By FOX SPORTS staff
The game's result could have a heavy bearing on third and fourth placing in the Premier League, hence deciding which of the London sides in the upper echelons of the table make the cut for a lucrative spot in the Champions League.
Chelsea go into the game as slight favourites after their late win over Manchester United - while Spurs will continue to pin their hopes on Gareth Bale, the man who has thus far propelled their challenge for a top four place.
Arsenal will be keenly watching the match as well, given that the result in this one is bound to have a significant bearing on their own Champions League fortunes for next season.
Predicted starting XIs:
Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cole, Ivanovic, Luiz, Mikel, Lampard, Oscar, Hazard, Mata, Ba
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Assou-Ekotto, Dawson, Vertonghen, Dembele, Huddlestone, Holtby, Dempsey, Bale, Defoe
The Chelsea defence vs Gareth Bale
Regardless of whether one agrees to the notion of Tottenham being a one-man team, there can be no disputing that Bale has rescued his side on numerous occasions throughout the season. His two week injury layoff seemingly had no impact on his form and he will be keen to continue scoring, especially against a team standing directly in the way of Spurs' Champions League hopes.
The Blues' defence has improved by leaps and bounds under Rafa Benitez, but anything less than a perfect display over 90 minutes will cost them three points in front of their fans. Given Bale's penchant of bombing down the left flank, Cesar Azpilicueta will be doing most of the leg work, though central defenders David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic must also be alert to the Welshman's deadly ability to cut in and shoot.
Juan Mata vs Tom Huddlestone
Although he may have lost out on the PFA Player of the Year nod to Bale, Mata is equally important to Chelsea's chances of finishing in the top 4. Team-mates Eden Hazard and Oscar have had their spells of inconsistency, but the Spaniard has picked up the slack with brilliant attacking displays throughout the season.
A rare run of first-team appearances over the last few weeks has seen Huddlestone's stock rise. The Englishman has managed to fill the void created by an out-of-form Scott Parker, but he will be truly tested by the movement and dribbling of the mercurial Mata in this one.
Demba Ba vs Michael Dawson
Tottenham skipper Dawson managed to come out of the game against Manchester City's star forwards relatively unscathed, so he will look to carry out a similar performance against Ba. However, the former Nottingham Forest player must also be wary of the service coming into the danger area from Chelsea's array of attacking midfielders.
With the Blues linked to a whole list of forwards in the summer, time is fast running out for Ba to make his case as Chelsea starting frontman. The 27-year old possess commendable off-the-ball movement and will be hoping for his team-mates to pick him out in dangerous positions during this one.