Will the Student Outwit the Master Again?

Last updated: February 19, 2020 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12:30
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: WLDDL
Away Form: LDWWW
Last Meeting: Spurs 0 – 2 Chelsea
Competition: EPL

With the Premier League just about done and dusted, the race for Champions League qualification is getting more exciting by the week. Manchester City’s ban, if upheld, makes it a race for top five. Anything less than three points would be a vital blow to either team as Tottenham travel to Chelsea’s Staford Bridge, just seven points separate 4th from 10th, a potential Champions League six-pointer.

Chelsea would have probably wished for an easier team to face on the back of their 2-0 home defeat on Monday to Manchester United. A defeat that will have been emotionally hard to take due to VAR ruling out two goals for the Blues, but also the inability of the video assistant referee to spot what looked a certain red card for Harry Maguire and a clumsy and dangerous kick on Michy Batshuayi.

What made matters worse for Chelsea is that The Red evils scored the first goal when Andreas Christensen (who had won all aerial battles against Martial) was off the pitch with a head injury. And it was the fortunate Maguire, who should have been sent off, was the one who scored the second goal. Chelsea fans further incensed when Kurt Zouma’s goal chopped off for a Cesar Azpilicueta’s foul on Brandon Williams. Replays showed there was a push (albeit a small one) by United’s Fred on Chelsea’s captain.

Squabbles are evident at Stamford Bridge between manager Frank Lampard and the most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, prompting Lampard to pick Caballero to start the last two consecutive games. The Argentine’s positioning was faulty for the first goal in their match against the Red Devils, so a sub-plot to this game will be who is trusted between the sticks.

Chelsea has four wins in the last fourteen and just one in the last five games. Abraham, the club’s top scorer on 13, has been firing blanks with just one goal in the last five games and is still doubtful for the encounter with an ankle injury.

Jose Mourinho’s effect as ‘the Happy one’ has been a great journey of personal and managerial transformation. When Mauricio Pochettino left, Spurs were twelfth with a 12 point gap between their weekend opponents. In the current table, Chelsea are 4th and Spurs 5th with just a one-point difference between the sides.

Son scored a fascinating stoppage-time winner at 93 minutes 34 seconds to secure maximum points against Aston Villa the last time out. The South Korean has bagged a goal in five consecutive games in all competitions, performing as the team talisman since Harry Kane was sidelined in game week 22. His 12 shots on target are the highest by any player since the week Kane was injured.

We’ve highlighted the importance of Son, especially when Kane is injured, in our match previews before and he unquestionably brings passion, desire and talent to the team. Therefore the broken arm he suffered in the game against Villa could be devastating for Tottenham’s Champions League qualification chances and could have a big impact on the destination of the three points this Saturday. They say one man doesn’t make a team, but a Tottenham side without Kane and deputy Son, you wonder where the goals will come from?

So far, the young student that is Frank Lampard has been able to get the upper hand in the meetings between the two. The former Chelsea captain has won the two games and also masterminded a victory of Jose while Derby County manager. The former England international’s Derby knocked Jose’s Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup in September 2018.

Team News

Son became the first Asian player to reach 50 goals in the Premier League, but his goals came at a cost with the player breaking his arm during the Aston Villa victory.

When Mourinho took over Spurs, they were 12 behind Chelsea but are just one point behind Lampard’s side.

Chelsea have a tough schedule ahead with Spurs, twice against Bayern in the Champions League, Bournemouth, and then Liverpool.

A poor run of form for the Blues with just four wins in the last 14 games and just one win in the last six games.

Expected Line-Ups:

Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Cabalero, Azpiliqueta, Rudiger, Zouma, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Emerson, Mount, William, Giroud
Subs: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Tomori, Barkley, Giroud, Christensen, Hudson-Odoi
Injured: Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic, Van Ginel
Doubtful: Abraham
Not available:
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Aurier, Alderwierld, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Winks, Moura, Ndombele, Bergwijn, Alli
Subs: Gazzaniga, Vertonghen, Tanganga, Lo Celso, Gedson, Skipp
Injured: Kane, Sissoko, Foyth, Son
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Chelsea This Season Spurs This Season
4th League Position 5th
12 (7) Wins (away) 11 (3)
5 – 2 v Wolves Biggest Win 5 – 0 v Burnley
5 (2) Draws (away) 4 (1)
0 – 4 v Man United Biggest Defeat 0 – 3 v Brighton
Abraham (13) Top Goal Scorer Kane (11) Son (9)
Y49, R0 Discipline Y54, R3
6 Failures to Score 6
19% Clean Sheets 15%
58% Both Teams to Score Games 65%
58% Over 2.5 Goals 65%
42% Under 2.5 Goals 35%
  • Tottenham Hotspurs and Chelsea have faced off fifty-five times in the League; Chelsea dominating this fixture with 29 wins while Spurs have just seven wins with 19 draws between the sides.
  • Son has scored four goals in the last three games and scored a brace, including the late winner, against Aston Villa. A broken arm means he may miss the rest of the season.
  • The Blues have just one win in the last five, while the visitors are on a good run of three consecutive wins.
  • Chelsea has an average of 1.92 chances created per match compared to Spurs 1.5 chance a game with both having an average of 1.65 goals per match.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
22/12/2019 EPL Spurs 0 – 2 Chelsea Willian 12’
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’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

The Blues haven’t won in the last four straight games while Spurs have won the last three consecutive Premier League matches. While form would suggest a happy away day for Tottenham fans, a recovery room featuring Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Heung-Min Son makes you wonder who will step up.

Chelsea will point to their own injury crisis, ruled out is N’Golo Kante and Marco van Ginkel, but there are concerns and late fitness checks on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham, Andreas Christensen, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi. So like Tottenham, you wonder if they will struggle for a bit of creativity,

Therefore, we have a sneaky feeling this is going to end up as the worst result for either team, a draw. Betway are offering a draw and both teams to score special combo @15/4, a side bet on 0-0 might be worth considering for insurance.