The London rivalry will once again spark enthusiasm among football fans around the globe as Chelsea and Tottenham set to lock horns against each other this Saturday. Both teams will try to claim bragging rights by winning this weekend’s gigantic clash.
In this season’s Premier League, not only Chelsea is outshining Tottenham, the Blues are also above every other team on the table with 28 points. Their six-match unbeaten streak, without conceding a single goal, has credited them with a top spot in the Premier League.
Tottenham, despite being the only team to remain unbeaten in this year’s EPL, lags behind their rivals Chelsea by four points at this point.
Harry Kane’s two stunning late goals clinched all three points for the Spurs last weekend. However, they remain in fifth place of the league table going into this game.
The Blues snatched every hope of Tottenham winning the Premier League title last year when they held the Spurs 2-2 at the Stamford Bridge. This year, too, Chelsea will try to beat their rivals, who have recently crashed out of the Champions League group stage.
Team News: Chelsea
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Everything seems perfect for Chelsea at the moment as most of the injured players are returning from the treatment table.
Defender Kurt Zouma has already resumed training after suffering through six months of ankle injury treatment.
Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas has not been Antonio Conte’s first-choice midfielder this season, but his return to the squad will provide vital strength for Chelsea.
Branislav Ivanovich came on as a substitute in the last match against Middlesbrough. He is also fit to deliver if called by the manager.
Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 formation has brought mind-boggling success for the Stamford Bridge outfit since the game against Arsenal. His side looks well settled, both offensively and defensively.
As football agrees with the rule “Don’t change anything till it’s broken,” it is highly unlikely that manager Antonio Conte will change his winning combination. Chelsea is expected to play the same team that has appeared in their recent matches.
Chelsea: Predicted Line-up (3-4-3)
Courtois – Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta – Matic, Kante, Moses, Alonso – Pedro, Hazard, Costa
Team News: Tottenham
The return of Harry Kane from injury proved to be a major boost for the Spurs as they won the thrilling encounter against West Ham 3-2 on Saturday night. Kane, who tops the scoring chart for Tottenham, will lead the attack against their London rivals, Chelsea.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela will miss the game due to their knee and hip injuries, respectively.
Youngster Deli Alli came on as a substitute in the match against West Ham and put on an incredible performance. His addition to the team will fortify Tottenham’s attack.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 24, 2016
Left-back Danny Rose was unfortunate to receive a yellow card in the win against West Ham, and he will miss the trip to the Stamford Bridge due to suspension.
Tottenham: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Lloris – Wimmer, Vertoghen, Dier, Walker- Wanyama, Dembele – Eriksen, Alli, Winks – Kane
Chelsea vs. Tottenham: Head-to-Head
Total games: 137
Chelsea wins: 58
Tottenham wins: 44
Chelsea vs. Tottenham: TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.S., the match will be live on NBC Sports Live and SiriusXM FC. In the U.K., the game will be broadcast on BT Sport 4K UHD, BT Sport Live Streaming, and BT Sport 1. For other regions, TV schedule can be found at the link here.
Chelsea vs. Tottenham: Prediction
Chelsea looks invincible at the moment as their consecutive win record stretches to six games in the Premier League. No team has been able to break their defensive wall for the last six matches. The Blues seem to enjoy their football a lot under new manager Antonio Conte, who has brought the winning mentality to the club again after last season’s debacle.
Tottenham were eliminated from the Champions League group stage when they lost to AS Monaco on Tuesday. Mauricio Pochettino’s side seems to lack the winning intent this season. Although they are unbeaten in this Premier League campaign, they haven’t been able to convert the draws into wins. This derby is very crucial for the Spurs if they want to keep challenging for the title this season.
Needless to say, the match will be very competitive. However, the Blues possess one extra quality than their counterparts, which should clinch them a victory.
Final Predicted Score: Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham
Chelsea vs. Tottenham: Betting Tips and Odds
- Chelsea win: 8/11
- A draw: 11/4
- Tottenham win: 4/1
- Under 2.5 goals: evens
- Over 2.5 goals: 8/11
- Both teams score: 4/6
- Both teams fail to score: 11/10
The odds were provided by Paddypower.
Key Stats to consider
- Chelsea is unbeaten in 20 home games against Tottenham in all competitions.
- The Blues have kept a clean sheet in their last six Premier League matches.
- Tottenham is the only team to remain undefeated in this year’s EPL.
- Out of 12 matches played so far, Tottenham has won six.
- Tottenham has only won one game in their last six games against Chelsea.
The Chelsea vs. Tottenham stats were provided by Soccerway.
Chelsea vs. Tottenham: Watch Live Stream Online Free
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