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Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard will look to make an impression against Tottenham in their English Premier League gameReuters

The master vs the apprentice. The young and ambitious manager trying to outwit the man he learnt his trade from. And for added spice, the small matter that they do not really like each other anymore.

When Andre Villas-Boas and his Tottenham side welcome Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, there won't be just three points up for grabs, but it will be a chance for either side to get one psychological blow over the other.

Tottenham are currently flying high, in second place only behind league leaders Arsenal on goal difference. Villas-Boas has taken the newly-assembled squad into possible title contenders - that is, if they carry on picking up points like they have done in the first five games of the season.

Mourinho has had an up and down return to life at Chelsea so far, with a couple of losses and the Juan Mata situation creating a little bit of tension at Stamford Bridge.

However, a win, a convincing one at that, at White Hart Lane on Saturday, and business might just start to pick up for the Blues, who are currently two points behind their fellow London club.

Either Chelsea or Tottenham will got top of the league table with a win - in the case of Spurs a draw will take them above Arsenal - at least for a few hours, and Villas-Boas, who will be doubly motivated as he also come up against his former club, wants that team to be his.

"It's important for everybody, I think, we are enjoying our ride at the moment, the start of the season has been excellent," he said.

"It would be good to build on this, particularly in such an important game. Arsenal have a difficult game at Swansea and we'd like to keep ourselves in the top."

Mourinho has insisted this Chelsea side is quite different from the one that won so many trophies during his first stint in 2004-07.

The manager is also determined to see Chelsea change their style of play, something that Roman Abramovich has craved for a long time - part of the reason why he went out so aggressively to try and land Pep Guardiola.

Chelsea will be matched for possession, if not bettered in the Tottenham game, and it will be interesting to see what strategy Mourinho applies under such a situation. If he will go back to the more familiar counter-attacking style or stick to the keep-ball, which has blown hot and cold this season.

Either way, it promises to be a great way to kickstart the Premier League weekend.

Team News: The Mata situation has taken much of the Chelsea column inches this season, with Mourinho clearly stating he prefers Oscar in the No.10 role and does not see the Spaniard, the cub's player of the season in the last two years, as a natural first choice.

The Portuguese, though was impressed with Mata's performance in the Capital One Cup third round win over Swindon and has hinted the Spaniard might be involved at White Hart Lane.

"He has a professional attitude," Mourinho said. "He made a big effort to come in my direction. So now I come to his direction."

David Luiz also is likely to find himself at least in the 17-man squad, while Marco Van Ginkel is definitely ruled out, after the midfielder picked up a potentially season-ending injury. Ramires is a doubt for the game as well after picking up a knock in the Swindon game.

Villas-Boas has a few injury problems as well, with Aaron Lennon definitely out, while Younes Kaboul and Danny Rose are doubts. Nacer Chadli, though, is expected to return.

"Chadli has come back very strong so he's in with a chance, Younes is not yet 100 percent so is in doubt," the Portuguese said. "Danny Rose is a 90% possibility that he will play."

Key men: Tottenham: Christian Eriksen will be Spurs' trump card, with Dane making a splendid start to life as at Tottenham. The former Ajax man has shown he is capable of unlocking any defence, while possessing a wicked shot from distance. The quieter Chelsea can keep Eriksen, the better for them.

Chelsea: Eden Hazard has not quite hit the heights expected of him yet this season, and if the Belgian finds his feet at White Hart Lane, then Tottenham could be in for a long day.

Where to watch

The match is scheduled for a 5.15 p.m. (IST) start with a live telecast on Star Sports 2. You can also catch the match live online by clicking the official link HERE.

Expected lineups: Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Paulinho, Dembele; Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson; Soldado.

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto'o.

Prediction: 1-1

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