Chelsea face Tottenham at Wembley this afternoon with Antonio Conte’s side looking to bounce back from the opening day defeat to Burnley.
According to the BBC, Kieran Trippier will undergo a late fitness test before Tottenham decide whether or not he is fit to face Chelsea. They note that Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou have all been ruled out.
For Chelsea, Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas are suspended after being sent off against Burnley, but Victor Moses returns having served his one-match ban. The BBC report that Pedro and Eden Hazard are not fit to play, but Tiemoue Bakayoko may be included in the squad to make his debut.
Tottenham’s recent form at home has been absolutely phenomenal. They made White Hart Lane a fortress last term, which was a major contributor towards the stellar campaign they endured. However, they did struggle at Wembley during their Champions League games last time around, let’s hope they do so once again today.
Our away form at the tail end of last season was almost perfect. Five wins out of six, with the only defeat coming at Old Trafford the same week a sickness bug struck the squad.
Both side’s recent form in all competitions has seen just one defeat a piece. Chelsea’s game on the opening day against Burnley, whereas Tottenham’s was a 1-0 defeat to West Ham which effectively handed Chelsea the Premier League title.
One thing that will undoubtedly be a concern to Conte, however, is that Spurs have scored an incredible 51 goals in their past 20 games, an average of 2.55 per game, conceding just 12 in that time. Chelsea, on the other hand, have scored 45 and conceded 23.
In recent times, we haven’t had much luck when visiting the lane. Out of our last six visits, we have accumulated six points out of a possible 18. However, we have left North London with a victory eight times in our last 20 attempts. Tottenham are a different beast to what they once were, however, which is reflected in the recent results.
Historically, this fixture is does not see a lot of goals. In eleven of the last 20 meetings between the two sides at White Hart Lane, there were under 2.5 goals scored. It seems unlikely we’ll be witnessing a goal-fest today.
It’s been a similar story in our last six meetings with Spurs overall. We’ve been victorious in two, drawing two, and losing two. Tottenham have really progressed under the stewardship of Mauricio Pochettino and are a far more difficult opponent than they once were.
In the last 20 meetings between the two sides in all competitions, there’s been nine draws. There really is very little to separate them both nowadays. We could have a very tight game in store today.
If you’re struggling to pick which side to include in your accumulator, we probably can’t help you here. Looking at the latest premier league odds there is very little to separate the two sides in the stats, but with our current injury and suspension woes, you’d have to have Spurs down as favourites.
Tottenham have averaged three goals per game in their last ten, however, whereas Chelsea have scored 2.7 and conceded 1.5 per game. It would be fair to assume that both teams will get on the scoresheet this afternoon.
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