Chelsea @ Tottenham: head-to-head

January 4, 2017

Tonight, Tottenham host Chelsea in a mouthwatering London derby in the Premier League.

The Blues are looking to equal Arsenal’s record of 14 consecutive Premier League wins, while Spurs know that victory would see them knock the Gunners out of the top four.

Ahead of the game, Sportsmail rate the probable starting elevens of the fierce rivals…

 Hugo Lloris celebrates as Tottenham march to a 4-1 win over Watford on New Year's Day

Hugo Lloris celebrates as Tottenham march to a 4-1 win over Watford on New Year’s Day

Hugo Lloris – 9 (Tottenham)

The France No 1 is not only a calm influence in between the sticks for Tottenham, but an inspirational figure in the dressing room. The club captain is enjoying possibly his best season at the club and has made a number of spectacular saves to win his side points.

Thibaut Courtois – 8 (Chelsea)

After a difficult 2015-16 season, the Belgian has returned to his imposing best during the current campaign. Chelsea’s improved defensive set-up this year has certainly helped, but the goalkeeper has still been on top form when called upon.

Kyle Walker – 8 (Tottenham)

The England right back has picked up from where he left off last season. His energy and mobility remain a vital component in getting Tottenham up the pitch, but his defensive improvement has not gone unnoticed either.

Gary Cahill – 8 (Chelsea)

After a difficult start to the season the England centre-back has profited enormously from Chelsea’s move to three at the back under Antonio Conte, and looks more like the calm and assured presence he was during their race to the title in 2015.

Toby Alderweireld – 9 (Tottenham)

Tottenham’s defence looks brittle and vulnerable whenever the Belgian is absent, and his return to the side from injury has helped Mauricio Pochettino’s side get back on track.

David Luiz gives a thumbs up to the crowd after Chelsea's 4-2 win over Stoke in December

David Luiz gives a thumbs up to the crowd after Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Stoke in December


  • TeamPGDPts
    3Manchester City201942
    5Tottenham Hotspur192339
    6Manchester United201239
    8West Bromwich Albion20429
    11Stoke City20-824
    13West Ham United20-1222
    15Leicester City20-721
    17Crystal Palace20-716
    19Swansea City20-2215
    20Hull City20-2713

David Luiz – 8 (Chelsea)

The Brazilian centre-back took time to settle back into life at Stamford Bridge after returning from PSG, but he has been a vital cog at the heart of Conte’s back three.

Jan Vertonghen – 8 (Tottenham)

The second-half of Tottenham’s all-Belgian centre-back pairing has been a largely unflappable presence, and an important part of how Pochettino’s side play their way out from the defence.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 8 (Chelsea)

The Spanish full-back has been converted into part of Chelsea’s all-conquering three-man defence and has proved a revelation. His defensive dependability has been key in allowing the wing-backs to roam forward.

Danny Rose – 8 (Tottenham)

Another Tottenham full-back who has gone from strength-to-strength after shining last season. His energy and dynamism have become a key part of how Spurs play, and have helped him cement his place at international level.

 Victor Moses – 8 (Chelsea)

A spare part for much of his time at Stamford Bridge, this season has seen the surprise reinvigoration of a man farmed out on loan in each of the previous three campaigns. Moses has proved integral at right wing-back in making Conte’s 3-4-3 work.

Victor Wanyama holds the ball in midfield during Tottenham's game at Vicarage Road

Victor Wanyama holds the ball in midfield during Tottenham’s game at Vicarage Road

N'Golo Kante holds off the attentions of Xherdan Shaqiri during the Stamford Bridge clash

N’Golo Kante holds off the attentions of Xherdan Shaqiri during the Stamford Bridge clash

Victor Wanyama – 8 (Tottenham)

The Kenyan has really made a difference in the Tottenham midfield since his arrival from Southampton and they look a far stronger side with him.

Marcos Alonso – 7 (Chelsea)

A surprise summer signing from Fiorentina, the Spaniard has slotted in well at Stamford Bridge and fulfills a key role as the left full-back in the system that has propelled Chelsea up towards the top of the table.

Eric Dier – 8 (Tottenham)

A revelation in defensive midfield last season, but Dier has yet to hit those same heights this year. His bite and aggression keep the side ticking, and he needs no excuse to get stuck in against the Blues.

N’Golo Kante – 9 (Chelsea)

The signing of last summer for Leicester has been the signing of the summer gone for Chelsea. The midfield dynamo has energy, intelligence and technique in spades to become a real lynchpin for the league leaders.

Son Heung-min – 7 (Tottenham)

Tottenham’s South Korean forward blows hot and cold. While at his best he is irresistible, when he is not he can look to offer little. But for Pochettino he fulfills a key role in leading the press from the front.

Nemanja Matic – 8 (Chelsea)

Far from his best last season, the Serb is back to resembling the midfield powerhouse who was a dominant presence in the successful title assault of two years ago. In Kante he has the perfect partner in the middle.

Dele Alli wheels away after netting in Tottenham's comprehensive win over Watford

Dele Alli wheels away after netting in Tottenham’s comprehensive win over Watford

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard shoots for goal during the dramatic win over Stoke last week

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard shoots for goal during the dramatic win over Stoke last week

Dele Alli – 8 (Tottenham)

After a subdued opening few months to the season, the England midfielder has been in amongst the goals in recent weeks and approaching the level he hit last year.

Eden Hazard – 9 (Chelsea)

Following a dismal time of it in Chelsea’s dreadful title defence last season, the Belgian has rediscovered his mojo under Conte. His eye for goal has returned, and so too his delightful close-dribbling ability.

Christian Eriksen – 8 (Tottenham)

The Dane has exploded into life in recent weeks, proving prolific in front of goal since netting a stunning long-range effort against Wednesday night’s opponents back in November. At 24 he still has potential to keep improving.

Pedro– 8 (Chelsea)

The former Barcelona forward flattered to deceive in his first season at Chelsea but has been an outstanding performer during this year’s winning sequence, even keeping Willian out of the side.

Harry Kane – 9 (Tottenham)

Harry Kane’s importance to Tottenham has been laid bare this season. His return of 10 league goals in 14 games tells only part of the story. In the five Premier League games he missed through injury Tottenham scored 6 times. In the nine games since he returned – 23 goals.

Diego Costa – 9 (Chelsea)

Chelsea’s blistering run of form has been down in no small part to the impact of the Spaniard. Costa cut a bewildered figure for much of last season, but he is well on the way to surpassing the 20 goals he hit in his debut campaign with 14 already.

Diego Costa has struck 14 times for Chelsea so far in the league

Harry Kane has been in prolific form for Spurs since his return from injury
Premier League strikers Diego Costa and Harry Kane go head-to-head on Wednesday night

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