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Chelsea vs Tottenham match preview: Match facts, team news and predicted lineups

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Following a 4-1 victory over Southampton on opening day, Antonio Conte and his men travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday for the first London derby of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur go into the fixture as leaders of the Premier League but they do have the same points as Chelsea (3) with the Blues also defeating Everton in week 1 of the new season.

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In here, we preview the game by looking at the team news, potential lineups as well as some key stats.

Chelsea vs Tottenham: Match preview

Chelsea vs Tottenham will continue to be one of the biggest games in England and it is no surprise that anticipation is growing ahead of the game.

Last season, Thomas Tuchel’s side got the better of Spurs, defeating them in 3 straight games in the second half of the season.

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Antonio Conte admitted that his team were behind their opponents but the story might be different this time and they will be looking to avenge last season’s results.

Securing a result at Stamford Bridge is surely not beyond possibility especially considering how fluent the Spurs attack were against Southampton.

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With Harry Kane dropping deep in build up, Conte’s men are not only causing problems to defenders with the dilemma of whether to follow the England captain or maintain position, but also creating spaces for Son, Kulusevski and the wingbacks to thrive.

Tottenham could also use their pace to threaten the backline of Chelsea who are relying on the ageing Thiago Silva, Azpilicueta and Koulibaly to play a high line.

But of course, Chelsea would pose some serious threat to Tottenham on Sunday especially with Raheem Sterling in attack.

The England international is being deployed in a free role, giving him the freedom to arrive in the boxe and cause damage. His immense dribbling abilities could also help him draw fouls for his side.

Match facts

  • Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in 13 of their last 15 home matches against Tottenham in all competitions.
  • Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 7 matches against Tottenham in all competitions.
  • Tottenham have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 4 matches (Premier League).
  • Chelsea are undefeated in their last 13 matches against Tottenham in all competitions. 
  • Tottenham have won their last 4 matches (Premier League).
  • Tottenham have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 away matches (Premier League).
  • Chelsea have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Tottenham in all competitions. 
  • Chelsea are undefeated in their last 5 matches (Premier League).

Team news

Thomas Tuchel has a fully fit squad to select for the welcome of Tottenham on Sunday afternoon. The Blues were able to give debuts to new signings Raheem Sterling and Koulibaly while Marc Cucurella who was announced less than 24 hours before the game made a 20 minutes cameo.

Kalidou Koulibaly was forced off with cramp midway through the second half at Everton but is expected to start against Spurs. It remains very likely therefore that Tuchel might stick with the same XI that secured the slim victory over Everton.

If there were to be any changes however, it could see Kovacic come in for either Jorginho or Kante, while Cucurella after having a full week to train with his new teammates could cone in for Chilwell.

Chelsea predicted XI: Mendy; James, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly; Kante, Kovacic, Loftus Cheek, Cucurella; Mount, Sterling, Havertz 

Antonio Conte, on the other hand, will be unable to call upon on Oliver Skipp who is out injured and he is  Tottenham’s only confirmed absentee for the short trip across the capital.

After serving his one match ban, Richarlison could force his way into team although it remains likely the Brazilian might start from the bench.

With Kulusevski still sparkling for Spurs, it will be a tough call to bench him and he is expected to keep his place alongside Kane and Son.

Sessegnon who impressed in the game against Southampton could however be replaced by Perisic if Conte decides to go with more experience for such a huge game.

Tottenham predicted XI: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Kane, Son.

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