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  • December 22, 2011
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Premier League Preview: Tottenham v Chelsea

Premier League Preview: Tottenham v Chelsea

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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


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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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Available Squads
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
13William GallasDefender
20Ledley KingDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
23Rafael van der VaartMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
30SandroMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
1GomesGoalkeeper
4Younes KaboulDefender
5S. BassongDefender
3Danny RoseMidfielder
21Niko KranjcarMidfielder
14Jake LivermoreMidfielder
9Roman PavlyuchenkoStriker
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
3José BosingwaDefender
26John TerryDefender
7RamiresMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
14Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
8Juan MataStriker
11Didier DrogbaStriker
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
6Oriol RomeuMidfielder
8Frank LampardMidfielder
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Salomon KalouStriker
Players to Watch
Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 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.
John Terry
John Terry
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 26
Games Goals YC RC
0 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.
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.
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