Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to play Chelsea

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Tottenham Hotspur go into this weekend’s London derby looking for three points, which will help them stay at the top of the Premier League.

Andre Villas-Boas has a couple of selection dilemmas ahead of the match after several players put in solid performances during the 4-0 win away at Aston Villa in the League Cup.

Spurs will have to be at their very best to get the better of Chelsea at White Hart Lane but they stand a great chance of winning the match, especially with such a talented midfield and attack.

Here is the side AVB may go with.

GK – Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman has enjoyed a decent start to the season and the main aim for him will be proving consistency over the long campaign. His ability to make saves from any position inside his penalty area is world class.

RB – Kyle Walker

Walker is definitely one of the best right-backs in the division. His pace getting forward and tracking back enables him to put in good shifts down that side of the pitch. Defensively his game appears to have come on a lot this season.

CB – Michael Dawson

The Tottenham captain should take his place in the heart of the defence. He offers presence and strength in the back four, which will be key in keeping the defence organised when Chelsea have possession.

CB – Jan Vertonghen

With Danny rose injured, the temptation for AVB would have been to switch the Belgian to left-back. However, he’s so far resisted and Vertonghen looks world class at times in his partnership with Dawson.

LB – Kyle Naughton

Naughton had a tough job against Cardiff City, asked to play out of position against a team with talented and attacking wide men. Similarly to Walker, he has good pace which allows him to be effective at both ends of the pitch.

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RM – Andros Townsend

Townsend is as quick as anyone else in the Tottenham side. He still looks a little raw as a winger but his threat coming inside onto his left foot is very obvious. He’ll be key if Spurs have to counter attack at any period.

CM – Paulinho

Expect to see Paulinho continue in his central midfield role. He’ll play the holding job, controlling the pace of the play and building momentum from the back of the side after Chelsea attacks break down.

CM – Christian Eriksen

Eriksen will play the playmaker role in the side. He’s taken to life in the Premier League like a duck to water and has the ability to feed other attack players, creating chances in seconds.

CM – Moussa Dembele

Dembele only played for half an hour in the League Cup win at Villa, which means he should be fresh for the visit of Chelsea. He adds strength to the middle of Tottenham’s side, a player who can get stuck in and be aggressive.

LM – Gylfi Sigurdsson

Sigurdsson is playing extremely well at the moment and his confidence will be sky high after his success this season. He can play a wide role or he can push up and play narrowly in behind the main striker.

ST – Roberto Soldado

It will be tempting for AVB to go with Jermain Defoe for this game but Soldado should retain his place. He was an unused sub against Aston Villa so he should be fresh and keen to add to his goal tally.

What do you think? Should Defoe be starting?

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