EPL: Higuain, Kovacic Pick Starting Spots Against Tottenham

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Gonzalo Higuain of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge on February 2, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Chelsea have another major game – after losing in the final of the League Cup on Sunday evening – 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 stretched Manchester City all the way to a penalty shoot-out even though a lot of people 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 thrashed by Chelsea only a few weeks ago in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final.

Dutch midfielder Marco Van Ginkel remains out of contention for the clash at Stamford Bridge as he is still nursing a severe knee injury that he suffered some months ago.

Chelsea XI

Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Higuain, Hazard.

Spurs XI

Tottenham (4-1-3-2): Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Sissoko, Winks, Eriksen, Son; Kane.