Chelsea predicted XI to face Tottenham Hotspur

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has a delicate balancing act on his hands when picking his starting XI to face Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow at White Hart Lane, with dropped points for the second away game in succession an unthinkable proposition.

The Blues dominated possession against Southampton on Sunday, but failed to turn that territory into clear-cut chances and had just a single shot on goal in the second half of an underwhelming 1-1 draw.

Mourinho will shift things in search of creative impetus against Spurs, which should surely mean a return to the starting XI for Brazilian maestro Oscar.

Expect two key changes

Chelsea used Cesc Fabregas in a more conventional number 10 role at St Mary's, with Nemanja Matic and Jon Obi Mikel providing more solidity in-behind.

Expect Fabregas to be back alongside Matic for Chelsea's first London derby of 2015, with Oscar back in for Mikel and pushed into the advanced role which he enjoys after being rested completely against Saints.

Filipe Luis back on the bench

Elsewhere Andre Schurrle looks likely to be replaced by Willian after failing to take his chance to impress on the South Coast, hooked off by Mourinho after just 45 minutes.

Willian, Oscar and Eden Hazard will give Chelsea's attacking midfield options a familiar feel, behind Diego Costa as long as Mourinho feels the Brazilian-born born forward can handle the workload of a third match inside seven days.

Mourinho will have one more major change in mind, with Cesar Azpilicueta primed to return ahead of Filipe Luis at the Lane. Luis also failed to impress in a rare Premier League start last weekend, which like Schurrle or Mikel means he'll be dropped to the bench by a manager with no room for sentiment.

Chelsea predicted XI to face Spurs: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic, Matic, Fabregas, Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Diego Costa

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