After Tottenham's battling draw against Arsenal and Middlesbrough's great win over Chelsea, both sides should be up for this one.
If there was ever a reason for the Spurs fans to get out of the torturous hell that is Christmas shopping in London, it was the chance to watch their team beat one of the sides at the foot of the table - but it will be a lot harder than many think.
Despite the fact that Spurs have a great home record, their stats are not that different to Bryan Robson's strugglers. Both sides have scored with 13% of their shots and Boro have only conceded one more goal than Tottenham have, with Robson's side shipping 28 goals this term.
Both teams have won 70% of their tackles, while the home side can only boast a pass completion rate of just two percentage points better than Boro. Possession then, could be as tight as the squashed shoppers on the infernal Underground.
Boro might be the away side, but so far this season they have hit the target with 52% of their efforts away from home - the third best in the Premiership. Meanwhile, George Graham's team hit the target with just 43% of their shots.
The Tottenham manager recently said he would need £50m to spend on players if he were to take the team to third place. Robson has spent over £78m on Middlesbrough and they're floundering in 19th place - a sign that you can't just spend you way to success.
With Terry Venables entrusted to save Middlesbrough from relegation, a result at White Hart Lane would not only keep the revival moving in the right direction, it would also be a huge confidence booster and looking at the stats a result here is not out of the question.
Tottenham won't want to lose their good home record to a side that are one off the bottom of the table. With former Spurs manager Venables returning to his old haunt, something entertaining and exciting could be in store - which is more than could be said for those who opted to brave the Christmas shopping.