Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea – prediction, team news, lineups
After posting contrasting results in their first European meetings, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are preparing for battle in a flashy London derby in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea live stream, Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea h2h, Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea today, Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea channel, Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea how to watch, Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea prediction.
The hosts played a 2-2 draw with Rennes in the Europa Conference League in the middle of the week, while Chelsea began their Champions League defense with a 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea Match preview
With a host of changes expected, the Spurs began their Conference League group stage campaign against French powerhouses Rennes on Thursday night, but they only had one point and two more injury problems to show for their efforts.
After Loic Bade’s own goal gave Tottenham the lead, Rennes responded through Flavien Tait and new signing Gaetan Laborde, but Tottenham center-back Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg came off the bench to salvage a point. for his team at Roazhon Park.
It may have been all sunshine and rainbows for Nuno Espirito Santo during his three-game winning streak in the Premier League, which saw Spurs briefly atop the standings, but a humiliating 3-0 loss at Crystal Palace at the end of The past week has seen them drop to seventh place. in the middle of seven challenging days.
However, Spurs’ two disappointing results in that span have come on the road, with Santo’s team scoring five goals and none conceded in their three home wins so far this season, and they have won 11 of their last 13. games on familiar territory in all competitions.
Since the 2002-03 campaign, the North London team had not won nine points in their first three home games, but the chances of injury-stricken hosts ending that 19-year streak seems slim against a Chelsea side with a gleam in his eye.
It may not have been a complete beating that some fans would have expected, but in the end, Chelsea’s defense of their Champions League crown began with three points against Zenit St. Petersburg, who were brought down by a header from Romelu Lukaku. in a minute 69.
The prolific start to the Belgian’s life back in blue continues after he had previously broken his Stamford Bridge duck against Aston Villa last weekend, where Mateo Kovacic also scored in a dominant 3-0 win, and Chelsea is now one of four teams to sit tied at 10 points at the top of the division.
Thomas Tuchel barely managed to finish in the top four with this Chelsea team last season in the middle of his run to Porto, but the German’s well-oiled machine firmly has the look of title hopefuls this time, albeit clashes with the Juventus and Manchester City before. the end of the month will really test his mettle.
The Blues travel the capital having lost just one of their last 15 away games in all competitions while having scored in each of their last six Premier League away games, a streak that doesn’t seem to end any time soon. Lukaku shooting all the cylinders.
A Jorginho penalty propelled Chelsea to a 1-0 victory in this match last season during the early days of Tuchel’s reign, and the Blues are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games against Tottenham, winning four of them and conceding only one goal in that run.
Spurs have lost Japhet Tanganga to suspension and probably Eric Dier to injury before Sunday’s game, so Cristian Romero and Davinson Sánchez can return to action following their return to the UK on Saturday.
Giovani Lo Celso could also be part of the team, while Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura had to go out against Rennes with blows to the ankle and are not expected to be ready for this match.
Son Heung-min is reportedly hoping to get approved to face the European champions, while Bryan Gil should certainly have an outing alongside Harry Kane amid the Spurs’ absence crisis, especially if Ryan Sessegnon remains out.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are not expected to receive Christian Pulisic back from an ankle injury at the moment, but there is more optimism about N’Golo Kante’s physical form, even though he was not approved for victory over the Zenit.
Reece James, whose home was robbed during Tuesday’s game, has returned from a domestic ban and hopes to reprise the role of him on the right, but Ben Chilwell may be waiting while Marcos Alonso continues on the opposite side.
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Emerson, Sanchez, Romero, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Skipp; Gil, Alli, Son; Kane
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Havertz; Lukaku