Spurs are riding high in third place, a spot above the Blues, after a fine start to the season, while Andre Villas-Boas' men will be aiming to bounce back from Wigan disappointment
Walker, King, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto
Van der Vaart, Parker, Modric, Bale
Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole
Ramires, Romeu, Meireles
Sturridge, Drogba, Mata
On the left flank, Gareth Bale is a doubt since he is recovering from an ankle problem. But the boss could choose to bring him back for this game considering the magnitude of the match.
Ledley King played in the 1-0 victory over Sunderland and usually needs time to recover from his match exertions due to his well documented knee problems, but it has been reported that he might be given a look in if he recovers sufficiently.
Meanwhile, Jermain Defoe is nursing a hamstring injury, but is expected to be back in time for the game against Chelsea. But David Bentley (knee), Michael Dawson (Achilles), Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and Jermaine Jenas (Achilles) are all sidelined for the game at White Hart Lane.
As far as Chelsea are concerned, captain John Terry picked up a problem during training but the club have since downplayed the problem. Boss Andre Villas-Boas may not be certain of having a full strength defence, as David Luiz remains a doubt due to a minor knee injury.
Ramires is also a concern as he is recovering from a muscle injury that caused him to miss the trip to Wigan Athletic. Frank Lampard should retain his place in the starting lineup if the Brazilian is unable to make it in time for this fixture.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Tottenham have lost only one of their last 13 matches in the Premier League. That defeat came in the form of a 2-1 result at Stoke City.
- They have been strong at White Hart Lane and are on a run of six consecutive victories in the league.
- Spurs currently have a goal difference of +13 having scored 31 and conceded 18 in the top-flight. They are surpassed only by Manchester City (+35), Manchester United (+23) and Chelsea (+15).
- The Blues have conceded only seven goals away from home in the Premier League. Manchester United (three) are the only side to have conceded fewer on their travels.
- Frank Lampard (pictured right) is three goals away from reaching 150 goals in the league. He is currently in joint seventh place (with Teddy Sheringham) in the highest scorers since the inception of the Premier League.
- If all matches ended at half-time, both London clubs would still have been sitting in their current positions - third and fourth place.