CHELSEA v Tottenham: Preview

Date: Saturday 26th November, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

This evening’s game sees Chelsea playing host to Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.
As we’ll remember all too well, this fixture gave us something to smile about when we had very little else to celebrate last season. Not that today’s visitors will have forgotten either, as Eden Hazard’s equaliser giving us the draw and Leicester the title when we met in May.
Back to this season though and whilst they’ve followed the voters’ lead with a sharp exit from Europe, Spurs remain unbeaten in the league, ending u run of draws with a hard fought win against West Ham last time out. As for Chelsea, our sixth straight win in last week’s game against Middlesbrough put us at the top of the Premier League pile, although we’re unlikely to still be there going into this fixture so will need all three points for a return.
Hopefully someone will have tipped Conte off about our history with today’s visitors and he’ll want to make it a nice, round 30 games.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into this evening’s game, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says “Saturday will be very tough against a strong opponent. Tottenham have a great manager, talented players, very young, and I think they are improving. We have to pay great attention to them. Tottenham can create great difficulty for any team in this league, and can fight until the end to win the title.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino meanwhile, says “It’s a good challenge for us to go and to play in that moment. They are in very good form, they have a great manager that I know very well and they have great players too. For them, they are not involved in the cups now, they have time for training and to develop their philosophy and I think, not only in England but in Europe, they are a team on form today.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Chelsea, John Terry (muscular) misses out and Mikel is also reported to be injured but Willian may be available again.
For Tottenham, Erik Lamela and Ben Davies are injured and Toby Alderweireld won’t be ready for today’s game, whilst Danny Rose misses out through suspension.

TEAMS
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Hazard, Pedro, Costa
TOTTENHAM (Possible line-up): Lloris; Walker, Wimmer, Dier, Vertonghen; Wanyama, Dembele; Son, Alli, Eriksen; Kane

LAST SEASON
Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham (2nd May 2016)

RECENT FORM
CHELSEA: WWWWW
TOTTENHAM: DDDDW

OTHER STUFF
~ Chelsea are unbeaten in 26 league meetings at home to Spurs
~ Chelsea have gone 29 games without defeat in all competitions in this fixture.
~ Chelsea have won six Premier League games in a row without conceding a goal
~ Chelsea have earned 15 points from their six home games this season
~ Chelsea have scored 18 goals and conceded three in the previous six league games at home.
~ Tottenham are still unbeaten in the Premier League this season
~ Since the start of last season, Spurs have picked up 20 points in London derbies in the Premier League – more than any other side.
~ Tottenham haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since February 1990.

PREDICTION
BBC Sport: Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham
Soccerlens: Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham
Sky Sports: Chelsea 3-1 Tottenham

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