Diego Costa suspended for Tottenham's visit to Chelsea

Tottenham face one of their toughest games of the season on Wednesday when they face Chelsea, but will come up against a weakened Chelsea side.

Fresh from their crucial win over Everton on Sunday, Spurs fans could be forgiven for looking with trepidation towards their next Premier League on Wednesday evening.

Tottenham face undefeated league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and will be seeking to win their first match away to the Blues in some years.

Much has been made of Chelsea striker Diego Costa's goalscoring statistics this season, with the Brazilian born Spaniard boasting an impressive 11 goals and in his first 10 games.

But as well as collecting goals in the English top flight, the former Atletico forwards has also been collecting cautions, something that Blues boss Jose Mourinho has at times deemed unfair.

Costa collected his fifth booking of the season during the 0-0 draw with Sunderland, after a tussle with former Manchester United defender Wes Brown.

It means the 26-year-old will sit out the London derby with a resurgent Spurs side, a game that is sure to be another test of Chelsea's title credentials.

Mauricio Pochettino's men beat Everton 2-1 at White Hart Lane on Sunday, and employed a high pressing game as well as they have done in any of their other fixtures.

The Argentine will be mindful that Spurs put in a solid first half performance in last season's match between the two sides at Stamford Bridge, coming in at 0-0 only to concede four times in the last 35 minutes.

What is certain though, is that Pochettino and his defenders will be delighted to miss out on facing Chelsea's in-form attacker, with Didier Drogba, a player that has caused them problems in the past, or Loic Remy set to deputise.

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