Saturday, June 23, 2018

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)


Shawn Etemadi



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Joseph Porto
Joseph Porto
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
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