Match points: Tottenham v Chelsea

Harry Kane.
Harry Kane.TEXT: RICHARD JOLLY PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, ACTION IMAGES, REUTERS, EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Gary Cahill.
Gary Cahill.TEXT: RICHARD JOLLY PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, ACTION IMAGES, REUTERS, EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

 Key battles

Harry Kane v Gary Cahill

Kane, who has returned to form with seven goals in his last four league games, ran Cahill ragged when scoring twice in a 5-3 win in January. Indeed, Jose Mourinho may have planned to bench the Englishman tomorrow. Yet, with John Terry hurt in a 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv, Cahill, who scored on Tuesday night, may be plunged back into the fray.


Danny Rose v Willian

Rose should be one of Spurs' few fresh players. He encounters Chelsea's best this season. Willian could be used as a No. 10 but is likely to start on the right. Rose and his defensive colleagues will have to be on their best behaviour. The Brazilian has already scored six direct free kicks this season so they cannot afford to foul Chelsea too often.


Toby Alderweireld v Diego Costa

Mourinho complained in Israel when Costa was not even getting into the penalty box to attack crosses. It is a reason why he has mustered a mere four goals in 17 games this season. Unlike Belgian centre-back Alderweireld, who found the net when Spurs beat West Ham 4-1 last week, the Spaniard has not scored against quality opposition so far.



TEXT: RICHARD JOLLY PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, ACTION IMAGES, REUTERS, EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 28, 2015, with the headline 'Match points: Tottenham v Chelsea Key battles'. Print Edition | Subscribe