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Tottenham team news: Defender join important trio as unavailable vs Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur travel across London to face Premier League rivals Cheslsa on Saturday afternoon, in what promises to be a mouth-watering encounter.

The game will pit the fourth-placed Blues against the fifth-placed Spurs, with the outcome of the game set to have a major impact in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

An added piece of drama comes in the form of new Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho returning to the club he managed on two occasions.

Spurs have three big injury casualties heading into the clash, wit Son-Heung min, Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko still to have considerable periods on the sidelines.

Tottenham defender Juan Foyth is also set to miss the game, according to BBC Sport. 

The absence of Sours attackers Kane and Son means that Lucas Moura and new signing Steven Bergwijn will need to be at their best against Frank Lampard’s side.

Tottenham enter the game in better form than their opponents.

The Lilywhites have won their last three consecutive league games; Chelsea by contrast have recorded victory just one out of their previous five domestic fixtures.

The Blues are also coming into the London derby against Tottenham on the back of a 2-0 defeat against Manchester United.

A win for Mourinho’s Spurs outfit would take them above Chelsea and into the top four, with the hosts one point ahead of their rivals currently.

However, Tottenham do not have a good record against Chelsea away, with the Blues losing just one out of their last 33 home games against Spurs in all competitions, dating back to 1990.

The Lilywhites also do not have an impressive Premier League record against Chelsea as they have beaten them just seven times in 55 games.

Tottenham were outplayed and beaten 2-0 by Chelsea in the reverse fixture in December and Mourinho will be looking for an improved performance this time round.

While Spurs lack firepower currently, defensive solidarity and competitiveness in midfield will be essential for them to record points on Saturday.

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