Still sore from the disappointment of their premature and half-hearted exit from the Champions League in Monaco on Tuesday night, Spurs head to on fire London rivals Chelsea for their third league London derby in a row in what promises to be a competitive, feisty clash if last season’s fixture is anything to go by. Coupled with the charisma of Pochettino and Conte, this could be a cracker.
Tale of the Tape:
Following their defeat to Arsenal on the 24th of September, Chelsea have played six league games. Six games. Six wins. Seventeen goals scored. Zero goals conceded. So I make Spurs strong favourites for this one. All jokes aside, the blues are in scintillating form and are looking like the team to beat in the Premier League this season.
Dismal Champions League campaign to one side for a moment, Spurs have showed some signs of revival. A last gasp win against West Ham was enough to keep Tottenham four points behind the league leaders, Chelsea. As much as the Champions League exit may seem like the end of the world, we must remember we’re only four points behind the pace setters and there are another 78 points up for grabs.
Last time out Chelsea ended Tottenham’s dreams of their first league title since 1961, despite Spurs being 2-0 up at half time, Chelsea fought back and Eden Hazard’s late strike was enough to get the point for the Blues, and clinch Leicester the title. *shudders* Spurs haven’t won at the bridge for 26 years, and this year seems as unlikely as any. But we must not forget what an amazing side we are on our day.
Spurs are still without Toby Alderweireld, Ben Davies and Erik Lamela, Danny Rose is suspended too. Moussa Sissoko returns from suspension and is eligible.
Chelsea are without John Obi Mikel, Kurt Zouma, Marco Van Ginkel, and John Terry. Diego Costa will look to thrive in the derby atmosphere.
Predicted Chelsea XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Matic, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard.
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris; Walker, Dier, Wimmer, Vertonghen; Wanyama; Dembele, Alli; Eriksen, Son; Kane.
Prediction: Chelsea 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur