Chelsea will be hoping to start their New Year with a win against Tottenham HotspurReuters

Chelsea travel to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham Hotspur in their first fixture of the New Year as they look to maintain their top position in the Premier League.

The Blues nearly lost their three point cushion over defending English Champions Manchester City after their 1-1 draw at Southampton in their last fixture.

But luckily for the West London side, the Citizens also dropped two points against Burnley despite them initially leading 2-0.

However, those games are now history and Chelsea will be hoping to start the New Year with a win against their London rivals.

Considering the Blues have already registered a 3-0 victory over the Spurs at Stamford Bridge, they should be pretty confident going into this game.

However, Chelsea's away form hasn't been that great of late as they have dropped points three of their last four away games, drawing against Sunderland and Southampton and losing to Newcastle United.

Still Mourinho despite admitting that had some "very difficult fixtures away from home" feels that his side have been doing well, and will continue to do so in the second half of the season.

"We had very difficult fixtures away from home," Mourinho told ESPN. "We lost one game that we didn't deserve to lose (at Newcastle). We are doing well."

"We are top of the league at the end of the first round because we deserve it and because it is a consequence of what we did."

"Chelsea is playing very well since the beginning of the season. That's the only thing we work at, the only thing we concentrate on. And, in the second part of the season, we are going to try to do exactly the same thing."

Meanwhile, Tottenham will also be hoping to do well in this fixture though they were easily beaten by the Blues in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge.

The Spurs will be al little confident after holding the in-form Manchester United side in a goalless draw, but Chelsea are a totally different opponent.

Although Tottenham are the underdogs in this fixture, manager Mauricio Pochettino insists that his side will be going for the kill on Thursday.

"We need to try to change things. Maybe this is a moment to do so. We need to fight. For the fans it is very important to win and we need to do our jobs. Chelsea is a very good team but it would be great for the fans if we got the three points."

Where to Watch Live

The match is scheduled for a 5:30pm GMT (11pm IST, 12:30pm ET) start with Live coverage in India on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD 2. The EPL match can also be watched via live streaming online by viewers in India on

Live coverage on TV in the UK will be on BT Sport 1, while viewers can also live stream the action on Bt Sports Online Player. Watch the game live in the US on NBCSN, while the 90 minutes of action can also be live streamed online on NBC Sports Extra. Australia viewers can watch the game on Fox Sports 1 or live stream the action on Fox Sports On Demand.

Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the match on Bein Sports Arabia or via Live Streaming online courtesy Bein Sports Connect, while South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa viewers can do the same on SuperSport or SuperSport online.

 Possible starting lineups:

Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies; Mason, Bentaleb, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli; Kane

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa