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Match Preview: Tottenham v Chelsea

Villas-Boas comes up against Chelsea for the first time (©GettyImages)
Villas-Boas comes up against Chelsea for the first time (©GettyImages).

Tottenham v Chelsea
Barclays Premier League
White Hart Lane
Saturday 17 October; KO 12:45

Team News

Tottenham will be without Scott Parker for the visit of Chelsea to White Hart Lane this weekend, with the England international potentially staring down the barrel of a lay-off until Christmas.

Younes Kaboul and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are still out, but Kyle Naughton and Jake Livermore are available for selection once more after overcoming injury.

For Chelsea, John Terry begins his four game suspension for abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand both missed games in the international break but are available, but Daniel Sturridge will likely miss out.

Di Matteo wary of Tottenham threat


Roberto di Matteo has warned his players they must be mindful of the threat Tottenham pose or risk losing their unbeaten start to the Premier League.

Chelsea go into the game having recorded six wins and one draw from their first seven league outings, but must put behind them a difficult fortnight which saw two players thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Ashley Cole was handed a £90,000 fine for his tweet criticising the FA while captain John Terry chose not to appeal against his four game ban for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand last year.

The build up to the game has also been dominted by Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas coming face to face with his former employers for the first time since he was sacked by the Stamford Bridge-based club last year.

Despite the off-field controversies Di Matteo says his Chelsea side are fully focused on ensuring they pick up three points at White Hart Lane against a side unbeaten in their last four league outings.

"We are more focused playing against Tottenham, a team in very good form with four consecutive wins,"he said.

"We haven't won in the league there since 2005, a very long time, and they are always difficult games for us to play as well. I don't think in their mind it is about revenge, it is more about playing against the club and the good players they have."

Di Matteo worked under Villas-Boas during his brief spell at Stamford Bridge before being handed the main job on a permanent basis, and the Italian insists there will be no hard feelings between the pair when they come face to face on Saturday.

"We've obviously worked together and tomorrow we will be opponents for the first time as well but during the game there are not going to be any good feelings between us, but certainly after the game there will. We are in touch from time to time and our relationship is good."

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