Chelsea will be looking to reclaim top spot as they take on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in tomorrow’s lunch-time kick off in the Premier League.
Marco Van Ginkel has been ruled out for at least six months after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in Tuesday evening’s League Cup third round victory over Swindon Town, while fellow midfielder Ramires is also doubtful after picking up a knock in the same game.
The Blues are unbeaten in the last seven meetings with Spurs, though four of those games finished all square.
Brazilian duo Oscar and Ramires got the goals for Chelsea when the sides met at Stamford Bridge back in May, while last season’s corresponding fixture finished 4-2 to the visitors, with goals coming from Gary Cahill, Juan Mata (2) and Daniel Sturridge.
Mata will be hoping to retain his place after starting for only the third time of the season midweek.
The Spain international has been named the club’s Player of the Season in at the end of both of his campaigns in England so far, but continues to be linked with a move away.
His former club Valencia are the front-runners to secure his services in January, according to the Daily Star.