Higuain and Willian start: Chelsea 4-3-3 predicted line-up for Spurs

After losing in the final of the League Cup on Sunday evening, Chelsea have another major game to get out of the way with their hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League looking slimmer and slimmer.

The Blues will surely be encouraged by the fact that they took Manchester City all the way to a penalty shoot-out even though many expected them to be thrashed heavily after their 6-0 loss at the Etihad stadium earlier this month.

Chelsea now face Tottenham Hotspur, who are themselves desperate for a good result after succumbing to a surprise 2-1 loss away at Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

Spurs were beaten by Chelsea only a few weeks ago in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final.

For the team news, Dutch midfielder Marco Van Ginkel remains out of contention for the showdown at Stamford Bridge as he is still nursing a serious knee injury that he suffered several months ago.