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Jose Mourinho to Welcome Chelsea Old Boy to Spurs

Last updated: December 17, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 16:30
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: WWLWW
Away Form: LLWLL
Last Meeting: Chelsea 2 – 0 Spurs
Competition: EPL

A Jose Mourinho themed party at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium against his former side Chelsea will spark the Premier League over the weekend. Spurs have only dropped points once in his first five games since he took over, against another of Jose’s former sides, Manchester United. The Blues, on the other hand, had a confident start of the campaign but recent struggles have seen them win once in the last five.

It is a new dawn at Tottenham with Jose Mourinho formerly ‘The Special One’ now known as ‘The Happy One’ the architect of the resurgence. Spurs were 12 points behind Chelsea when he was appointed and are now just three points behind. A win in this fixture would put Tottenham ahead on goal difference. Tottenham bounced back from the loss against the Red Devils with a late 2 – 1 win against Wolves in the last Premier League game, a victory that highlights the impact that the Portuguese manager has had on the team since joining the club.

A notable player who has benefited immediately from the change of guard at Spurs is Dele Alli who has three goals and two assists in the last five games. Mourinho asked the 23-year-old, ‘are you Dele or his brother?’, this joke appeared to do the job with the England player producing the type of form that had been lacking in the final weeks of former manager Mauricio Pochettino. Eric Dier and Moussa Sissoko have also benefitted from the change at the top, often criticised for their lack of guile to control a game, the duo has been resurgent since Jose’s arrival.

Premier League managers, (except for Arsenal’s Freddie Ljungberg) have tended to enjoy a spell of success when they take over the reins of a club; a sequence of bad results often follows this good fortune once the bubble has burst. Chelsea had a nightmare first Premier League game against Manchester United losing 4-0 but recovered to secure a draw with the now high-flying Leicester and notable wins against Norwich (2-3) and Wolves (2-5). A loss against Manchester City on the 23rd of November appears to have sent the club in freefall since then as they have lost to West Ham (0-1), Everton (3-1) and this week to Bournemouth (0-1).

Their recent loss 1 – 0 to Bournemouth showed a lack of resilience in a young side that looks weary. The stuttering form has exposed deficiencies in personnel, tactics and selection with lack of leadership from the most experienced players such as Willian. The youngsters have been bright and exciting but have not been consistent enough in their performances.

Tammy Abraham has been the shining star for Lampard as the team’s top goal scorer despite also not being at his best recently with just one goal in the last five. Chelsea has not performed well against the big boys, they lost twice to Manchester United and suffered defeats against Liverpool and Manchester.


Team News

Spurs had a kind Champions League draw, avoiding Barcelona and drawing RB Leipzig.

Son Heung-Min has been Tottenham’s best player; statistically, the South Korean is averaging 7.46 per game.

Chelsea had a much tougher Champions League draw, drawn against Bayern Munich.

Tammy Abraham has been Chelsea’s best player; statistically, the youngster is averaging 7.48 per game.


Expected Line-Ups:

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Tottenham (4-3-3): Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose, Dier Sissoko, Eriksen, Son, Alli, Kane
Subs: Austin, Vertonghen, Davies, Wanyama, Moura, Sessegnon, Lo Celso, Winks
Injured: Lloris, Lamela, Ndombele
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Arrizabalaga, Reece, Zouma, Rudiger, Emerson, Jorginho, Kante, Mount, Willian, Pulisic, Abraham
Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Giroud, Azpilicueta, M.Alonso, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi
Injured: Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Tomori
Doubtful:
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Spurs This Season Chelsea This Season
5th League Position 4th
7 (2) Wins (away) 9 (5)
5 – 0 v Burnley Biggest Win 5 – 2 v Wolves
5 (3) Draws (away) 2 (1)
0 – 3 v Brighton Biggest Defeat 0 – 4 v Man United
Kane (9) Top Goal Scorer Abraham (11)
Y34, R2 Discipline Y27, R0
2 Failures to Score 3
11.8% Clean Sheets 17.6%
76.5% Both Teams to Score Games 64.7%
76.5% Over 2.5 Goals 64.7%
24.5% Under 2.5 Goals 35.3%
  • Chelsea has four times more (28) the number of wins Spurs have (7) from the 54 matches they have played with 19 of them ending as draws.
  • Only Jamie Vardy (16) has more goals than Tammy Abraham (11) but has just scored one goal in the last five games.
  • Tottenham are on a good run with four wins in five while Chelsea are struggling with four losses in the last five matches.
  • The blues have an average of 2.12chances created per match compared to Tottenham’s 1.53.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
27/02/2019 EPL Chelsea 2 – 0 Spurs Pedro 57’
24/11/2018 EPL Spurs 3 – 1 Chelsea Alli 8′
01/04/2018 EPL Chelsea 1 – 3 Spurs Morata 30’
20/08/2017 EPL Spurs 1 – 2 Chelsea Alonso 24’
04/01/2017 EPL Spurs 2 – 0 Chelsea Alli 45’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Jose’s links with Chelsea are apparent as the London club sacked the 56-year-old not once but twice (2008 & 2016) and Mourinho will be desperate to get one over his old employees, especially after losing to Manchester United recently. Frank Lampard will equally be desperate to claim the points, the recent run of bad results has taken the gloss off what was a reasonable start to managing in the top flight.

We’d be amazed if there weren’t goals in this game and our gut tells us there will be quite a few of them. 888sport has 229 match events to bet on; our pick would be a Tottenham win at 7/5, over 2.5 goals would also be an excellent addition with odds of 4/7.