Monday, October 3, 2022

Prediction: Chelsea vs Tottenham

Verdict: Tottenham double chance

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

In what is a heavyweight London derby on Sunday afternoon, Chelsea will welcome a high-flying Tottenham to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea

Starting with the hosts, while Thomas Tuchel might have seen his side come under some scrutiny over the summer, Chelsea did open the 2022/23 campaign with a hard-fought victory on the road. Eventually picking up a 1-0 win away at Everton, the former PSG boss will be desperate for his side to make an early statement here. Making their first appearance at Stamford Bridge, the former European champions must try and find some stability in west London this time around. Failing to mount any kind of title charge last season, Chelsea could also muster just a quartet of victories from their final 11 Premier League appearances SW6. However, welcoming their local rivals across the capital on Sunday afternoon, it should be noted that Tuchel’s men do hold an impressive record against Spurs on home soil. Including back-to-back 2-0 victories against Tottenham, the Blues are unbeaten in each of their last seven meetings at Stamford Bridge.

Team News

Still without an out-and-out striker in their ranks, summer arrival Raheem Sterling could once again be deployed as a false nine on Sunday afternoon.

Despite watching Marc Cucurella come off the bench for a Chelsea debut last weekend, England international Ben Chilwell should retain his spot in Tuchel’s defence.

Tottenham

As for the visitors, managing to clinch a Champions League return last season at the expense of bitter north London rivals Arsenal, Tottenham appear to be riding a real wave. Clearly enjoying life under Antonio Conte, Spurs also opened the 2022/23 campaign with a statement on home soil. Mounting a comeback against Southampton and eventually breezing their way to a 4-1 romp against the Saints, the ex-Chelsea boss will be desperate to get one over on his former employers here. While Tottenham might hold a downbeat record on their previous trips to Stamford Bridge, the Lilywhites have only continued to skyrocket under the guidance of Conte. Along with signing off last season’s campaign with a thumping 5-0 victory against Norwich, Sunday’s guests have lost just one of their previous 12 Premier League appearances. Gaining a reputation for their free-scoring displays, there is no doubt that Tottenham could be smelling the chance to pick up London bragging rights.

Team News

Despite neither of them finding the net in last weekend’s 4-1 victory against Southampton, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane will once again lead Tottenham’s charge.

Likewise, only continuing to impress since arriving in the Premier League earlier in the year, former Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski will complete Spurs’ attacking trio.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the London rivals last faced off on January 23rd, Chelsea picked up a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.
    • Chelsea have now won each of their last four straight meetings against Spurs across all formats.
    • Likewise, the Blues are unbeaten in each of their last seven straight meetings against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.
    • Continuing on from last season, Tottenham have won their last four Premier League matchups by an aggregate score of 13-1.
    • Sharing the Golden Boot with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah last season, Heung-min Son bagged 23 Premier League goals during the 2021/22 campaign.

    Conclusion

    Although Chelsea might hold a rather rampant record against their London rivals, Tuchel’s side will know that they face a tough test at Stamford Bridge here. Despite the Blues opening this season with a hard-fought 1-0 victory away at Everton last weekend, Tottenham have certainly come flying out of the traps. Eventually cruising their way to a 4-1 victory against Southampton on home soil, Spurs will be desperate to lay down another marker on Sunday afternoon. Securing a Champions League return last season and appearing to be riding a real wave under the one-time Chelsea boss, we’re backing an away double chance.

    Verdict: Tottenham double chance

    Best Odds: 7/10

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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