London derby time at White Hart Lane as top of the table Chelsea take on Tottenham
Venue White Hart Lane, Saturday 12.45pm
Tickets Sold out
Last season Tottenham 1 Chelsea 1
Referee Mike Dean
This season’s matches 5 Y10, R0, 2.00 cards per game
Odds Tottenham 8-5 Chelsea 7-4 Draw 9-4
CaughtOffside predicted line-up:
Subs from Cudicini, Friedel, Gomes, Huddlestone, Adebayor, Naughton, Smith, Dawson, Sigurdsson, Falqué, Livermore
Doubtful Livermore (groin), Naughton (ankle)
Injured Assou-Ekotto (knee, 3 Nov), Kaboul (knee, Dec), Parker (achilles, Dec)
Form guide WWWWDD
Disciplinary record Y6 R1
Leading scorer Defoe 4
CaughtOffside predicted line-up:
Subs from Hilário, Turnbull, Sturridge, Ramires, Moses, Malouda, Azpilicueta, Ferreira, Piazón, Marin, Bertrand, Romeu
Doubtful Bertrand (illness), Lampard (calf)
Suspended Terry (first of four)
Form guide WWWDWW
Disciplinary record Y10 R0
Leading scorer Torres 4
Chelsea have failed to win in their last six Premier League visits to White Hart Lane since a 2-0 victory in August 2005 with goals from Asier Del Horno and Damien Duff.
Victory for Tottenham would be their 50th over Chelsea in all competitions. Chelsea have 61 wins.
Tottenham have won only three of their 40 Premier League meetings with Chelsea since 1992-93
Tottenham are unbeaten in nine matches in all competitions (W5, D4) since the opening-day defeat at Newcastle. They could register five successive league victories for the first time in 2012.
Only in 2009-10 have Spurs had more points (15) after seven games of a Premier League campaign than they have this season.
The north London side have lost just two of their last 22 league matches at White Hart Lane (W15, D5, L2).
They are unbeaten in their last 20 Premier League home matches against fellow London opposition since a 3-1 defeat by Arsenal in September 2007.
Andre Villas-Boas celebrated his 35th birthday three days before this game. He was in charge of Chelsea for 256 days, winning 20 of his 40 league and cup matches with the club.
According to Opta, Gareth Bale has had a league-high 12 shots on target this season.
Chelsea’s tally of 19 points out of a possible 21 represents their best start to a season since 2005-06, when they registered 10 wins and a draw in their opening 11 matches.
Defeat by Tottenham would leave them with an identical record to the same stage last season when managed by Andre Villas-Boas (W6, D1, L1).
Chelsea are the only team in the Premier League yet to concede a goal in the second half.
They have the best defensive record in the division, conceding only four goals so far and keeping four clean sheets.
Fernando Torres has now scored 11 league goals in 53 games for Chelsea – it took him just 19 games to reach that mark for Liverpool.
If fit, Frank Lampard could make his 500th Premier League start, while Ramires is one shy of 100 appearances for Chelsea.
CaughtOffside Prediction: Blood and thunder derby to include more yellow cards than goals. We punt for a 1-1 draw with perhaps a red card or two thrown in for good measure.
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