Matic and Alli omitted: Tottenham and Chelsea best combined XI
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham are set to meet Chelsea on Saturday evening as both sides look to compete at the top of the Premier League table.
Spurs are currently the last remaining unbeaten side after 12 fixtures and are placed fifth in the league.
By contrast, Chelsea have won their last six league fixtures without conceding a goal and sit at the top of the table.
With both sides boasting an impressive defensive record alongside fit and firing attackers, who would make a combined team of Tottenham and Chelsea players?
Spurs attackers Chrisitan Eriksen and Dele Alli are the most notable omissions from the side, but given the quality of the midfield it is not an insult.
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Former Barcelona star Pedro and a rejuvenated Eden Hazard take up the wing roles with nine goals and seven assists between them for Antonio Conte’s side this season.
Behind them will see the more defensive minded duo N’Golo Kante and Victor Wanyama and the pair will provide a strong shield ahead of any back four.
It is an all Tottenham defence with Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose.
This has seen Thibaut Courtois, Victor Moses, David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Marcos Alonso fall short, but is justified by Spurs having the best defensive record in the league, with just eight goals conceded in 12 encounters.
The front two of Diego Costa and Harry Kane playing together is particularly mouthwatering. The duo have 16 goals in 23 appearances between them this season and would be considered one of the best strike partnerships in the world.
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