Match Preview – Tottenham vs Chelsea

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Match Preview

Another London derby and another important game. Chelsea v Tottenham. Despite covering this game recently in the EFL cup semi-final, both teams go into this game a lot different than before. Tottenham goes into this game on a high after their dramatic 3-2 win over Leicester on Wednesday night. Tottenham found themselves 2-1 down after 90 + 4 minutes but miraculously substitute Steven Bergwijn scored 2 goals in 80 seconds. It’s been a rough old week for Chelsea after losing to City and drawing to Brighton. Any chance of a league title is well and truly gone. This has been Thomas Tuchel’s worst run of form as Chelsea manager, and he’ll be desperate to turn things around. The cup saw the blues beat Tottenham 3-0 on aggregate, so Antonio Conte will have his team set on revenge.

Tottenham have been flying in the league since Conte’s arrival, unbeaten in their last eight games in the Premier League. A result at Stamford Bridge would put them in the driver’s seat for a top 4 finish this season. Coming off the back of a historic victory against the Foxes, I am fully expecting Tottenham to be chomping at the bit this time around as they look to add more misery to an already struggling Chelsea team. Spurs will be without defender Eric Dier and their second-highest goal scorer Son Heung-Min; however, they should have enough to cause to blues some trouble.

With only one win in their last five Premier League games, Thomas Tuchel will be racking his brain together for ways to get out of this slump. Chelsea’s lack of goals has come under criticism recently, especially with summer signing Romelu Lukaku struggling to make a real impact since his £100M move from Inter Milan. Chelsea’s real problem has been their wingbacks, with their first choice options Chilwell and James being injured, they have struggled to replicate their fine early season form. Perhaps a temporary change in the system is needed, with no top-tier wingbacks at their disposal and their summer signing struggling to adapt, Tuchel may be looking to change things up come Sunday afternoon.

Bet Builder – Over 1.5 Goals & Kane 1 SOT

  • Over 1.5 Goals To Be Scored
  • Harry Kane To Have 1 Shot On Target

Going into this game, Tottenham has the form. However, Chelsea has always managed to pull out a result against their London rivals. Therefore, I have decided to stay away from an outright match result. Instead, I have opted for over 1.5 goals, and a Harry Kane shot on target. The Kane shot on target is a no-brainer as the English forward averages 3.33 shots a game and is always looking for an opportunity to do so, whether that is from the edge of the box or to go directly from a free-kick. Over 1.5 goals look good to me as Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in 12 of their last 14 home matches against Tottenham in all competitions.

Outside Chance – Under 4.5 Cards

With this being a derby, many will be looking at this for cards which is normally the correct approach. However, when looking at their last few games this has been far from the case. Their recent semi-final fixture only saw 2 yellow cards over both legs, so perhaps it’s not as feisty as it may seem. When it comes to bookings it can come down to the referee’s discretion. Most referees look to avoid early bookings in derby games as this can result in tensions flaring with one team feeling aggrieved with the other.

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