Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI To Face Chelsea On New Year’s Day: Nabil Bentaleb To Return After Illness Absence

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Kyle Walker also expected to return.

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Tottenham Hotspur host Chelsea in the Premier League on Thursday evening.

Spurs have not beaten the Blues in the last 10 matches between these London rivals.

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino saw his side lose 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in December, but the former Southampton boss will be hopeful of getting a better result at White Hart Lane.

Here’s the team we expect Pochettino to select against the league leaders:

GK: Hugo Lloris

Lloris has been Tottenham’s player of the season so far. His one bad game came against Chelsea, but there is no way Pochettino would consider dropping the Frenchman.

RB: Kyle Walker

Walker was rested against Manchester United on Sunday to make sure that he would be fit to face Chelsea.

LB: Danny Rose

Pochettino seems to enjoy rotating his left-backs – both of whom have been steady but not spectacular this season. Ben Davies played against United, so Rose should feature in this one.

CBs: Feberico Fazio and Jen Vertonghen

Fazio and Vertonghen have partnered each other in Tottenham’s last five games – Spurs have conceded just three goals in those matches.

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