Match Preview – Chelsea (H)

Will it be a Happy New Year for Tottenham Hotspur, as London rivals Chelsea visit White Hart Lane? After overcoming the tough task of Manchester United less than a week ago, Spurs will have to dig deep in order to gain any points against the league leaders.

Venue: White Hart Lane

Kick-Off: 5:30pm

Television Coverage: BT Sport

Stats (Via BBC Sport)

Chelsea have won 25 Premier League matches against Spurs – only Manchester United, with 29 wins, have a better record. After winning 2-0 on his first two trips to Tottenham, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is without a win in his last two visits to White Hart Lane.

Tottenham’s only defeat in eight league matches came against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Spurs have conceded five penalties in the league this season, the most in the top flight. Excluding penalties, Christian Eriksen scored more Premier League goals (13) than any other midfielder in 2014.

Opposition focus

Chelsea have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League away matches (W8, D4, L1). The Blues have won 10 league points from losing positions this season, the equal-most with Newcastle. They have lost only one of their last 18 Premier League London derbies (W13, D4) – 1-0 against Crystal Palace in March. Chelsea only conceded four goals in London derbies in the league last season. Didier Drogba has scored four goals and assisted five more in his last nine league games against Spurs. Fabregas has provided a league-high 13 assists in the league this season. Chelsea have won every league game where they’ve scored two or more goals this season but none of the five games when they’ve scored fewer than two.

Team News

Tottenham have no fresh concerns after the draw with Louis Van Gaal’s side. Pochettino switched his team up after the victory over Leicester, and no doubt he will do the same for Chelsea. Nabil Bentaleb missed the draw through illness and is fit to return against Jose Mourinho’s side.

Predictions

Starting XI – Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies, Mason, Stambouli, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane

Score – Tottenham 2-2 Chelsea

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