Can Tottenham Bounce Back Against the European Champs?

Last updated: September 15, 2021 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 16:30
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: WWWWL
Away Form: LWWDW
Last Meeting: Chelsea 2 – 2 Spurs
Competition: Premier League

Our featured game this weekend is the all-London clash between Tottenham and Chelsea. Tottenham was flying high in the league before being grounded by the Eagles, and they now face the European champions, Chelsea. Will Spurs bounce back, or will Tuchel’s troops add insult to injury?

Tottenham Hotspur finds themselves sailing on the same route, but this time with a different pilot. Spurs won their first three Premier League games, 1-0 and started last weekend at the top of the table. As a bonus, their manager Nuno Espírito Santo was crowned manager of the month.

Spurs, however, was unable to maintain their great pre-international break form and suffered a 3-0 mauling at the hands of Crystal Palace.

Japhet Tanganga, who had an impressive first match against Manchester City’s duo of Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish, lost the battle against Wilfred Zaha. The England defender was sent off in the fifty-eight minute after a reckless challenge, and it was all downhill for them, conceding three in the final quarter of an hour. On several occasions, Emerson Royal had a tough initiation to the Tottenham team, twisted and turned by Zaha, who tore apart the defence. As a result, the perfect start and run of three consecutive clean sheets. Moreover, they have a huge list of injuries, especially at the back now they have their best defender suspended.

Spurs are winless in the last seven games against their London rivals in all competitions, with their only triumph coming in the league cup on penalties after drawing 1 – 1 on normal time. However, they won three consecutive games before the 3 – 0 defeat to Palace by a single goal margin showing their biggest frailty is the attack. Harry Kane cut a forlorn figure up front and could have a tough task to make a mark this campaign after dominating the goal scoring and assist charts last campaign. The maestro scored three goals in three games for England during the international break, which shows he is still in great form, but this only counts if he has a creative player to feed him. Worryingly, much of the creative work from Spurs is provided by Heung Min Son, who is struggling with an injury and could be a doubt for this game.

The Blues are the new Manchester City with a fiercely scary starting eleven and a second-team that could stand a real chance to challenge for the title; such is the depth in this squad. Thomas Tuchel could rotate his squad for fun this campaign, having rested Mason Mount, Cesar Azpiliqueta, and Andreas Christensen, who started the opening three games. Thiago Silva, Callum Hudson Odoi, and debutant Saul Niguez had their first starts.

The European Champions face the England Champions after their London neighbours, so they have to bring their A-game for both of these tough encounters. They showed they have a solid defence even with ten men against Liverpool in the 1-1. Reece James was sent off at the end of the first half, meaning Chelsea had to play over 45 minutes a man short against the 2019-20 champions.

Romelu Lukaku, living his dream at Stamford Bridge, netted twice in their 3 – 0 triumph against Aston Villa in the first game after the international break. Lukaku managed just twenty-two touches of the ball, less than any player who started in their game against Villa but was still lethal enough to guide his team to the win.

The Italian Serie A player-led Inter Milan to triumph against the dominant Juventus and now could marshal Chelsea to chase the title. The reigning UEFA Champions League winners are 9/2 to win the league, and it’s easy to see why. They have a comparable strength in their first eleven to that of Liverpool. This squad depth rivals Manchester City’s, and the team has a consistency that Manchester United fans envy (as Young Boys exposed in midweek).

Chelsea doesn’t play the most beautiful attacking football with seven players and three attacking players behind the ball. However, if they manage to score, they have a very strong defence that can shut out any threat thrown at them. They have conceded just one goal, which was Mohammed Salah’s from the penalty spot.

Team News

Spurs top scorer Son missed out on their recent defeat and will be a huge bonus if he returns to boost the attack.

Romero and Sanchez, subjected to COVID protocols, are their best defensive pair to face Chelsea with Tanganga suspended and Dier injured.

Pulisic and Kante are still doubtful and will miss the midweek Champions League tie to keep them fresh for this game.

Jorginho was Chelsea’s top scorer last season with seven goals; now, Lukaku has already scored three goals in three games as a potential golden boot winner.

Expected Line-Ups:

Spurs (4-3-3): Lloris, Doherty, Romero, Sanchez, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Winks, Ndombele, Alli, Moura, Kane
Subs: Emerson, Rodon, Davies, Lo Celso, Skipp, Gollini, Scarlett, Omole, Gil, Markanday
Injured: Dier
Doubtful: Son
Not available: Tanganga
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Hudson-Odoi, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Mount, Havertz, Lukaku
Subs: Arrizabalaga, Silva, Chalobah, Kovacic, Zouma, Chilwell, Ziyech, Saul, Loftus-Cheek
Injured: Pulisic
Not available: James

So Far This Season

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Spurs This Season Chelsea This Season
7th League Position 2nd
3 (1) Wins (away) 3 (1)
1 – 0 v Man City Biggest Win 3 – 0 v Crystal Palace
0 (0) Draws (away) 1 (1)
3-0 Crystal Palace Biggest Defeat
Son (2) Top Goal Scorer Lukaku (3)
Y10, R1 Discipline Y3, R0
1 Failures to Score 0
75% Clean Sheets 75%
0% Both Teams to Score Games 25%
25% Over 2.5 Goals 50%
75% Under 2.5 Goals 50%
  • Tottenham and Chelsea have played fifty-eight games; Spurs have twenty-three wins against the Blue’s twenty-one wins and fourteen draws between them.
  • Chelsea has had the recent advantage in this fixture without a defeat in the last seven games against their fierce city rivals.
  • Lukaku is Chelsea’s best scorer in front of a goal with three goals already, with Havertz, Mount, and Ziyech tasked with supplying the Belgian maestro.
  • Spurs still look like a team on transition despite having a good start to the campaign and are a real threat on the counter-attack.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
08/04/2021 Friendly Chelsea 2 – 2 Spurs Ziyech 16’
04/02/2021 EPL Spurs 0 – 1 Chelsea Jorginho 24’
29/11/2020 EPL Spurs 0 – 2 Chelsea Willian 12’
27/02/2019 EPL Chelsea 2 – 0 Spurs Pedro 57’
24/01/2019 Capital One Chelsea 2 – 1 Spurs Kante27’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

In 2018, The Times published an article asking if there was a curse attached to a manager winning the manager of the month award. That season, three teams suffered defeats after their manager had picked up the accolade. Tottenham may be wondering if there is something in it, losing 3-0 to Crystal Palace after Nuno Espírito Santo’s award. After three 1-0 wins, Spurs will be desperate to get back to winning ways.

Lukaku makes Chelsea look like a different team after the ineffectiveness of Timo Werner; the Blues can be clinical and devastating at times. They are also good at controlling games with a stringent defence, and they can pick teams off.

We feel Chelsea will have too much strength for the hosts, and we predict a win for the visitors. A straight win forecast on Chelsea is available @ 3/4 is available at bet365. Romelu Lukaku to score anytime and a Chelsea win is also available via the bet builder @ 8/5.