A win for Chelsea over AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday evening could see them move level on points with second placed Manchester United.
The Red Devils face a trip to Wembley Stadium to face Tottenham Hotspur, who could move into fourth with a win.
AFC Bournemouth have already travelled to Stamford Bridge once this season in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, where a goal from Alvaro Morata deep into second half stoppage time sent The Blues into the last four.
Ahead of their third and final meeting of the season, here is how we reckon Chelsea will set out against The Cherries on Wednesday.
Predicted line-up (3-4-3): Thibaut Courtois; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger; Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Marcos Alonso; Pedro, Michy Batshuayi, Eden Hazard
Predicted substitutes: Willy Caballero, Gary Cahill, Davide Zappacosta, Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ross Barkley
Having missed the last fortnight of action with an ankle injury, Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is in contention to return to the side against AFC Bournemouth, ending Willy Caballero’s four-game run in the Chelsea goal.
After being rested against Newcastle United in the FA Cup, Cesar Azpilicueta is likely to return to the back three alongside Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.
Victor Moses was another man not to feature against The Magpies on Sunday and could replace Davide Zappacosta at right wing-back.
The ex-Leicester City duo of N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater started together against Newcastle United on Sunday, although France international Tiemoue Bakayoko has impressed in recent weeks and may return to the side ahead of Drinkwater.
The loan departures of Kenedy and Baba Rahman in the last week leaves Marcos Alonso as the club’s only senior left wing-back and therefore, Alonso is the likely candidate to keep his place in the starting XI; although it would not be surprising to see Zappacosta feature as makeshift cover.
Forward duo Willian and Alvaro Morata have both been ruled out of Wednesday’s match by Blues boss Antonio Conte. Despite being heavily linked with a move away from SW6, Michy Batshuayi is the club’s only senior striker available and is likely to lead the line up front, with Pedro and Eden Hazard set to start either side of him.
The Blues only have Pedro, Morata and David Luiz unavailable against AFC Bournemouth and therefore should have enough quality in the side to secure their third victory over the South Coast side this season.
Score Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 AFC Bournemouth
By Jonty Colman