These two sides top the form table for 2016, so as we enter the new year both sides will want to continue their excellent form into 2017.
Last season saw a huge gulf between these two sides, as Chelsea recorded the worst title defence in Premier League history, and Spurs ended the season in 3rd, their highest Premier league finish.
As we enter the second half of this season, however, Chelsea have had a change of manager and fortune and currently top the league, only one win away from a club record of 14 in a row.
Tottenham sit in 5th place, ten points behind the league leaders. They will look to cut that margin to seven points to keep any title hopes live.
The two sides meet this week, as Spurs set to upset the Blues run of good form. The sides met two years ago in a goal-fest which ended 5-3 to the Lilywhites.
It is worth taking a look at what a combined XI could look like, and see who makes and misses the cut.
- With inconsistencies in the Tottenham defence this season through injury, Hugo Lloris has been a constant. The Frenchman has proven time and time again that his saves win games.
The Englishman has made the left-back position his own, both domestically and on the international stage. He is one of the best in the league in his position.
Tottenham have bettered even their defensive record at this stage last season, and Jan has stepped up and been pivotal in Alderweirelds absence, as the leader.
Everyone is waiting for Luiz to be at the centre of something calamitous, and yet Chelsea are on a run of 10 clean sheets in 13 games. The Brazilian is proving the punters wrong thus far.
Kyle has been key in Pochettino moving to a back 3 on occasion, with his pace he gets involved in goals and provides width. He has formed an excellent partnership with Rose on the other flank, with both being hailed as the best full-back pair in the league.
Arguably the player of 2016, his absence in the midlands has shown Leicester City up. He has helped Chelsea plug the gaps that were so clear last season, and his underrated role is one of the main reasons why Chelsea sit top.
Victor has made the step up and cemented his place firmly in the heart of Tottenham’s midfield. He has added much-needed depth in the holding midfield position, to help Dier and Dembele.
The Belgian has been linked away from the Bridge and has a lot to prove after last seasons shocker. This season though he’s pulled his finger out and helped his team with 9 goals.
The Dane has been at his best over the Christmas period and been influential in Tottenhams recent spike in form. He had some of the best form in terms of goal contributions in 2016.
Dele earned plenty of praise after last season’s performances. He has been involved in 26 goals in his first 50 Premier League appearances before notching twice again on New Year’s day. He is only two goals away from hitting double figures for the second season running.
- Costa has hit the ground running this season and is
the league’s top goalscorer.
Harry Kane though is nipping at the Spaniard’s heels, but last seasons golden boot winner has missed a chunk of this season through injury.
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