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Michael Mancienne will be up against Roman Pavlyuchenko in tonight's reserve clash against Tottenham Hostpur. The defender, who recently impressed with first team performances against Watford and Wigan, will take up his centre-back role while Pavlyuchenko, bought by Spurs for around £14 million in the summer, will lead Tottenham's attack.

Spurs' reserves include five players with plenty of first team experience, with David Bentley, Pascal Chimbonda, Gareth Bale, Tom Huddlestone all joining Pavlyuchenko, who was today called up to the Russian squad by Guus Hiddink, in the starting line-up.

Bentley, another of Tottenham's summer signings, bought for around £15 million, is expected to start in his side's midfield alongside Huddlestone. Both players have only scored twice for Tottenham's first team during the 2008/09 campaign.

Jeffrey Bruma returns to Chelsea reserve action following a month out with an ankle injury suffered while on international duty, after playing 45 minutes for the youth team on Friday evening, while goalkeeper Rhys Taylor, who has been out with concussion, also returns to the fold.

Midfielder Conor Clifford finds himself on the bench following several impressive performances for the youth team. If he makes an appearance, it will be the first year's reserve debut.

Elsewhere, Brazilian Mineiro will start in midfield, alongside Jacob Mellis, who scored in the second string's last three outings against Aston Villa, Stoke City and Portsmouth.

Overall there are seven changes to the previous reserve side, which faced Aston Villa in a 4-3 defeat, a margin of defeat that mirrored the previous outing against Stoke, following the empathic 6-0 win over Portsmouth exactly one month ago.

This will be the first time these two teams will face one another this season, after the originally-planned January fixture was postponed due to a frozen pitch. It begins a week of Chelsea versus Spurs encounters as the youth team also face our London rivals on Saturday before the first team travel to White Hart Lane.

Tonight's team will be:

1. Rhys Taylor

2. Nana Ofori-Twumasi

3. Jeffrey Bruma

4. Michael Mancienne

5. Patrick van Aanholt

6. Mineiro

7. Jacob Mellis

8. Liam Bridcutt (Capt)

9. Franco Di Santo

10. Fabio Borini

11. Miroslav Stoch

Substitutions: Nick Heimann, Frank Nouble, Daniel Philliskirk, Nikki Ahamed, Conor Clifford.

Tottenham's reserve side is as follows:

1. Ben Alnwick

2. Pascal Chimbonda

3. Gareth Bale

4. Tom Huddlestone

5. Ricardo Rocha

6. Gilberto

7. David Bentley

8. Danny Rose

9. Roman Pavlyuchenko

10. Fraizer Campbell

11. Andros Townsend

Substitutions: Jamie Butler, Adam Smith, Jake Livermore, John Bostock, Jonathan Obika.

The game kicks off at 7pm at Leyton Orient's home ground, the Matchroom Stadium on Brisbane Road, click here for directions.

Anyone not attending the game can watch full, live coverage of the fixture unfold with Chelsea TV on Monday Night Live from 6.30pm.

As well as the game, which will have full commentary from former Blue Clive Walker, Monday Night Live includes all the latest Chelsea news.

There's post-match reaction following our 1-0 win over Manchester City as Ricardo Carvalho and Ashley Cole join Guus Hiddink in talking exclusively to Chelsea TV about the game before former Chelsea man Wayne Bridge looks back on his return to Stamford Bridge.

Jason Cundy then analyses the fixture, looking specifically at Michael Essien's fantastic return to first team football, and his second goal in two games for the Blues, before expertly reviewing the reserves' fixture.

Tottenham reserves currently preside seventh in the Barclays Premier Reserve League South, with 10 points from seven games, while Chelsea sit fifth with thirteen points from eleven games.

Source: Chelsea FC

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2 Excellant sides being put out tonight. This one should be a cracker. Mancienne, Minerio, Stoch and Di Santo our our big names for this clash. But for Spurs to Field, Pavlyuchenko, Huddlestone, Bently and Bale it will make it very hard for us even though we have put out a very strong and balanced team.

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I am looking forward to seeing Mancienne and Bruma playing together tonight. With Hutchinson or Magnay at right back that would have been a top defence. Nana for me is a little suspect and prone to regular errors. Di Santo, Stoch and Borini have enough talent to cause them problems, Borini is becoming more impressive all the time, he is a real work-horse up front and doesn't stop running.

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Chelsea reserves succumbed to an experienced Tottenham side on Monday evening despite controlling possession away from home. The hosts scored two goals in each half including a double from Frasier Campbell who found the net at both end as the young Chelsea side lacked consistency. Spurs, who included several regulars from the first team, were able to seal the 4-0 victory with counter-attacking football.

David Bentley, Tom Huddlestone, Gareth Bale, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Pascal Chimbonda all found themselves named in Tottenham's reserve line-up. Reserve manager Paul Clement made seven changes to the Chelsea side that lined-up against Aston Villa in the previous game.

Michael Mancienne took up a role in central defence with fellow first-teamers Franco Di Santo (pictured) and Miroslav Stoch also included in the starting line-up. Fabio Borini joined them to complete the attacking three.

Liam Bridcutt once again captained the side, but this time from midfield, while Jeffrey Bruma returned to the defensive line-up following a month on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

Goalkeeper Rhys Taylor was back between the posts after a bout of concussion while Jacob Mellis and Mineiro sat in the midfield.

Pascal Chimbonda put the hosts ahead with six minutes gone. A set-piece saw Gareth Bale half-volley a ball over the Chelsea defence for Chimbonda to smash a volley into Taylor's net from 10 yards out.

Before 10 minutes had past, Pavlyuchenko and Campbell both came close to increasing Spurs' lead as the hosts continuously flooded the Chelsea area.

There were flashes of Chelsea's talent as Miniero smashed a shot toward Ben Alnwick between the Spurs posts, once Stoch had broken down the left to release the Brazilian on the edge of the box.

Jacob Mellis was cut down by Danny Rose with 20 minutes played and the Tottenham man was shown a yellow card for his efforts.

As the half-hour mark approached, Chelsea were beginning to get into the game with clever passing out-witting the experienced Tottenham side.

Stoch was proving troublesome down the left and almost created a Chelsea equaliser after sending a low cross toward the far post for Mellis to tap in, but Alnwick was on hand to smother the dangerous ball.

Unfortunately, it was Tottenham who would find the net next as against the run of play, Campbell collected a well-placed Pavlyuchenko through-ball, breaking into the box and splitting the Chelsea defence before tapping over an oncoming Taylor to make it two.

As the first half drew to a close, Chelsea continued to control possession with the ball mostly inside the Tottenham half.

The possession cumulated in Chelsea's two best chances of the half. First Fabio Borini broke down the right and forced Alnwick to deflect a shot into the side netting for a Chelsea corner.

Then from that corner, Mancienne smashed an over-head scissor kick toward the bottom left, but the ball was once again deflected for a corner by Alnwick.

With the first half over, Chelsea had been the victims of giving Tottenham too much space to play. The second half began with several comfortable saves for Taylor, denying Pavlyuchenko and David Bentley while Mancienne deflected a couple of crosses out for corners.

With the hour mark approaching, Bridcutt limped off the pitch to be replaced by Daniel Philliskirk before Stoch smashed a 25-yard free-kick towardd the top right corner, only for Alnwick to tip over.

It was soon 3-0 as Huddlestone placed a 20-yard fre-kick into the bottom right, bending his low shot around the wall and out of Taylor's view with 63 minutes played.

Seconds later Miniero gave away another free-kick 20 yards out, for which he was shown a yellow card after cutting Campbell to the ground. Huddlestone then smashed a shot through the wall and into Taylor's arms.

With 15 minutes left on the clock, Chelsea conceded a penalty when Mancienne handballed inside the box. Pavlyuchenko stepped up to convert the spot kick but instead sent the ball careering over the bar without troubling Taylor.

The referee blew for another penalty when Philliskirk clipped the heals of Campbell, tripping the Tottenham man inside the Chelsea area with three minutes to go. Campbell then converted with ease, sending Taylor the wrong way before tapping into the bottom left to make it 4-0.

The scoreline wasn't a fair representation of Chelsea's efforts, as the Blues continued to battle throughout. The well-practised Tottenham side were just too strong for the Blues to compete against.

'We were second best tonight, but I was disappointed with the manner in which we lost,' said Clement, speaking exclusively to Chelsea TV.

'Many of the younger players thought we had lost when they saw the team sheet, which was disappointing. We were stretched, we were always on the limit, we didn't get our set pieces organised. Overall it was a disappointing evening, but credit to Tottenham. Hopefully some of our players may have learnt from this tonight,' he added.

Chelsea (4-3-3): Rhys Taylor; Nana Ofori-Twumsai (Nikki Ahamed 89), Jeffrey Bruma, Michael Mancienne, Patrick van Aanholt; Miniero, Jacob Mellis, Liam Bridcutt © (Daniel Philliskirk 57); Franco Di Santo, Fabio Borini (Frank Nouble 61), Miroslav Stoch.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2): Ben Alnwick; Pascal Chimbonda, Gareth Bale, Rocha, Gilberto; David Bentley (Jonathan Obika 60), Tom Huddlestone, Danny Rose (Jake Livermore 60), Andros Townsend; Frasier Campbell, Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Source: Chelsea FC

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It was a shame that the game we have put out the best reserve team we have for a while that Spurs decide to put out a first team!!! Chimbonda, Rocha, Bale, Huddlestone, Gilberto, Bently, Campbell, Pavlyuchenko!!!!

Our forwards couldn't get the ball. The defence did well even though they conceeded 4 goals. We was let down by our midfield of Miniero, Bridcutt and Mellis. Miniero and Bridcutt were poor, Miniero especially who gave the ball away constantly and gave away fouls around our box.

I think had we put that team out against any other reserve team we would have won and put on a decent display. But when you are up against well over £50m worth of talent you are going to find it tough. It was a good lesson for our young boys though, some did themselves justice and others looked way out of their depth.

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