Saturday, December 11, 2010

English Premier League Round 17 - Tottenham vs Chelsea - Preview

Aside from Arsenal vs Manchester United, Tottenham vs Chelsea proves to be the biggest clash of the Premier League for this week. Both teams sit towards the top of the table, however the form of both the teams vary. Tottenham have been very good this Premier League season as the they push for a Champions League spot next year. Along with that they are one of the four Premier League squads to have qualified for the Round of 16 in Europe. Another one of those squads is Chelsea, athough recently form has escaped Chelsea, to the extent that they lost to Marseille in their final group match of the Champions League. The match was a dead rubber, but nevertheless Carlo Ancelotti would've preferred to go into the match with a victory under the belt.

Chelsea Team News: Alex is still out after his knee surgery he just recently had, he will not be back until January. Frank Lampard may not feature, as Carlo Ancelotti hinted that he needed more match practice before returning to the frist team. Bosingwa is out through an injury he sustained to his hamstring. Nicholas Anelka and Ashley Cole will make their returns to the first team as they were rested during the Chmpions League match midweek.

Tottenham Team News: The biggest injury concern for Tottenham is of course Rafael van der Vart, the dutch international has been instrumental in many of Tottenham's wins so far this season. Luca Modric is back from injury which will ensure that van der Vart isn't too missed. Jenas and Kaboul may not play, but there is always a chance with football these days.

Tottenham will have home advantage but Chelsea will be hungry for points, this is a game not to be missed.

Match Prediction - Tottenham 2 - Chelsea 2

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