This week our attention turn to one of the fiercest of fixtures – the London derby. All eyes will be on Chelsea and whether they can continue to stay at the top of the Premier League. With Spurs, hungry for revenge over last season’s miseries, this clash is poised to be a vital one.
So far, this season, there have been numerous teams to take top spot. None have stayed at the top spot long enough to boost their prospects of winning the league. Chelsea head into the game on the back of six continuous wins and clean sheets. Although, their opposition are the only unbeaten team in the Premier League; Chelsea are considered the favourites.
Last season, this fixture was home to a spectacular performance. Leicester were reliant on Chelsea to win or draw to hand them an early entitlement to the Premier League trophy. However, a goal from Kane and Son before halftime ensured Spurs had a fighting chance. But, it was Chelsea who ended the game with a smile as goals from Cahill and Hazard guaranteed Leicester the title. This thrilling encounter was also known as ‘The battle at the Bridge’.
At the moment, Spurs are not far off from the top. Positioned just four points behind Chelsea, Spurs would want to put behind last season’s disappointment with a win. Mentality could also play a part, as a midweek exile from the Champions’ League group stage doesn’t help their preparation for this fixture. Conversely, with no defeats this season, Tottenham have always found a way around their problems.
Head to Head
- Chelsea have won the 2, drawn 2 and lost 1 against Spurs in the last 5 PL games
- Spurs have only kept 1 clean sheet against Chelsea in the last 5 PL encounters
- Spurs have not beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the PL
- Kane has scored in each of his last four PL games
- Spurs have won more points (20) than any other side in London derbies since last season
Chelsea have a near enough fully fit squad, with suspensions to worry them. The only absentees are John Terry and Mikel. The blues are also assumed to name an unchanged eleven, as the success from this group of players is already becoming evident. However, they will have one eye on the discipline of Diego Costa as he his one yellow card away from a one-match ban. The potential fixture Costa could miss is against Manchester City, so he is not expected to play the full ninety minutes.
Tottenham are expected to name a few changes. With Danny Rose suspended and Alderweireld injured, Spurs manager Pochettino will have no option but to reshuffle his back line. Kevin Wimmer could potentially play, which could result in a change of formation, as shown against Arsenal. Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen are poised to start, after being surprisingly rested against a crucial encounter with Monaco.
Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Pedro, Hazard, Costa
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Wimmer, Vertonghen, Walker, Dier, Wanyama, Dembele, Son, Alli, Eriksen, Kane
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