Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea Glenn Hoddle has a great belief in spiritual matters, believing that faith can have an impact on performance. These principles will certainly be put to the test when Chelsea visit White Hart Lane on Tuesday night.
The Blues certainly have the Indian sign over their London rivals, having won eight of the last nine encounters with the Lilywhites and not suffering defeat at the hands of Spurs for 23 matches in all competitions.
In fact, the last time Spurs managed a victory was in 1990 and they have to go back a further three years to August 1987 for their last win at White Hart Lane over the west Londoners - the season after Glenn Hoddle left Tottenham for Monaco.
Of course, Hoddle was manager at Chelsea for three seasons between 1993 and 1996 and he contributed to this long unbeaten run. However, Hoddle the manager had the worst record of any Blues gaffer against Spurs during this period of success. He was in charge of Chelsea for six matches and they won only one, drawing the other five.
Hoddle's Spurs were outclassed by Arsenal at Old Trafford in the FA Cup semi-final, but recovered well last week to beat bottom club Bradford City, despite a host of injury problems.
Chelsea, though, are unlikely to be as accommodating as the Bantams and will be hoping for their customary three points from this fixture to keep them in touch with the teams challenging for European spots.
While a top-three finish and Champions League football next season appears unlikely, a UEFA Cup place by finishing in the top six is up for grabs as long as the Blues can keep up their recent good away form. After failing to win on the road all season, Chelsea have posted victories in their last two away games at West Ham and Derby, without conceding a goal. They will be confident of making it a hat-trick given the history of this fixture.
Chelsea's strength has been their ability to retain possession and to use it well in creating and finishing chances. Claudio Ranieri's side have the third-best passing and crossing accuracies and have put away the second-best ratio of chances in the top flight. Only Manchester United have managed to be more efficient and more clinical than the Blues.
Tottenham on the other hand are decidedly mid-table in virtually every category, reflecting their position in the league table. Glenn Hoddle has suggested that qualifying for Europe is not beyond Spurs' reach, but with Sol Campbell out for the rest of the season among many other injuries, the former England boss would have to perform a miracle to achieve this goal.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will be looking to add to his tally of goals in his attempt to win the Golden Boot. He has only scored four away from home this season in the Premiership though and Spurs will hope this lack of punch on his travels will mean the Dutchman is unable to bag the first goal of the game at odds 9/2.
Spurs will be looking to Sergei Rebrov (6/1 first scorer) if they are to have any chance of victory. The Ukrainian has struggled to settle in this season, but has shown glimpses of his undoubted talent. He has also done well against London opposition, including a goal in the north London derby before Christmas and a brace against West Ham in the FA Cup quarter-final.
With both clubs having disappointing seasons, the disruption of managerial changes and the success of Arsenal biting deep into the fans' psyche, the result of this fixture will at least provide some bragging rights as the two teams look to put this campaign behind them and move on to the next in the hope that things can only get better.