With a host of players, purchased or promoted to first-team action, Chelsea FC can now look at fielding a variety of different midfield formations. Gone are the days when Lampard, Ballack and Essien virtually pencilled their own names into the starting line-up. Now, with a little bit of imagination, common-sense and a dash of adventure thrown in, Chelsea's midfield can morph into a multitude of forms.

As Man United travel to Stamford Bridge, a lot depends on the two men in-charge; Sir Alex has a choice to make - to attack Chelsea from the beginning or to approach the game cautiously. While, Carlo has to think long and hard on his team's formation and personnel. The battle at the Bridge will be fought as much between the ears, as on the pitch.

Carlo Ancelotti is under extreme pressure, with the news of his imminent sacking doing the rounds. We at TheHardTackle, think he has been given time till May to turn the situation around. We look at what he should do for the rest of the season, to get Chelsea back on track.

While the other European Leagues are having a holiday break, EPL provides the real reasons to celebrate the festive period. THT gives the preview of the crucial games.

Chelsea will be the underdogs going into the much-awaited clash at the White Hart Lane on Sunday. Can the Champions resurrect their campaign or will the Bale-inspired Spurs prove to be too hot for the Stamford Bridge club to handle? Read on for the team news, tactical brief, formations, and much more.