Chelsea v Tottenham: Predicted XIs

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With the international friendlies now behind us, there is somewhat of a dual focus in English football this weekend, with the matches in the Premier League and FA Cup taking place over the course of the next couple of days.

While the likes of Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool will battle it out for a place in the semi-finals of the world's oldest cup competition, in the league the most keenly-anticipated clash comes in West London as Chelsea welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Stamford Bridge for a Saturday evening kick-off.

Chelsea, who currently top the Premier League and lead closest challengers Liverpool by four points, were rather insipid for the most part in their derby win over Fulham last weekend but had the brilliance of Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle to thank for eventually securing a 3-1 win for visitors at Craven Cottage.

Tottenham, meanwhile, also come into this off the back of a victory having seen off the challenge of Cardiff City in a drab 1-0 affair at White Hart Lane.

Manager and notable gilet-enthusiast Tim Sherwood appears to be having a little trouble winning over some supporters, many of whom don't seem to believe he has the abilities necessary to stay in the role beyond the end of the current campaign.

Given Tottenham's frankly appalling record against tomorrow's opponents, a win for Sherwood at Chelsea should do wonders for his fragile reputation, you would have thought.

In terms of team news ahead of this one, Chelsea will be without Ashley Cole who has suffered a medial ligament injury expected to keep him out of action for up to 10 days and David Luiz is nursing a groin problem.

Belgian star Eden Hazard is expected to be fit for Jose Mourinho's side after recovering from an ankle knock, while Tottenham are likely to be without the quintet of Erik Lamela, Etienne Capoue, Danny Rose, Christian Eriksen and Vlad Chiriches but could have Kyle Walker, Younes Kaboul and Zeki Fryers back in the fold.

Chelsea v Tottenham predicted lineups:


Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Ivanovic; Matic, Ramires; Oscar, Schurrle, Hazard; Torres.


Lloris; Naughton, Vertonghen, Dawson, Walker; Dembele, Sandro; Paulinho, Lennon, Townsend; Adebayor.

What do you think, Chelsea and Tottenham fans? Disagree? Leave your own predicted lineups below...

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