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How should Chelsea line up against Tottenham in Saturday's massive derby?

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In what could a season-defining pair of matches coming up in the next 10 days, Chelsea will be facing Spurs at home and then Manchester City away as we head into December.  No fixture congestion, no side distractions to worry about for the Blues — the way is clear and known for solidifying our nascent title challenge.

Chelsea enter the weekend one point ahead of both Liverpool and Manchester City, with Arsenal and Spurs lurking a bit further behind.  Three points against Spurs here is not only expected, it's necessary.

Given Chelsea's less impressive win last weekend — less impressive when compared with wins earlier in the winning streak, that is — perhaps an argument could be (should be?) made for some changes to the usual starting eleven that has served the Blues so well for five straight games (and a sixth where the only change was Willian instead of Pedro at right wing).

Choose wisely.

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