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Chelsea's reserve team return to action tonight as they head for a London derby against Tottenham's second string, at Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road.

Israel international Ben Sahar will make his first appearance of the season in a Chelsea shirt, following his loan spell at Queens Park Rangers. He will be leading the line as the side searches for its first goal in around nine hours of football.

Also involved is Scott Sinclair, as Brendan Rodgers looks for increased creativity from his side. Fresh from FA Youth Cup success last Thursday, Miroslav Stoch will be on the opposite flank to Sinclair.

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In addition to Stoch, Youth Cup participants Rhys Taylor, who has also featured on the bench for the first team recently, and Patrick van Aanholt, make the starting 11.

The side has drawn its last two games, both 0-0 against West Ham and Portsmouth, and will be hoping to claim a victory in the first away fixture of 2008.

In the reverse fixture at Brentford back in September, the game ended in a 1-1 draw as Sinclair cancelled out Andy Barcham's opener.

The youth game at the weekend, originally due to be a home game against Ipswich Town, was eventually called off due to the elements, and will be replayed in due course.

Chelsea's line-up tonight will be: Rhys Taylor (GK), Shaun Cummings, Adrian Pettigrew, Carl Magnay, Patrick van Aanholt, Liam Bridcutt ©, Miroslav Stoch, Jimmy Smith, Ben Sahar, Phil Younghusband, Scott Sinclair.

Subs: Stuart Searle (GK), Harry Worley, Anthony Grant, Sergio Tejera, Jacob Mellis

Tottenham feature recent signing from Cardiff Chris Gunter, who made his first team debut in the FA Cup at Reading last week, as well as Portuguese international defender Ricardo Rocha and highly-rated French centre-half Dorian Dervite.

Tottenham: Forecast, Gunter, Hughton, Livermore, Dervite, Rocha, Hutton, Martin, Pekhart, Dawkins, Rose. Subs: Jansson, Riley, Butcher, Hutchins, Townsend.

Chelsea TV will have full coverage of the game live from Brisbane Road on Monday Night Live at 6.30pm.

The show will include all the Blues News with a report from the training ground, post match reactions from our win against Birmingham City and a round up of all the action from the African Cup of Nations so far before showing the scores, as they happen, between Nigeria and the Ivory Coast.

Kick-off is at 7pm, with admission priced at £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. Click here for a map to Brisbane Road. A full match report will appear on Chelseafc.com after the game.

If you would like to see full coverage of the game then visit Chelsea TV for information on how to subscribe, or, for possible online users, visit Chelsea Plus. To subscribe to Chelsea TV on Sky Digital channel 421 call 08700 240 490. Existing Sky customers can subscribe through the Sky Products area on Sky Active via their Sky remote control.

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how good are the spurs esk, i mean would you rate them better than us?

At the moment? Yes - We have gone through a very poor run of results in the reserves this season. Spurs were outstanding in the reserves last season but have not been so good this season.

However we have added a lot of experience in the team for this game Pettigrew, Smith, Younghusband, Sinclair and Sahar will add a lot of strength to the team and hopefully having Sahar back will bring some much needed bite upfront considering our serious lack of goals.

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so we are going to have a tough fight on our hands?

hope santo's arrival makes sahar step up in style... ;)

Like all the reserve games at the moment it will indeed be a tough fight.

Di Santo will more than like not feature for the reserves much if it all so is unliekly to be a direct rival to Sahar. Sahar though needs to spend time in the reserves to steady himself out a bit.

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right, but seeing an 18yr old striker in the firt team will surely fire him up to fight for a place, no?

Well hopefully, but he has a long way to go yet. He has a lot to prove this year, he lost the progression at the end of last season and hasn't recovered his form yet.

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