Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Preview and TV schedule

Jamie McDonald

Chelsea can open up a seven point gap this weekend at the top of the Premier League with a win over Spurs.

Chelsea will have a chance to put some space between themselves and their rivals in the title race either inactive or busy with the FA Cup. A win by the Blues over their London rivals Spurs would leave Jose Mourinho's side seven points clear of Liverpool and Arsenal.

Chelsea won their last league match over Fulham 3-1 and have not lost a league game since December 7th against Stoke City. Than fine run of form has allowed Mourinho to lead his team to the top spot in the league, ahead of schedule according to the Portuguese boss.

Things haven't been bad for Spurs since Tim Sherwood took over but they haven't been great either. Despite their inconsistent results, Tottenham remains alive in the race for fourth place, four points behind Manchester City for the final Champions League spot.

The teams played to a 1-1 draw in their first meeting of the season at White Hart Lane.

Chelsea injuries and suspensions

Out: Marco van Ginkel (knee). In Doubt: Eden Hazard (ankle).

Tottenham injuries and suspensions

Out: Danny Rose (knee), Vlad Chiriches (back), Erik Lamela (back). In Doubt: Christian Eriksen (back), Kyle Walker (thigh).

Marco van Ginkel remains out with a knee injury but he has returned to training. Eden Hazard is expected to play despite picking up an ankle injury on international duty, though Jose Mourinho could decide to rest him to be safe. Both Christian Eriksen and Kyle Walker are doubtful for Spurs, though both remain in contention if they can get healthy. Danny Rose remains sidelined with a knee problem.

Projected lineups

Chelsea: Petr Cech, Bransilav Ivanović, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ramires, Nemanja Matić, Andre Schürrle, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Samuel Eto'o

Tottenham: Hugo Lloris, Kyle Naughton, Michael Dawson, Jan Vertonghen, Ezekiel Fryers, Sandro, Moussa Dembélé, Andres Townsend, Aaron Lennon, Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor.

Match Date/Time: 5:30 p.m. local, 12:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, England

TV: NBC Sports Network, mun2 (U.S.), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), Sportsnet (Canada)

Online: NBC Live Extra (U.S.)

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