The “Battle of Stamford Bridge” stays one of the vital iconic matches within the historical past of the Premier League. That was a recreation which took an already regional rivalry between two massive groups, added stakes to it, and the end result was a fiery conflict that formed the rivalry.
Nevertheless, time flies rapidly in soccer. The supervisor of Spurs in that recreation now sits within the reverse dugout. Mauricio Pochettino is the enemy, whereas Tottenham have a brand new “mister” to idolise in Ange Postecoglou.
It’s not a rivalry that wanted any extra spice to make it fascinating, however right here it’s. Tottenham welcome Chelsea to their stadium, hoping to inflict one other punch to harm their ailing season whereas giving themselves one other rocket enhance. A win for Tottenham will really feel further candy for the followers as a result of Poch issue, whereas Chelsea want a end result urgently.
Right here’s the match preview, buildup, group information, and extra as Pochettino returns to the membership he laid profitable foundations of with an enemy!
Spurs vs Chelsea preview
The roles are reversed. Tottenham are completely flying below Ange Postecoglou. After 10 video games, they’re the one unbeaten group within the league after Arsenal misplaced to Newcastle. Harry Kane’s departure has been extra clean than anybody anticipated, with the Aussieland tactician expertly moulding Spurs right into a group that’s greater than the sum of its components.
At Stamford Bridge, nonetheless, it feels just like the nightmare of final season has simply prolonged into this one. Mauricio Pochettino was anticipated to supply the identical constructing blocks at Chelsea that he did when he arrived at Spurs.
Nevertheless, a scattergun switch technique, piling damage points, and a startling lack of luck in video games have left them in twelfth place within the desk, successful solely three out of 10 video games. With solely 13 objectives scored, their assault is failing to click on, a far cry from the thrilling squad the Argentine created at Spurs.
Can Chelsea upset the percentages with Pochettino touchdown a blow to the group that put him on the elite coach map? That’s the story here-
Spurs vs Chelsea predicted lineup
Spurs group information
Apart from having plan on the pitch, Spurs have additionally been helped by some good damage luck. Manor Solomon, Ivan Perisic, and Ryan Sessegnon stay the long-term absentees however in any other case, most points have been game-to-game short-term ones.
They might get this season’s revelation Future Udogie again for this recreation, whereas the fullback on the alternative facet, Ben Davies is unlikely to make it.
The remainder of the group picks itself, a testomony to the tactical work Ange has finished, mixed with the best way the gamers he trusts have stepped up.
Predicted Spurs XI: Vicario, Porro, Van de Ven, Romero, Royal, Bissouma, Sarr, Kulusevski, Maddison, Richarlison, Son
Chelsea group information
If all the pieces has gone proper for Spurs from on to off the pitch, the alternative has been true for Chelsea. They’ve been decimated by accidents all season, with one participant coming again and one other taking his place within the physio room.
Worse nonetheless, most of their accidents to key gamers are long-term, with Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana, Christopher Nkunku, and Romeo Lavia out for a very long time.
On the optimistic facet, Armando Broja ought to return to the bench for this one, whereas Mykhailo Mudryk will shake off his muscle pressure to be out there in opposition to Spurs.
Predicted Chelsea XI: Sanchez, Gusto, Silva, Colvill, Cucurella, Caicedo, Fernandez, Gallagher, Sterling, Mudryk, Palmer
Spurs vs Chelsea prediction
On present kind, it’s exhausting to look previous Spurs persevering with their successful run. With it being a house recreation, the gang will probably be wanting to get on the again of Pochettino and Chelsea gamers who already look wanting confidence.
If Spurs rating an early objective, betting on Chelsea to make a comeback wouldn’t be a sensible transfer. Anticipate Ange Postecoglou to maintain the great instances going at Spurs as he turns into the supervisor who lastly manages to get out of Pochettino’s Spurs shadow with a win in opposition to the person himself.
FootTheBall predicts Spurs 3-1 Chelsea.