We've been accused of overconfidence ahead of Sunday's game against Hull City, which is a strange thing to be accused of unless we're all willing to buy into this idea that somehow words written on this blog and thoughts floating through our heads have a measurable impact in the real world. In which case a) that's awesome and b) y'all should be very scared.
It's hard not to feel confident. First in the league versus basically last. One loss in fifteen versus one win in ten. That last win was against AFC Bournemouth last weekend, under new manager Marco Silva, who's been relatively successful at every other job he's had so far. Beware the dead (big) cat bounce!
As the old cliche goes, anything can happen. Which is why the players will have stay focused, work hard, and give it their all — just as they've said they will. Chelsea play last this weekend, so the pressure of a shrinking gap to the rest of the top six or the opportunity of an increasing one should serve as proper motivation, if nothing else.
Date / Time: Sunday, January 22, 2017, 16:30 GMT; 11:30am EST; 10pm IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Neil Swarbrick — Mr. Swarbrick is back after over seeing last month's 1-0 win at Sunderland. Chelsea are 9-2-0 in Swarbrick's games, the two draws both 0-0 home affairs.
Forecast: Not warm.
On TV: Sky Sports 1 (UK); NBCSN, Telemundo (USA); Star Sports Select HD1 (India); elsewhere
Streaming online: Sky Go (UK); NBC Sports Live Extra, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo Extra (USA); Star Sports (India)
Chelsea team news: Diego Costa "news" dominated the airwaves for the past week, but differences between him and Conte have seemingly been smoothed over (if there were any in the first place) and the sideshow of transfer interest from China (if there was any) has been consigned to the recycling bin. The team's leading goalscorer was back in training after his back was back to normal; hopefully he now comes back into the side and gets back to scoring goals rather than tabloid headlines.
Everyone else is fit and available for selection, which should result in a fairly standard 3-4-3 from the boss, with perhaps Fàbregas getting a start.
Hull City team news: A tiny squad with a fair amount of injuries and a couple players otherwise occupied at the Africa Cup of Nations, but they will draw confidence from last weekend's win, plus the fact that they're expected to do very little other than keep it tight against Chelsea at the Bridge and hope for the best.
For more on Hull City, be sure to read Rob's opposition analysis.
Previously: Chelsea's record-equalling run of 13 consecutive wins started with the 2-0 win over the Tigers in the fall, thanks to a couple wonderful goals from Willian and Diego Costa.