
In an all-Belgian battle, Alderweireld will be looking to get the better of his fellow countryman. He has played all but one Premier League game this season, and although shaky at times. he is a key part of a generally solid Spurs’ defence.
In order to make a breakthrough, Chelsea will need Eden Hazard to be at his best. After a disappointing defeat to Switzerland on international duty, the Belgian star will be looking to resume his red-hot form for the Blues on Saturday.
Hazard will be hoping to add to his impressive season tally, which currently stands at eight goals and four assists. On the other hand, Alderweireld will look to keep his sixth league clean sheet of the season.
3. Christian Eriksen vs. N’Golo Kanté
One of Saturday’s most important battles will be in midfield, with two key men facing off at Wembley.
Eriksen is a key part of Tottenham’s attack, and will be hoping for another goal like his wonderstrike against Saturday’s opponents last April. Although he has scored just once this season, he has put in solid performances this season.
Kanté has been outstanding as ever this season, and has adapted very well to his more attacking role under Maurizio Sarri. The Frenchman is the heart of a beating Chelsea side, and it will be interesting to see how he fares against the Dane.
4. Lucas Moura vs. Antonio Rüdiger
Lucas has played every league game this season, last scoring in Spurs’ 3-2 victory over Wolves. The Brazilian has truly hit his stride for Tottenham since joining at the start of the year, and will be looking for his sixth goal of the season.
Rüdiger has been outstanding in defence for Chelsea, and it is unsurprising that Sarri has played him in all 12 league games. The German has kept six league clean sheets, and his battle against the pacy Lucas will be key to deciding Saturday’s clash.