Should Spurs finish above Chelsea in the Premier League this season?

Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho will come face-to-face on Saturday. Photo: PA

It may surprise you that just three points separated Chelsea, who finished third in the Premier League last season, from fifth placed Spurs.

The Lilywhites host Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime in a London derby with some added spice. For the first time, Andre Villas-Boas comes face-to-face with Jose Mourinho.

If the personal duel between old pals isn't exciting enough, three points for either man will take his team to the Premier League summit - for a few hours, at least.

The Portuguese duo know each other well from a hugely successful period working together at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan.

Villas-Boas formed part of Mourinho's coaching staff until he parted ways to venture into management himself, retracing Mourinho's early steps at Porto and Chelsea.

After failing spectacularly under difficult circumstances at Chelsea, where Villas-Boas admits to making some naive man-management mistakes, the young Portuguese boss has formed a formidable squad at White Hart Lane.

Funded mainly by the world record £86m fee Real Madrid splashed out on Gareth Bale, and the accumulative figure raised from selling a collection of fringe players, Spurs forked out £108m on recruiting new players.

That eye watering sum softened the blow of losing last season's talisman Gareth Bale and has left AVB's squad looking stronger than ever heading into Saturday's showdown.

Looking at how the two sides have recruited, Spurs should have enough strength in depth to finish above Chelsea for only the second time since 1995/96.

Roberto Soldado is the kind of dynamic striker they have been crying out for in recent years, while the aging Samuel Eto'o is unlikely to improve a Chelsea side who've tinkered with forwards since Didier Drogba's departure.

In central midfield, Etienne Capoue looks solid and Paulinho is defying a dramatic change in culture to adjust brilliantly to life in England. Marco van Ginkel, on the other hand, has been ruled out for the entire season through injury.

Christian Eriksen is another new Spurs signing in wonderful form, linking midfield and attack majestically in his first few outings. At Chelsea, £18m man Andre Schurrle is enjoying more of a mediocre start to life in England, while his finishing has been woeful.

And so to the Willian episode, the Brazilian winger who joined Chelsea for £30m after looking destined to become a Spurs player.

Daniel Levy was reportedly furious when Chelsea hijacked his transfer to White Hart Lane. Did Jose Mourinho really want to buy him? Probably not. Did he want Spurs to buy him? Under no circumstances.

So how did Daniel Levy respond? He splashed out £30m on Erik Lamela, an exciting young winger who is more prolific than Willian and at just 21 years-old, he is likely to continue improving.

When Jose Mourinho first travelled to White Hart Lane as a manager in January 2005, his Chelsea team were already 22 points ahead of Spurs in the Premier League table before their comfortable 2-0 victory. The huge gap increased to 43 points by the time Chelsea were crowned Champions.

On Saturday, for the first time in either spell as Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho will stand on the touchline at White Hart Lane casting envious glances at the options available to his new Premier League title rivals.