Are you ready to have your weekend made or ruined by lunchtime on Saturday?
After the disappointment of Monday night, Chelsea take on Spurs next at the Bridge and it’s must-win of all must-wins for both teams, but especially Chelsea, the home side. It’s fourth versus fifth and it’s all the narratives and all the marbles and all the top-four prospects on the line. Maybe that’s overly dramatic. But it feels like massive game, with massive repercussions, both good (win) and bad (lose or draw).
Adding to the sense of occasion are the number of injury and fitness issues for both teams. Chelsea’s frustrations on Monday weren’t confined to just the pitch, with Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi both ruled out ahead of the game and both N’Golo Kanté and Andreas Christensen picking up injuries during it.
Kanté’s out and so is probably Christensen, who missed training to go get his broken nose taken care of Italy, which is where all the players go for their special masks. Abraham was a maybe at last check, while Hudson-Odoi was not even that but maybe we can be hopeful. Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek remain out, unless Lampard drops a surprise in his press-conference tomorrow.