Chelsea Visit Spurs in Wembley London Derby
Last updated: November 20, 2018 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||Chelsea 1 – 3 Spurs|
The Saturday night game sees Chelsea travel to Wembley to face Tottenham Hotspurs in what is shaping up to be a fiery London Derby. Both teams have been in great form this season and find themselves 3rd and 4th in the Premier League, respectively. Both teams will be looking to get one over, in order to keep with the pace at the top.
Spurs have had to contend with injuries from key players throughout the season, and look set to be without Mousa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen, and Danny Rose, in this one. Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen is still not 100% match fit. Nevertheless, they have fared pretty well winning six of their last seven games. Coming off the international break, Spurs are just a point behind Chelsea in the Premier League table after a hard-fought 1-0 win at Crystal Palace. The winner was scored by Argentine youngster Juan Foyth, seemingly making up for his mistakes against Wolves, where he gave two penalties away. It remains to be seen if Spurs can keep the pace with the top four this season, as without strengthening their squad this summer, they have left themselves vulnerable to injuries taking their toll.
Tottenham have been digging out results recently, and even have a slim chance of progressing in the Champions League. This came after an amazing 2-1 comeback against PSV Eindhoven at Wembley. Who else was the hero that night? None other than Mr Spurs, Harry Kane. Pochettino, who is an attacking manager, will be looking to carry this fighting spirit into their league fixtures. He will be looking for Delli Alli to carry on his rich vein of form against Chelsea, as the young midfielder has scored five goals in his last five matches against them.
Chelsea remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season and are only second to Manchester City in scoring form. They are averaging a whopping 2.25 goals per game, with Eden Hazard heading them with seven on the season. What’s more, they have a pretty stout defence only shipping 0.67 goals a game this season and have had a clean sheet in three of the past five games. They are keeping pace at the top, and are looking to mount a serious title challenge, therefore it is paramount they get something out of Saturday’s game. A big injury worry is Mateo Kovacic, who was ruled out of the fixture England vs Croatia with a muscle problem.
Maurizio Sarri was the first manager in PL history to not face defeat in his first 12 games as the boss. Nevertheless, he faces a tough task in his first game against Spurs – even when seeing Chelsea have historically fared well in this fixture, in 52 games played, they have won 27 times. Whereas Spurs have only won 6 times! History counts for nothing though, and Sarri will be looking for today’s top players to perform like he knows they can. Although Hazard is getting the plaudits and rightly so, it’s midfielder Jorghino that has been the driving force behind Chelsea this season. He’s passed the ball a whopping 1,186 times so far this season, 200 more than his nearest teammate!
Tottenham are without Dembele, Rose, and Vertonghen, as all three remain on the sidelines
Spurs have won six of their last seven matches in the Premier League.
Chelsea are yet to lose a match in the Premier League, with Maurizio Sarri the first manager to go unbeaten in their first 12 games.
Chelsea are sweating on the fitness of Mateo Kovacic, who has a muscle strain.
|Spurs (4-2-3-1):||Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Davies, Lamela, Wanyama, Sissoko, Alli, Lucas Moura, Kane|
|Subs:||Gazzaniga, Winks, Llorente, Aurier, Dier , Eriksen , Son|
|Injured:||Dembele, Rose, Janssen, Vertonghen|
|Chelsea (4-3-3):||Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Morata|
|Subs:||Caballero, Zappacosta, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud|
So Far This Season
|Spurs This Season||Chelsea This Season|
|9 (7)||Wins (away)||8 (4)|
|3 – 0 v Man United||Biggest Win||4 – 0 v Burnley|
|0 (0)||Draws (away)||4 (1)|
|1 – 2 v Liverpool||Biggest Defeat||—|
|Kane (6)||Top Goal Scorer||Hazard (7)|
|Y17, R0||Discipline||Y13, R0|
|1||Failures to Score||2|
|50%||Both Teams to Score Games||50%|
|58.33%||Over 2.5 Goals||66.67%|
|41.67%||Under 2.5 Goals||33.33%|
- Both sides have minor injury concerns, such as Kovacic for Chelsea, and Vertonghen for Spurs, but most of the star players should be available.
- The fixture features two of the contenders for top scorer this season, Hazard (7) and Kane (6).
- It’s an even encounter in the last five Premier League matches, with Chelsea winning two and Spurs winning two, with one draw.
- The point difference between the two teams is just one and both teams are fighting to keep pace at the top, and this game could be key in the title race.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|01/04/2018||EPL||Chelsea 1 – 3 Spurs||Morata 30’|
|20/08/2017||EPL||Spurs 1 – 2 Chelsea||Alonso 24’|
|22/04/2017||FA Cup||Chelsea 4 – 2 Spurs||Willian 5′|
|04/01/2017||EPL||Spurs 2 – 0 Chelsea||Alli 45+1’|
|26/11/2016||EPL||Chelsea 2 – 1 Spurs||Eriksen 11’|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Both sides have been free-scoring in the league so far this season, yet we expect a cagey affair. We expect Chelsea to remain unbeaten, but are unsure if they will go all out and win. Therefore, we’d say a Double Chance, with draw or Chelsea a fair bet that could land you an easy win. Get the best odds at 888sport.