Chelsea v Tottenham
Sunday, 16:00 BST
Live on Sky Sports Main Event
Match Odds: Chelsea 2.47/5, Tottenham 3.39/4, The Draw 3.412/5.
Chelsea versus Tottenham has always been a huge game for supporters of both clubs, but it's arguable that this might actually be the biggest Premier League game of the season.
After all, there's no title race to speak of, and therefore no genuinely huge games involving Manchester City. It would be a surprise if Manchester United or Liverpool dropped out of the Champions League places, and equally surprising if Arsenal hauled themselves back into contention.
Therefore, the main story-line seems to be whether Tottenham or Chelsea will seal the final Champions League spot. Spurs are currently five points clear. A Tottenham victory and eight points looks a huge margin, a Chelsea victory and two points is a very minimal gap. This game means a great deal to both sides.
Son to start upfront
Tottenham are in the driving seat, and therefore can afford to play cautiously here - a point wouldn't be a bad result. Their crucial selection issue is obviously the fact Harry Kane is still out injured, and therefore it will be the in-form Son Heung-min who leads the line. His movement and acceleration are excellent, and against Chelsea's three-man defence he'll presumably drift to the flanks, dragging the opposition backline out of shape to create space for runs from deep.
The man most likely to exploit that space is Dele Alli, who headed two goals at White Hart Lane against Chelsea last season, from two Christian Eriksen right-wing crosses. That could well be Tottenham's route to goal again, because Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses sometimes struggle to cope with aerial balls played from the opposite flank.
Mauricio Pochettino could deploy either a 3-4-3 formation, attempting to match Chelsea's shape, or a 4-2-3-1 system which would mean an extra attacking player. Pochettino is likely to go for the more tactically disciplined Erik Lamela, or even Moussa Sissoko, rather than Lucas Moura.
Expect two hard-working, powerful Spurs players in the centre of the pitch - Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama is the obvious combination, but Eric Dier could be deployed there too. There's also a question mark about Toby Alderweireld's position in the side. Although supposedly missing from the side in the aftermath of injury, he featured for Belgium in midweek, and his continued absence here would point towards contractual issues, rather than pure injury problems.
Chelsea problems across the pitch
Chelsea are in poor form in the Premier League - not converting enough chances, gaps opening up in the midfield and the defence suddenly vulnerable to errors. Although they start as favourites here, they'll probably have to win this one tactically rather than through genuinely outplaying Spurs.
Defensively, Chelsea have looked dodgy defending crosses in recent weeks, while centre-back Andreas Christensen simply seems exhausted in recent weeks, conceding possession cheaply and failing to track runners properly. Son could have a field day here.
I'm still not convinced Conte has found the right balance in midfield this season, with Cesc Fabregas wonderful in possession but defensively suspect, and Danny Drinkwater still finding his feet at the club, having barely enjoyed a run in the side all season. The less said about Tiemoue Bakayoko the better.
Alvaro Morata will probably start upfront and has looked slightly livelier recently, and may have appreciated the international break - he wasn't called up by Spain, so will have spent the last fortnight simply getting himself into shape on the training ground. The rest may have done him good.
The obvious goalscoring threats are the men either side, though. Eden Hazard tends to play well against Tottenham, and Willian has been Chelsea's best player in recent week. The latter could play an important role here, particularly on the break.
But I fancy Tottenham here. Forget about their poor record at Stamford Bridge - it means relatively little. Spurs are the better side, and I'm happy to back them at a generous 3.39/4.