Tottenham v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Sunday 20th August, 2017
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Kick-off: 16:00 BST

I’m not sure who wrote the script for our opening game of the season but the critics have fallen over themselves to give their two-pence worth for the last week.
Conte’s not supported by the board, Conte’s the villain, Costa’s treated like a criminal, the title’s already gone to United, Willian’s not trusted….whatever angle there might, or might not be, we’ve read them all – and more – and at the end of the onslaught, Antonio Conte laughed his arse off.
Not that he was laughing last week though, and rightly so, because whatever the impact of yet another inept Premier League ref, we could and should have managed to see off Burnley. As a result of not doing so however, we go into today’s game right up against it. Not only have we got the press’ other favourite title contenders, but we will be going there without 2 more first team players after last week’s red cards.
We’ve been well and truly written off for this one, so Harry Kane will be rubbing his little co hands at the thought of breaking his August hoodoo and Spurs will undoubtedly be intent on exorcising their Wembley curse in the first Premier League game at Wembley.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s game Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says, “If we are not able to win it is not because of Wembley, it is because of us. It is the most exciting place to play football. It is where football is born. For me, in Argentina and Spain, Wembley was a big dream and now [we have] a possibility to play there every two weeks, or maybe every week, or maybe three times in one week. A problem? Oh, come on, I love Wembley. Wembley is not the problem. We need to make Wembley our home. Okay it was difficult to move from White Hart Lane to Wembley [last season] and it was a perfect excuse for everyone. Now it’s not an excuse.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte meanwhile, says “I think they [Tottenham] are doing a great job this year. Mauricio Pochettino is doing a great job. He has built a great base, a foundation for his club. We must do the same. We do not have these bases. I have great respect for Tottenham. They are challenging for the title.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Spurs, Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou all miss out through injury and Kieran Trippier (ankle) gets a late fitness test.
For Chelsea, this game is too soon for Eden Hazard, Pedro remains a doubt but there’s an outside chance Tiemoue Bakayoko could make the bench. Alvaro Morata should start but Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas are both suspended.

TEAMS
SPURS (Possible line-up): Lloris, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Dier, Walker-Peters, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies, Eriksen, Alli, Kane.
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Moses, Luiz, Kante, Alonso, Willian, Batshuayi, Morata.

LAST SEASON
Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea (January 4th 2017)

RECENT FORM (PL)
SPURS: W
CHELSEA: L

OTHER STUFF
~ Chelsea have lost two of their last 17 league and cup games against Tottenham
~ Tottenham ended last season unbeaten at home in the league
~ Spurs could set a club record of 15 consecutive home league wins today.
~ Spurs are unbeaten in 13 Premier League London derbies at home under Mauricio Pochettino,
~ Since beating us in the 2008 League Cup final, Spurs have won just one of nine games at Wembley
~ Kane has 18 goals in his last 21 top-flight matches against London clubs.
~ Kane has failed to score in any of his 11 Premier League appearances in August
~ The last time Chelsea lost both of their opening two league games was in 1973
~ Seven of Antonio Conte’s eight defeats as Chelsea boss have come in London.

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

2 Responses to “Tottenham v CHELSEA: Preview”

  1. Tottenham 1 very 2 chelseafc

  2. Truly our squad is small presently which means we don’t have chance of winning today’s match with Tottenham but I still believe in the spirit of my blue club if we eventually loose today it doesn’t mean we can not still retain our champion