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Chelsea v Tottenham: Combined XI

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Premier League leaders Chelsea welcome London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to Stamford Bridge this evening (Saturday), with both sides searching for an important victory as the season reaches its crunch time. 

With an array of stars on both sides, GMS contributor Alex Brown has put together a combined starting XI of talent from both sets of squads, with those inform players who could have a huge bearing on the outcome of the match. 

How many of these would make your team? 

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

Both sides have outstanding goalkeepers at their disposal, but I've sided with Tottenham's Hugo Lloris over Petr Cech of Chelsea. A fantastic shot-stopper, and quick off his line to sweep up through balls, the French number one could be set for a busy evening given Chelsea's attacking strength 

Right-back: Branislav Ivanovic

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is included at right-back after another impressive season with the Blues. Solid at the back, and with the ability to pop up with vital goals when attacking, the Serb is one of the leagues top defenders. 

Centre-back: John Terry 

Despite his age, John Terry is enjoying one of his finest seasons at the Bridge, forming a tremendous partnership with Gary Cahill at the heart of the Chelsea back four. His experience enables him to consistently find himself in the right position, and he also knows his way to goal. Terry scored the equaliser when the sides met back in September in the 1-1 draw. 

Centre-back: Jan Vertonghen

Despite the Terry-Cahill Partnership, I've decided to even it up at centre-back with the addition of Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen. The Belgian international has excelled during his time at Tottenham, and will no doubt be the centre of much transfer speculation this summer. Not only can he defend, his ability on the ball makes him vital to Tim Sherwood's plans. 

Left-back: Cesar Azpilicueta

Someone who often goes under the radar, Azpilicueta's performances have kept Ashley Cole out the side, underlining just how well he is playing. His inclusion in the latest Spanish squad, coupled with the confidence Jose Mourinho has in him, the left-back could well be on his way to Brazil this summer. 

Centre-midfield: Paulinho

A Brazilian feel at the heart of midfield sees Spurs star Paulinho included. A strong figure in the centre of the pitch, Paulinho is comfortable in possession and chips in with his fair share of goals for both club and country. 

Centre-midfield: Ramires 

Paulinho's international team-mate Ramires makes up the other half of the holiding midfield duo, providing plenty of energy in the middle of the park. A willing runner, Ramires ability to get around the pitch and win the ball providing vital defensive cover for the back four. 

Right-forward: Eden Hazard 

Arguably the Premier League's most inform player, and Chelsea's star man, Eden Hazard is getting better and better each week. Scoring goals and assisting plenty more, Hazard could well prove the difference in what could be a tight game at Stamford Bridge. 

Left-forward: Christian Eriksen

Tottenham picked up a bargain when completing the signing of Danish star Christian Eriksen in the summer, who looks to be every bit a Champions League player. Quality on the ball, Eriksen's delivery from crosses and set pieces gives him the edge, and his ability to link up with Emmanuel Adebayor could prove vital to the result. 

Centre forward: Oscar

Praised for his work-rate off the ball, another Brazilian Oscar is employed in the team as the key playmaker. His ability to strike from outside the box, coupled with his composure and creativity mean he has become an important part of Mourinho's team. 

Striker: Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor is one of the Premier League's inform players, and so his inclusion was an easy decision. Rejuvenated since Tim Sherwood's appointment, Adebayor is paying back the faith shown in him by the new Spurs boss, and will hope to be on target once again this evening. No doubt Chelsea would love an inform striker like Adebayor. 

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