Tottenham v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 24th November 2018

Venue: Wembley Stadium

Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

 

 

 

After a break for the Nations League, we’re off to Wembley for today’s late game against Spurs.

There’s not even daylight between us, with them just a point behind and as-ever being bigged up as the latest challengers to City’s title. And whilst we might go into the game on an unbeaten run that’s kept the rats from our door, I think we all know its just a matter of time before the sorri-ball headlines get their airing.

Before the international break we were as clinical as Mother Teresa in a pair of moccasins and gave Everton the draw they’d come to Stamford Bridge for, so even the slightest sign of post-international fatigue will cost us today – and that will hurt.

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says “We’re pushing players to the limit. The line between getting injured or not is so thin. We don’t realise that we’re playing with the health of the players. They’re human. It’s so tough. They are young. They need to enjoy life, too. They need to spend energy with families, kids, girlfriends. And the guys that are not with girlfriends need to go to try to find one.”

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri meanwhile, says “At the moment, in the Premier League there is a team above the others. This team is Manchester City. Then there is a very good team, Liverpool. For sure, they will be in the first four positions. Then there are four or five teams who will have to fight for the Champions League places: Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, [Manchester] United, maybe somebody else. For me, they [Manchester City] are stronger than us at the moment. We have to work, we have to work very hard just to try to recover the gap. But, at the moment, the gap is still there.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Tottenham, Davinson Sanchez, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele are injured. Jan Vertonghen may return.

For Chelsea, Kovacic, Hazard and Loftus-Cheek should all be available.

 

TEAMS

TOTTENHAM (Possible line-up): Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Davies; Sissoko, Dier; Lucas, Dele, Eriksen; Kane

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Giroud, Hazard

 

LAST SEASON

Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea (20th August 2017)

 

CURRENT FORM (PL)

TOTTENHAM: WWWLWW

CHELSEA: DWDWWD

 

OTHER STUFF

  • Tottenham have won three of their past seven Premier League games against Chelsea.  
  • Tottenham are looking to win consecutive league matches against Chelsea for the first time since August 1987.
  • Chelsea have kept 21 Premier League clean sheets against Tottenham.
  • Tottenham have lost four of their seven Premier League matches at Wembley against established top-six opposition.
  • Tottenham have won four successive games in league and cup, and have won in their last six Premier League London derbies.
  • Chelsea have kept clean sheets in four of their five away league games this season.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in 12 league games under Maurizio Sarri.
  • Chelsea have only won one of their last eight league games away to established top-six rivals

  

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea

Sky Sports: Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea

Sportsmole: Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea


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