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EPL Preview: Tottenham Hotspur v. Chelsea

Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho will face each other for the first time in the English Premier League this weekend.

Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho will face each other for the first time in the English Premier League this weekend, with Tottenham Hotspur scheduled to host Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Villas-Boas, who served under Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Internazionale, has led Spurs to eight wins in nine matches in all competitions this season.

Spurs have kept a clean sheet in each of their eight wins, with their only defeat of the current campaign coming in the North London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates.

On the other side of the touchline, Mourinho has started his second-stint at Chelsea with a disappointing 4-2-2 record, but back-to-back 2-0 wins over Fulham and Swindon Town have boosted the Blues’ confidence ahead of Saturday’s crucial clash.

Team News

Holland international midfielder Marco van Ginkel, 20, tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Swindon Town, and has subsequently been ruled out for at least six months.

With the 20-year-old sidelined for the long term, new signing Willian — a summer transfer target of Tottenham — will surely get more opportunities to impress the coaching staff.

Willian, who joined Chelsea from Russian Premier League side FC Anzhi Makhachkala for a reported fee of £32 million this summer, made his club debut in the Blues’ 2-0 win over Swindon in Round 3 of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

However, the highly-rated Brazilian was virtually non-existent for 90 minutes against the Robins, and thus will probably not feature against Spurs at the weekend.

As for Tottenham, expect AVB to select a ‘hard-to-beat’ side, including the in-form back four of Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson, Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Naughton.

Manager Quotes

“I think the team is playing very well, we have great strength in the squad, but I think, above all, great team spirit and ambition to do well,” said Villas-Boas following Spurs’ comprehensive 4-0 win over Aston Villa in midweek.

Chelsea assistant coach Steve Holland on Juan Mata’s performance against Swindon: “If you look at his performance tonight, he made Fernando’s [Torres] chance early in the game, he was involved in the goal…then in injury time he conceded the final corner of the game supporting Ryan Bertrand in the left-back spot.

“We were pleased with Juan`s contribution, with and without the ball.”

Mata is 7/2 to score anytime at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Betting Odds

Tottenham (6/4); Chelsea (7/4); Draw (23/10)

Match Prediction

A draw seems more than plausible, with not much separating the two sides thus far this term.

Tottenham 1 – Chelsea 1 (6/1)

Thu 26 September, 2013
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2 Comments:

  1. Joseph Porto says:

    Mourinho and protégées are in their happy hour having humilliating Juan Mata, suggesting Lampard and Terry are titulars when they were in the reserve under previous managers. Mata and Luis are far superior and I don’t see any reason for them to go into Mourinho’s despicable mind games.
    It is evident He wants the players to become hungry animals to fight in benefit of himself. He is so eager of glory but only for himself that is capable of using and humiliate any player with that purpose.

    But who is going to tell this pathetic pseudo manager how stupid decisions he is making in his few weeks in England?
    what about this?
    William IN = 32 million OUT + Moses OUT
    Who in the world can do this kind of business???
    only a Moron. Yes or No?
    I heard in the news from Basil that William was able to kill a lion every day to get the starting eleven. As I see the situation he has to kill a Chelsea player every week to get his place.
    (I apologize to William just kidding). But honestly the self proclaimed genius and special moron has no pardon, because he has no mercy with other people he don’t deserve mercy from ourselves.
    For the business Mourinho did with William I have the right to think He is a Moron or Idiot at least. Not to mention the probably loosing of Mata and Luis.

  2. John.m says:

    Give the man a brake

    Hes just managing the team again for a short while
    Its not as if hea been here for the last 20 years

    Hes been away and now back
    So give him time to build op the team he wants

    Wel its normal for a coach to try and make players more competitive
    Otherwise he would just have lazy bums
    Who woudnt go all out
    Bccs they know their better than the rest .___.

    And wel
    Ur ( and the news)talking as if mourinho
    is doing the worst crappies job at chealsea atm
    Ruining chelseas play
    Wel
    Remember…
    Chelseas been SH#T
    For a couple of seasons now….

    And wel
    Mourinho aint doing it that bad…
    For somone who doesnt rly have a good striker
    Torres: aahahahahah… WHAHAHAHA TRolololol
    Eto: man…. What ud expect hes far to old to have his pace and speed
    What more ” world class” striker does mourinho have?

    Matas not rly a striker
    He might be good
    But stil
    Are yougonna say oscars that bad
    Or players like hazard

    .__.

    And true mourinho mixes experience with young talent
    Wel just let the man try wat he wants
    And let him buy an in and out striker this january

    And after that…
    You can judge him okay?

    Two losses and two draws
    And the whole world goes crazy
    If it wasnt mourinho coaching
    An some random other person
    We would al say” wel.. Chealseas slowly getting better nothin more to he expected from a team like that”~>

    Now with mourinho on board” omg. WHATS HAPPENING CHEALSEA AINT WINNING EVERHTHING HOWS THAT POSSIBLE OMG MOURINHO IS SHIT BLABLABLA”

    Noppl…. Hes a damn good coach

    Hes the happy/special one

    Just not the holy one
    He cant make chealsea from shit to barca lvl in some weeks .__.

    + wel willlian
    Just give him some time also
    Mabye hell get used to english footbal and rock ur world

    Like modric had to ge used to spanish soccer

    But mabye william is a big waste of money and a flop
    Wel woudn be the first one in the footbal world
    * cough cough torres*

    Anyway its not as if mr russian goes bancrupt now bccs one player
    Hell just sell the guy for 40 mil and done .__.

    There wil be more
    Players comming and going

    An im shure mou wil make chelsea a top team again in two three years

    Dont forget

    Before mou came ( some years ago)
    Chealsea where… Blagh
    And after a while he
    Made them the legendary chelsea…
    But not in some weeks he did ._.

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