Predicted Chelsea XI to play Tottenham Hotspur

Jose Mourinho has a couple of injury worries ahead of the London derby at Tottenham Hotspur.

Mourinho seems to have stabilised the Blues after a couple of poor results with solid wins against Fulham and Swindon Town following back-to-back defeats in the Premier League and Champions League.

It’s another tough test for the West London outfit this weekend as they travel to the North of the capital, to play Tottenham, one of the Premier League’s early pace setters.

Here’s the side Mourinho could go with.

GK – Petr Cech

Cech was given the night off for the League Cup game at Swindon which means he’ll be fresh and ready to come straight back into the side. Chelsea need reliability from all areas of their side against Spurs, especially from their goalkeeper.

RB – Branislav Ivanovic

Ivanovic will also be fresh and he’ll have to be at his best because Cesar Azpilicueta looked very solid in the game against Swindon. Ivanovic will be useful going forward with his strength and presence vital in defence.

CB – Gary Cahill

Cahill should start in the middle of the defence. He looks fit, he looks hungry and he’s producing some of the best defensive form of his career. He’s quick across the turf and strong in the air.

CB – John Terry

Terry wouldn’t have played against Swindon but he had to come on after an injury to Ramires. He should be fresh enough to start this game and his experience will be crucial against a very talented Tottenham midfield and attack.

LB – Ashley Cole

Cole is efficient at both ends of the pitch. He’ll be tested if he faces up to Andros Townsend down that side of the pitch but he has the pace to match the Spurs winger and the intelligence to cut off the supply to him.

RM – Andre Schurrle

Expect Shurrle to continue in his role down the right. Ivanovic sometimes needs support when he comes forward, which has been lacking but Schurrle is a good enough wide man to give him an option on that side of the pitch.

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CM – John Obi Mikel

Ramires would have more than likely walked into his central midfield position but an injury means John Obi Mikel should continue in a holding role. His confidence will be high following his first Premier League goal against Fulham.

CM – Frank Lampard

Lampard’s experience will be key in a very hostile environment. Expect him to do what he does best; making runs from deep positions, bursting into the penalty area and making it difficult for Spurs to pick him up.

CM – Oscar

Mourinho has made it clear that Oscar is his number ten at the moment so he’ll play at the top of the midfield. Juan Mata played well against Swindon but Oscar will still be the attacking midfielder Mourinho wants to base most of his play around.

LM – Eden Hazard

Hazard will take his natural position over on the left hand side. He links up well with Cole when the left-back gets forward and he’s good enough to move inside and be more effective from a central position.

ST – Fernando Torres

Torres has probably played himself into a starting role because of his performance against Swindon. He looked in top shape and top form during the League Cup win, having that yard of pace which has sometimes been missing from his game.

What do you think? Should Mata start? Should Eto’o get in ahead of Torres?

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