Arch rivals set to do battle at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham are definitely without Honduran midfielder Wilson Palacios, who is serving the second of a two-match suspension.
Harry Redknapp has confirmed Niko Kranjcar is set to miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.
Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole has fully recovered from a fractured ankle and will be among the substitutes.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti reported no fresh injury concerns following Tuesday’s hard-fought win over Bolton.
Suspended: Palacios (one match) Doubtful: Rose (knee)
Injured: Cudicini (broken wrists), Jenas, Lennon & Woodgate (all groin), Kranjcar (ankle)
Injured: Bosingwa & Essien (both knee), Carvalho (ankle) (BBC Sport)
Tottenham will go into this huge London derby full of confidence after overturning Arsenal in midweek but will come up against an in form table topping Chelsea side who will be hungry to further strengthen their title hopes. Harry Redknapp will be hoping to secure the kind of result that will give them hope in the Champions League race and haven’t lost in the last three Premier League fixtures between these two at White Hart Lane.
The north London side also has a number of top players out whereas Carlo Ancelotti may be able to call upon long term injury victim Ashley Cole. Its a game that always takes place at 100mph. Tottenham’s 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge was a little flattering on Chelsea and with Spurs on a high after beating Arsenal on Wednesday there is a very real chance of something of a surprise victory for the home side.
My Bets of the Day would start with putting a little money on Tottenham to win which you can get very handy odds of 3/1 on. How about 20/1 on Gareth Bale to score first or 11/2 on Frank Lampard to hit the back of the net before anyone else? I think that 17/20 on there being 3 or more goals is a pretty solid bet also.
Now how about some highlights of a battle from the past to get you in the mood!
Tottenham 4-4 Chelsea March 2008