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Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur – BBC Sport

Frank Lampard got the better of his former boss Jose Mourinho last season as his Chelsea side did the double over TottenhamTEAM NEWS

Chelsea welcome back Christian Pulisic after a month out with a hamstring injury.

His return means manager Frank Lampard has a fully-fit squad at his disposal.

Tottenham are without defender Toby Alderweireld because of the groin problem he suffered against Manchester City last week.

Head coach Jose Mourinho expects Steven Bergwijn, Hugo Lloris and Giovani Lo Celso to overcome the knocks that saw them miss Thursday’s Europa League win.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

@Wilsonfooty:external-link Jose Mourinho once famously promised that he could never manage Spurs external-linkbecause his love for Chelsea fans ran too deep. So much for promises.

Chelsea come into this game two points behind Tottenham, but with both clubs harbouring realistic hopes of being involved in a title race.

Frank Lampard’s side have won their last six in all competitions – but none of those opponents will pose as big a threat as Spurs, whose own recent record is seven wins in eight.

So, we have two intense local rivals – both in excellent form, and two managers who know each other’s flaws and foibles inside out. It could be a great game – perhaps you might even say a special one.

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

Spurs put on a Jose Mourinho masterclass when they beat Manchester City last weekend.

It was a great performance and they are playing well, but I do feel with Tottenham that they have to score first for that game plan to be successful.

Chelsea always seem to get a lot of goals – they are the highest scorers in the Premier League this season – and I am not so sure Spurs will keep them out.

Prediction: 2-1

Lawro’s full predictions v Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith

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