Chelsea will be aiming to recover from a draw at Southampton against an in-form Spurs side in the late New Years Day kickoff.

 

There are no new problems for Jose Mourinho to contend with as they travel across the capital to face a Spurs side that have only collected seven points from a possible 18 at their White Hart Lane home.

 

John Obi Mikel could keep his place in the side after a solid display against Southampton, meaning Willian could again be reduced to come off the bench. On the other hand Filipe Luis could be dropped after a less convincing display at left-back. Cesar Azpilicueta could replace him. Nathan Ake remains the only absentee from the squad, as he recovers from a long term hamstring problem.

 

The mercurial Eden Hazard will start barring any late injury problems, as will the in form Diego Costa and John Terry. Should he be selected, Nemanja Matic will make his 50th competitive appearance for Chelsea.

 

Mauricio Pochettino likewise has no new problems, as Younes Kaboul remains a doubt with a hip injury. He can however welcome back young Algerian midfielder Nabil Bentaleb into contention as he recovers from illness.

 

Chelsea will take great heart from their recent record against Spurs, having not lost to them in any competition since 2010, where Spurs won 2-1 as a late Frank Lampard goal was not enough for our Blues, with Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale scoring for the home side.

 

Goals have been in abundance between our London rivals, with matches averaging 5.4 goals a game since 2004, and given our last two results – a 3-0 win last month and a 4-0 last season, it would be fair to suggest that most of the goals are coming from those in blue, and it would be wise to bet on the same happening again this time around against a Spurs side that have fell foul to Stoke, Newcastle and West Brom at home.

 

That said, Spurs have been unbeaten in domestic competitions since playing us last month at Stamford Bridge, collecting draws against Crystal Palace and Manchester United, and beating Swansea, Newcastle, Burnley and Leicester, and will be remain hopeful of adding us to the list.

 

But given the free-flowing attacking nature of the Chelsea side heading to the Lane, and Spurs – despite currently being in form – showing that they are hardly impenetrable at home this season, it would be hard to see anything other than an away win in the final game of a hectic festive schedule for the current table toppers.