The festive season’s Premier League action comes to an exciting close on Wednesday night as Tottenham Hotspur face London rivals Chelsea at White Hart Lane.
Both teams go into the game in good form and there is reason for optimism in the Spurs ranks, despite the Blues topping the table.
Signs in the away wins over Southampton and Watford were there that Mauricio Pochettino’s outfit are getting back to close to their best, with both Dele Alli and Harry Kane getting among the goals.
However, one of the most interesting pre-game sub-plots is what system the Tottenham trainer will field against Chelsea.
Pochettino has been mixing it up between a three-man defence and his usual 4-2-3-1, with a potential chance he will stick to the bespoke 3-5-2 system on Wednesday due to the availability of Jan Vertonghen after suspension.
But, before facing Antonio Conte’s men, Spurs would be wise to look at Everton’s approach to playing the league leaders at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.
Ronald Koeman sent his side out with a three-man defence to replicate Chelsea’s system – and saw the Toffees duly destroyed 5-0.
Tottenham meanwhile dominated large portions of their first encounter against Conte’s side this season and played a back four in that game.
Although there are arguments to state that Spurs should continue the 3-5-2 experiment on Wednesday given its potency over the last week, it could also be there undoing as Chelsea have mastered the formation in recent months.