How Chelsea and Tottenham should line-up with Kepa Arrizabalaga returning for the Blues and Lucas Moura

Chelsea and Tottenham are set to clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as the race for the top four heats up.

You can listen to the match exclusively live on talkSPORT with kick-off at 12.30pm and is one of the games of the weekend.

Chelsea are at risk of dropping out of the top four

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Chelsea are at risk of dropping out of the top four

Spurs will move above the Blues if they can win and it would be the first time Frank Lampard’s side have dropped out of the Premier League’s top four since October.

Chelsea have several players unavailable through injury to give Frank Lampard a few selection headaches.

N’Golo Kante limped off early during their defeat to Manchester United due to a groin injury and will be unavailable to face Tottenham.

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Christian Pulisic has been stepping up his recovery by training with the Under-23s but is unlikely to be ready for Saturday’s game.

Likewise with Callum Hudson-Odoi who is recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in training.

Here is how the Blues should line-up with the players expected to be available.

How Chelsea should line-up against Tottenham

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How Chelsea should line-up against Tottenham

Tammy Abraham missed their defeat to United due to an ankle injury but is expected to be fit for the Spurs game.

Michy Batshuayi led the line in his absence and Chelsea really missed their main striker.

He has 13 Premier League goals this season and, if he is able to, he must play.

Willian and Pedro can be played either side of the striker and are the best options at Lampard’s disposal with Pulisic and Hudson-Odoi struggling with injuries.

There is a case for playing Mason Mount further forward but with Kante out it makes sense to use him in the midfield three alongside Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho.

N’Golo Kante limped off against Manchester United

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N’Golo Kante limped off against Manchester United

Andreas Christensen was taken off at half-time against Manchester United due to a suspected broken nose.

He has declared himself fit, though, after flying to Milan to get a specialist mask fitted and the pairing of Christensen and Antonio Rudiger has continued to flourish.

Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta are unquestionably Chelsea’s best full-backs and should start.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has been dropped for the last two games by Lampard with Willy Caballero starting in his place.

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Jose Mourinho has his own selection headaches ahead of the Chelsea game with Heung-Min Son added to their growing injury list.

Harry Kane is already out with a hamstring problem and Son broke his arm and is set for a significant period on the sidelines.

Erik Lamela and Tanguy Ndombele are also working their way back to full fitness and started from the bench against RB Leipzig, while Juan Foyth is also an absentee through injury along with Moussa Sissoko.

Here is how Spurs should line-up to face Chelsea:

How Tottenham should line-up against Chelsea

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How Tottenham should line-up against Chelsea

With little or no alternatives, Lucas Moura simply has to start as the main striker for Tottenham.

If Mourinho were to play a 4-2-3-1 formation then it would give him more support and mean the forwards could work together as a four to try and break down Chelsea.

The three behind Moura virtually pick themselves and have been vital in Spurs’ recent run of good form.

Steven Bergwijn has been impressive since his January move while Giovani Lo Celso has shown why the north London club quickly made his loan move permanent.

Dele Alli has been key for Tottenham under Jose Mourinho

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Dele Alli has been key for Tottenham under Jose Mourinho

Dele Alli’s good form has coincided with Spurs’ surge up the table to challenge for the Champions League places.

Ndombele should start if he is ready alongside Harry Winks in midfield.

Japhet Tanganga deserves an extended run in the side and has shown great versatility since rising to the first-team. He can play on the left while Serge Aurier fills in on the right.

At this moment in time, Spurs’ best centre-back pairing is Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld.


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