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Six points ahead of second place, six points ahead of our biggest rival, 20 unbeaten (22 if you include the end of last season), 13 unbeaten in the Premier League (16 if you include the end of last season), breaking records left and right... sound familiar?

After the weekend's 0-0 draw at Sunderland -- most definitely not a display of glorious football -- the question remains just how long can the Blues keep all these streaks going.  One would think that Spurs at the Bridge would be one of the least likely ways to end any unbeaten streak, but the football gods often have a twisted sense of humor.  "First Tottenham win at Stamford Bridge for 24 years ends Blues' unbeaten start as Mourinho is sent off and Diego Costa also gets a red card while sitting in the stands." Media gold.  I can see it now!

This is where Jose gets to start earning his keep once again and make the tough decisions on which wins and losses depend.  Do we keep the same lineup for a fourth game in a row, or at least as much as injuries and suspensions allow?  Do we make any voluntary changes and rotate a few players?  Do we look at Sunderland as a one-off or do we read into it as a warning sign?  Do we react, overreact, or underreact?  This is why the job ain't easy and this is why he's paid the big bucks.

As fascinating and appropriate it would be for Sunderland to repeat their weekend tricks against Manchester City tonight as well, we cannot, must not count on any such favors.  A third of the way through the season, destiny is already in our hands.  Sorry, Spurs.

Date / Time: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 19:45 GMT; 2:45pm EST; 1:15am IST (next day)

Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6

Referee: Mike Dean -- the man who's refereed more Chelsea games (55) than anybody else in history will be back at the Bridge for the first time since our 2-1 loss to Sunderland.  Which, incidentally, was the last time we lost a Premier League match and the only Premier League match Mourinho has ever lost at home.  Better add that to the headline! Dean already refereed one Chelsea match this season, our 1-1 draw at the Etihad.  In fact, we have only 1 win in our last 6 matches under one of England's most senior referees.  Though at the same time, we've only lost twice in the last 22 matches he's officiated for us.

Forecast: Cold, raw, windy, and chilly; better bundle up.

On TV: none (UK); NBCSN, mun2 (USA); Star Sports 4 / HD 2 (India)

Online: NBC Sports Live Extra, Telemundo En Vivo (USA); Star Sports (India)

Chelsea Team News: The situation's unchanged as far as injuries go, with Nathan Aké's hamstring the only minor point of concern.  A much bigger point of concern is Diego Costa's suspension for yellow card accumulation.  Loïc Rémy has had a couple decent showings in his limited opportunities.  Let's hope either he or perhaps Didier Drogba are up to the task once again.

Tottenham Hotspur Team News: Spurs are also almost fully healthy, with Kyle Walker the only guaranteed absentee (he's making his way back from abdominal surgery, of all things).  Emmanuel Adebayor, Danny Rose, Etienne Capoue, and less impactfully Vlad Chiriches and Andros Townsend all face late fitness tests.

After a tough start, Spurs have won three of four and six of seven in all competitions.  Even Roberto Soldado scored a non-penalty goal over the weekend!  More headline fodder then.  But even with an on-form Christian Eriksen, Chelsea really should be winning this one.

View From The Enemy: Cartilage Free Captain

Previously: Since Spurs last won at the Bridge in 1990 (that's before the Premier League was even a thing), they have won just 5 of the 57 games played between the two sides (home and away).  Domination.  Here's what happened the last time they visited: