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  • 22 December 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • White Hart Lane, London
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Tottenham - Chelsea Preview: Harry Redknapp's men looking for seventh home win in a row

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


PROBABLE LINEUPS


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR


Friedel
Walker, King, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto
Van der Vaart, Parker, Modric, Bale
Defoe, Adebayor


CHELSEA


Cech
Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole
Ramires, Romeu, Meireles
Sturridge, Drogba, Mata
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is expected to make do without the services of Aaron Lennon, who picked up a hamstring injury during the recent clash against Sunderland. Goal.com exclusively revealed that the winger's injury is not as bad as initially feared, but he should remain out of action for two or three weeks.

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.
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Players to watch

E. Adebayor

Position: Attacker

Games: 10

  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
The striker has been in good form for Spurs and needs to put in a strong shift, particularly more so as his side are currently having problems on the flank. Even if he is starved of service from wide areas, he will need to make the most of what he gets.

J. Terry

Position: Defender

Games: 16

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
The club have downplayed fears over the captain's fitness and they will hope to be correct in their assertions as Tottenham possess a formidable frontline, not to mention pace and guile from midfield. The England skipper will have to be at his best to keep Bale and Co. at bay.

Editor's Prediction

Tottenham have recovered from their defeat to Stoke City by registering victories over Shamrock Rovers and Sunderland. But Chelsea are a much more formidable opposition, and will put forward a serious test of the home side's mettle.

Villas-Boas' side beat league leaders Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, but they were complacent at Wigan, ultimately only earning a draw.

And a point may be what the Blues will earn again.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea

Wins
0
2
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Tottenham Hotspur FC Tottenham Hotspur
Draw
Chelsea FC CHE
Chelsea FC Chelsea
33%
59%

Top 3 Predictions

Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
1 - 2
Chelsea FC CHE
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
2 - 1
Chelsea FC CHE
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
1 - 3
Chelsea FC CHE

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