Saturday, September 28, 2013

Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea

Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho will face each other for the first time on Saturday when Tottenham Hotspur play Chelsea at White Hart Lane.

Villas-Boas, who was a coach under Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, has led his Spurs side to eight wins from nine matches in all competitions this season.

They warmed up for this weekend's match by securing a comfortable 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in the third round of the League Cup on Tuesday evening.

Chelsea also earned a cup victory in midweek when they beat Swindon Town 2-0 at the County Ground.

Villas-Boas is expected to bring Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Christian Eriksen back into the fray after the trio were among eight players rested for the match against Villa.

Danny Rose, Aaron Lennon and Younes Kaboul could miss out as they continue to recover from injuries.

Juan Mata featured for Chelsea against Swindon and Mourinho may be tempted to start the Spain international against Spurs. Samuel Eto'o is expected to retain his place in attack.

Recent form

Spurs: WWLWW

Chelsea: WWDLW

Possible starting lineups

Spurs: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton; Dembele, Paulinho; Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson; Soldado

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Mikel; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Eto'o

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