Tottenham vs Chelsea match preview
On Sunday the 19th of September Chelsea are set to make the journey across the capital to take on a Tottenham side under the guidance of recently named new manager Nuno Espirito Santo after his departure from Wolves.
Chelsea go to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium off the back of a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge in midweek over the Russian side Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League courtesy of a Romelu Lukaku header in the 69th minute.
Lukaku has started his second stint at Chelsea in what some would call perfect fashion, scoring a 4 goals already. Despite the game on Tuesday against Zenit being only 1-0 Chelsea dominated from the start to finish having 67% possession of the ball and having a total of 11 shots on goal but only managing a total of 2 on target.
The hosts (Tottenham Hotspur) welcome the blue side of the city coming off the back of a 3-0 defeat in another London derby in their previous Premier League game, against Crystal Palace which saw Palace score 3 goals from the 76th minute onwards.
The first goal came from the spot when Wilfred Zaha slotted the ball in the back of the net shortly after the Palace fans then saw their new £18m signing Odsonne Edouard make an appearance off the bench scoring 2 goals within a 10 minute period to seal the game and ensure that Palace took all 3 points and to end Tottenham’s surprisingly good start the season.
The loss wasn’t the only negative that Tottenham suffered in the game they also saw Japhet Tanganga see red, due to seeing 2 yellow cards after getting put through a tough game up against Wilfred Zaha for the whole 58 minutes he lasted on the pitch.
Chelsea will travel to Tottenham with a sense of arrogance due to their well improved defensive record since the arrival of new coach Thomas Tuchel, managing a brilliant 23 clean sheets since club legend Frank Lampard departed the club paving the way for Tuchel with a new idea of how to play the game and a different formation.
Tuchels arrival has seen the formation change to 523 with 2 of the 5 being high flying wing backs, often being Reece James on the right and Marco Alonso on the left.
Despite the well improved defensive unit Chelsea have also improved in the offensive aspect of the game bringing in Romelu Lukaku for a 98 million price tag.
Lukaku brings the know-how of how to score goals and also offers Chelsea a focal point to play off and this was evident in his first game back in the blue of Chelsea against Tottenham’s rivals Arsenal which saw him bully the Arsenal defense on numerous occasions leading to Chelsea being able to create chances due to the hold-up play of Lukaku, his style of play is much different to what Chelsea have had in the attacking options in previous seasons gone by, some Chelsea fans are comparing Romelu Lukaku’s style of play to the one of Diddier Drogba who scored 157 goals for the club.
Spurs will also have a sense of confidence that they can do the business against Chelsea in front of their home fans and will hope Harry Kane is able to kick start his season despite his much-speculated departure to Manchester City that never happened.
Tottenham will believe if they are able to create the chances and get the right service to and around Kane he will cause the Chelsea defence a few problems and give them something to think about. Kane has managed a total of 6 goals for Spurs against this weekend’s opposition over the years averaging at 1 goal every 2 games against the blues.
You wouldn’t back against Kane turning up and reminding not only the Tottenham fans but the whole of the Premier League what he has to offer and the ability he possesses in front of goal. Who will win the battle of the star men? Kane or Lukaku?
For the game on Sunday both managers will have to select the team which they feel has the best chance of getting all 3 points.
For Tuchel he will be without the American Christian Pulisic due to picking up an ankle injury on international duty with the USA. Despite the absence of Pulisic Tuchels selection options will be boosted by the return of much likeable N’golo Kante after he missed the Champions League game against Zenit after also having an ankle injury, Tuchel said on Monday Kante will be ‘ready totally’ for the clash against Tottenham on Sunday.
Sunday could also be the first opportunity for the following Chelsea fans to get the first glimpse of Spanish midfield maestro Saul Niguez after his late arrival from La Liga winners Atletico Madrid, Saul will most definitely offer Chelsea something different from their current options in midfield as he a ball playing midfielder that has a keen eye for a pass unlike Kante is more known for his ability to read the game, intercept passes and break up play to get his side back on the attack.
Despite Tuchel having a near enough full squad to select from this isn’t the luxury that Nuno Espirito Santo has in front of him when trying to select his team for Sunday’s game, some reports are saying that Nuno could be without up to 6 first-team players due to injury.
The stand out absence that Nuno is more than likely to be without is Heung Min Son, Son picked up a calf strain while on international duty during the break and was unavailable for selection for both of Tottenham’s games since (Palace away and away in France against Rennes) if this is the case and Son can’t play Tottenham’s challenge just got harder as the Son and Kane link up and partnership is often a pathway for a number of spurs goals.
As well as Son Tottenham could be without Eric Dier who since Nuno’s arrival has been one of the centre halves to come back into the thinking but due to picking up a dead leg in the previous Premier League game he missed the European game on Thursday and faces a race against the clock in order to be fit for Sunday’s clash.
Other absentees possibly facing Nuno are the south American trio Giovanni Lo Celso, Davison Sanchez, and Cristian Romero who after their adventures to their respective national sides mean they are unable to return to the UK so therefore are training in Croatia for the time being.
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But if you fancy a Chelsea win by 2 goals to 0 as we do then Skybet are offering odds of 6/1 on this result.
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