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Hot Spurs out to spank Chelsea again

Tottenham in-form England striker, Harry Kane, celebrates a goal. PHOTO/File
Tottenham in-form England striker, Harry Kane, celebrates a goal. PHOTO/File

LONDON, November 28- Tottenham will be looking for more of the same when they welcome Chelsea to White Hart Lane on Sunday in a London derby.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side equalled a club record when they beat neighbours West Ham 4-1 last weekend, extending their unbeaten run in the Premiership to 12 games since losing to Manchester United on the opening day.

That impressive run of form has taken Spurs up to fifth place in the standings, just two points adrift of arch-rivals Arsenal, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot.

The Blues, meanwhile, halted a worrying three-match losing streak with their 1-0 victory over Norwich last time out – just their fourth win of the top-flight campaign.

But the defending league champions are still a mammoth 14 points off the pace set by Leicester at the summit, with Jose Mourinho’s men languishing down in 15th position.

In team news, the hosts are forced to do without Dele Alli through suspension after the midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against the Hammers.

Alli joins Erik Lamela (groin), Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli and Alex Pritchard (all ankle) on the sidelines, but Pochettino can recall Kyle Walker, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose after the trio were rested for Thursday’s Europa League clash Qarabag in Azerbaijan.

John Terry (ankle) and Ramires (muscular) are injury doubts for the visitors. Defender Terry was forced off in the Champions League victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday, while midfielder Ramires slipped during training prior to the match in Israel, which saw him miss out.

Cesc Fabregas is expected to return from a toe problem, but Radamel Falcao and Thibaut Courtois are not quite ready to return yet.