Few players enjoyed Chelsea's domination of Tottenham Hotspur as much as striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink during his time at Stamford Bridge but the Dutchman believes the balance of power has shifted ahead of Sunday's derby. One year into his reign as Tottenham manager, former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has the north London club sitting on top of the Premier League table after nine games. Their visit to Chelsea on Sunday, where they have managed only one league win in 30 years, will offer more clues as to whether Tottenham can sustain a title challenge.
What is it? Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur in a London derby and top-of-the-table Premier League match. When is it? The game is on Sunday, November 29. What time is the kick-off? The match gets under way at 4.30pm. What TV channel is it on? Live coverage is on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event and begins after the conclusion of Southampton vs Manchester United which is a 2pm kick-off. Alternatively you can bookmark this page and follow every kick with Football Nerd columnist Daniel Zeqiri. What is the team news? In a boost for the home team, Christian Pulisic is expect to be fit again after a thigh injury to give Frank Lampard a full compliment of attacking options to choose from. Chelsea have scored at least twice in four of their last five league games. Toby Alderweireld's groin injury was the only negative to come from Tottenham's win over Manchester City, and although the damage is not as bad as feared, the defender will miss the trip to Stamford Bridge. Erik Lamela will also be absent, but Tottenham are waiting to see if Matt Doherty's self-isolation period will finish after a positive Covid test ruled him out against City.
To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of Jose Mourinho's demise as a top level manager have been greatly exaggerated. At least, that is how it appears as the Portuguese coach prepares his Premier League-leading Tottenham Hotspur side to face the club where he cemented his legacy as one of the greatest soccer managers of modern times. Mourinho led Chelsea to their first league title for 50 years in his first season in England in 2005 and the west London club retained their crown the following season.