How Tottenham must line up when they face Chelsea on Sunday
Tottenham Hotspur will look to cement their top-four spot in the Premier League and increase the gap between them and fifth-place Chelsea when they face the Blues at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Four straight top flight wins have launched the north London outfit into the Champions League qualification spots, with a 4-1 win against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium previously coming despite the fact that they fell 1-0 behind and lost star man Harry Kane to injury in the first half.
The success kept them in fourth position and five points above their opponents this weekend, and they will be hoping to stretch that advantage to eight points with a win in west London, and they will be determined to do so given how they were knocked out Europe’s elite club competition at the last 16 stage by Juventus last month.
Tottenham’s form on the road is certainly one of the reasons why they find themselves where they are – only runaway leaders Manchester City have accrued more than their total of 27 points on their travels this season.
However, the odds are against them when it comes to picking up three points against Antonio Conte’s men when you consider that the last time they won at Stamford Bridge in a league match was in 1990 – two years before the inauguration of the Premier League – while they have only taken one point from a possible 12 on their last four top flight visits there.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino stuck with his trusted 4-2-3-1 system in the 3-0 win against Swansea City in the FA Cup last time out but chose to rest a number of players, and he will be thinking about making more alterations to his XI for this derby in the capital.
Here is how Tottenham must line up against Chelsea, ahead of Hugo Lloris in goal…