Spurs have only taken one point from their last four games to drop below Arsenal and need a positive result against a Blues team out to bounce back from losing to Manchester City
Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Cole
Ramires, Lampard, Essien,
Sturridge, Drogba, Mata
Walker, King, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto
Van der Vaart, Modric, Parker, Bale
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is likely to make a number of changes from the side that lost 2-1 at Manchester City earlier in the week. Club captain John Terry looks all set to overcome a knock which he picked up against Napoli in the Champions League to take his place at the heart of the Blues defense, with Gary Cahill the most likely to make way.
Daniel Sturridge and Michael Essien could well start after failing to make the starting lineup at the Etihad. Upfront, Didier Drogba may well replace Fernando Torres despite the Spaniard showing signs some of his old form as the Blues look for a vital win against their rivals for a top-four spot.
As for Spurs, Harry Redknapp is unlikely to tinker too much from team which grabbed a dramatic 1-1 draw at home to Stoke.
The only changes could well be to replace Niko Kranjcar with Emmanuel Adebayor who looks set to return from injury, though Ledley King could be a doubt to start after coming off in the closing stages against Stoke with a facial injury. If he does miss out, either Ryan Nelsen or William Gallas will deputize.
This would mean moving Rafael van der Vaart to the right of midfield but would give Redknapp the striking power to really trouble the home side with Adebayor partnering Louis Saha upfront. Long-term injury absentees Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone again miss out.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Only four Chelsea players have managed to score five or more goals in the league so far this season Frank Lampard (pictured right, 10), Daniel Sturridge (9), Juan Mata (5) and Didier Drogba (5).
- Chelsea has struggled to go on an unbeaten run so far this season - its longest streak without losing is six.
- The reverse fixture earlier in the season at White Hart Lane finished in a 1-1 draw. Emmanuel Adebayor’s early strike was cancelled out by a Daniel Sturridge effort.
- The Blues have managed to get on the scoresheet in all of their 14 home matches in the league so far.
- Tottenham has never beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League - a run stretching back 19 matches.
- Brad Friedel and Benoit Assou-Ekotto have started all of the north London club’s games this season.
- Tottenham had only lost four out of its first 25 Premier League matches this season before its recent slump, which has seen them lose three of its last four games.
- Harry Redknapp’s side has failed to win any of its last five league games away from home - losing three and drawing two.