Andre Villas-Boas

Tottenham Hotspur welcome Chelsea to White Hart Lane for yet another edition of the London derby, with both sides looking to extend their domestic winning streak after the international break.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 12:45 pm BST. Live coverage will be available on Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports HD 2 and Sky Sports 3D.


Spurs never lack motivation to win a game but they have their own reasons to triumph in this tie. The north London side, who finished fourth last season, lost their Champions League spot to sixth-placed Chelsea after Roberto Di Matteo's side won the competition by beating Bayern Munich in the final on the Bavarians' home turf.

This fixture has been building plenty of hype for weeks as Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is set to come up against his former employers for the first time since being sacked by the Blues. The Portuguese tactician, who was appointed as manager of Chelsea in a lucrative deal last summer, was shown the door after just nine months in charge, courtesy a poor run of results and also due to his unpopularity among the club's players.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham are on a nine-game unbeaten run, having not lost since the season opener away at Newcastle United. The club have won their last five domestic games in a row and are now fifth in the table, only a point behind second-placed Manchester United.

Chelsea, on the other hand, had a fantastic start to their season, winning six out of seven league games played. Di Matteo's men are on top of the table, with 19 points - four ahead of the Manchester clubs.

Immediate history favours Tottenham in this fixture as Chelsea have not won at White Hart Lane in their last six visits, losing thrice. However, those three losses were the only defeats the Blues suffered at the hands of their London rivals in the last 40 top-flight meetings between them.

Team Form

Tottenham Hotspur

    • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W D W W D
    • Last Result: Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 0 Aston Villa


    • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W W
    • Last Result: Chelsea 4 - 1 Norwich City

Team News

Tottenham Hotspur: Scott Parker and Younes Kaboul remain long-term absentees for Villas-Boas' side, while this clash has come a little too soon for Benoit Assou-Ekotto to make his return from a knee injury. However, Spurs are set to welcome Jake Livermore and Kyle Naughton as both youngsters are expected to clear late fitness tests.

Chelsea: John Terry will start the first of his four-match suspension, after the FA found the Blues skipper guilty of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand in a league fixture last year. Elsewhere, Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand remain doubtful, after missing both of England's World Cup qualifiers with injury and illness issues. Meanwhile, there has not been any update on the status of Daniel Sturridge, who has been struggling with a hamstring injury since the start of the season.

Possible Starting Line-ups

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen; Sandro, Dembele; Lennon, Dempsey, Bale; Defoe

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole; Mikel, Ramires; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres