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Tottenham vs Chelsea: Match Preview

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When Spurs sold Gareth Bale, many were skeptical of how Villas-Boas would replace him. With signings of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado and Paulinho, they're all excellent acquisitions and AVB couldn't be happier.

As former Spurs player Garth Crooks said: "Spurs have sold Elvis and signed the Beatles. Of course, the players now have got to go out there and do the business this season. But Daniel really has done the business for the club this summer.”

So far, Spurs have started the season in excellent form, winning eight out of nine games and only conceding the one. Unfortunately, this goal was the decider against Arsenal which has been their only defeat of the season.

The whole Spurs team must step up if they are to challenge Chelsea and Lewis Holtby realises that it could be a tough match against their local rivals: "Chelsea is a massive game for us and a positive result can give us the confidence we need for the rest of the season."

But let's step back for a second. This is a Chelsea side who have been in staggering form this season. Looking excellent at the beginning of the season, then getting defeated twice in the space of a few days, before returning to winning ways against Fulham last weekend.

Mourinho has already demonstrated he is willing to be ruthless to get results. But is there a line to which this technique doesn't work?

Juan Mata and David Luiz are two massive players for the club. Mata has the best statistics of any midfielder at Chelsea for the last two seasons yet he's accused of not working back enough.

Eden Hazard has been guilty of this numerous times this season yet he's started almost every game for the Blues. One would hope Mata's career doesn't come to the end at the Bridge just like Mourinho ended Casillas' at the Bernabeu.

With Spurs looking in fantastic form and wanting to avenge what happened last season, I'm going for a 2-1 home win for Spurs.

Head-to-head facts:

- Chelsea's 4-2 victory over Tottenham last season was their first win in seven Premier League visits to White Hart Lane since a 2-0 win in August 2005.

- But Spurs' recent record against the Blues has improved - after failing to win any of their first 28 Premier League clashes with Chelsea, they have only lost five of the last 14 (W3, L5, D6).

- They have scored just 11 Premier League goals between them from 10 games this season.

- Andre Villas-Boas was assistant manager to Jose Mourinho between 2002 and 2009 at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan.

Team news: 

The biggest team news for Chelsea is that Marco van Ginkel is out for at least six months, ruling him out for most of the season. Ramires also picked up an injury in their Capital One Cup win against Swindon and is doubtful. Other then those two injuries, Mourinho has a full squad to pick from.

Spurs on the other hand will welcome back most of their first team against Chelsea, after numerous players were rested against Aston Villa in their 4-0 win. With Danny Rose expected to return from injury, Younes Kaboul is their only injury doubt for the match on Saturday.

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