Chelsea have positioned themselves well in second place after a mixed start.
Antonio Conte has adjusted to the Premier League quickly and the Blues are now once again performing at the level that they should be.
It was a risk to bring the former Italy head coach to the club for multiple reasons, chiefly his authoritarian style, but the players have taken to him and Chelsea are in a great position to challenge for the title.
It is important that they have a good festive period and finish the year in touching distance to the top spot.
Here are three key fixtures that I have identified before the New Year.