With no other sides in the top four playing in the Premier League this weekend, Chelsea will be looking to increase their lead at the top as they take on fifth place Tottenham Hotspur.
The Blues, who will increase their unbeaten home league run under Jose Mourinho to seventy-five games if they avoid defeat, should have top scorer Eden Hazard available after he declared himself fit despite suffering an ankle injury in Belgium’s 2-2 draw with Ivory Coast.
Midfielder Marco van Ginkel, who is still some weeks away from returning to action, is Jose Mourinho’s only injury concern.
Chelsea can move seven points clear of both Liverpool and Arsenal, and nine clear of Manchester City if they take all three points though the latter will have three games in hand.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has hinted that he may make a move for Mario Balotelli at the end of the season, according to the Metro.
The AC Milan striker, who played under the Blues boss at Inter where together they won three league titles, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League, is reportedly unhappy with life in Italy leading to speculation that he could be set for a return to the Premier League.
Didier Drogba is relishing having the opportunity to face his former club tomorrow evening, as his Galatasaray side host Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League last sixteen clash, Sky Sports understands.
The Ivory Coast international enjoyed eight successful years with the Blues, which culminated in him scoring the winning penalty against Bayern Munich in the 2012 final of Europe’s top competition, while he also won three Premier League titles, three League Cups and four FA Cups.
However, whilst admitting the club will always have a special place in his heart, he has fired a warning to his old teammates saying that he will happy to get on the score-sheet.
Drogba also revealed that, following the draw he received a text from Jose Mourinho, the man who brought him to Stamford Bridge in 2004 saying, ‘it’s your moment, enjoy it’.
Elsewhere, AC Milan strker Mario Balotelli has refused to rule out one day returning to England amid links with a move to Stamford Bridge, according to ESPN.
The 23 year had previously stated that he would not play for another Premier League club having won the Premier League and FA Cup with Manchester City, but has now fuelled speculation that he could be set to reunite with Jose Mourinho, who he worked with in Italy with Inter Milan.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to rotate his squad ahead of this evening’s Capital One Cup fourth round tie with Arsenal.
Juan Mata, Michael Essien, Demba Ba and Mark Schwarzer are all set to be handed rare starts, with Saturday’s trip to Newcastle United and Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Schalke in mind.
The Blues will be full of confidence having won their last three ties in this competition against the Gunners, including the 2007 final victory at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Mourinho lifted the trophy on two occasions during his first spell at the club, also beating Liverpool two years earlier while only Liverpool (eight) and Aston Villa (five) having won the competition more times than Chelsea (four).
Meanwhile, AC Milan manager Massmiliano Alegri has denied that Mario Balotelli is set to leave the club, following fresh reports linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge.
The Italy international played under Mourinho for two years at Inter Milan, where together they won two league titles, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League.
Finally, the Telegraph understands that mega-spending Ligue 1 side Paris Saint Germain are ready to reignite their interest in Juan Mata, who remains on the fringes of Mourinho’s starting XI.