— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 22, 2018
Spurs sit in fourth, but have had a relatively inconsistent season in their Premier League and Champions League campaigns. They have been able to grind out results without playing with the flair and excitement witnessed last season, and some of their star names have not yet hit that same form. There is a lot going on at the club off the field, as their proposed stadium move continues to run behind schedule, meaning they have had to stay as tenants at Wembley. Their record isn’t too great at their temporary home this season, having already lost to title rivals, Liverpool and Manchester City.
Chelsea remain unbeaten this season in their Premier League and Europa League campaigns, where they have already won their group. New coach, Sarri Maurizo, has been getting the best out of Eden Hazard, Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata, however, they are only one-point and one-place ahead of Spurs in the league having been held to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge by Everton last time out.
Both sides will be desperate for the points, not only to win the London bragging rights, but also to keep up with pacesetters, Manchester City and Liverpool.
Team news – Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs will be without the likes of Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Mousa Dembele, and Sanchez Davinson, but welcomed back Jan Vertonghen to training this week. Head Coach, Mauricio Pochettino, will be delighted that the rest of his squad came through the international break unscathed.
Harry Kane, England’s two-goal hero against Croatia last weekend, will be keen to keep his goal-scoring form going and add to his six goals this season.
Team news – Chelsea
Sarri Maurizo has had a full squad to pick from for much of the season, allowing him to select a relatively consistent team as a result. The only main injury is that of Mateo Kovacic, but he has ample midfielders to choose from, including Ross Barkley, Jorginho, and N’Golo Kante.
Eden Hazard shows no signs of having a World Cup hangover and has been in terrific form. He is currently the clubs leading scorer this season with seven goals, and even Alvaro Morata is winning over the Stamford Bridge faithful with five goals this term.
Chelsea have also been able to build an established back five of goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, and his defenders, Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger, to make them an incredibly solid unit.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 22, 2018
Head to head
Saturday’s game will be the 161st meeting between the clubs, since they first met back in 1909. The intensity and rivalry has remained the same over the last 100+ years, with many great games between the sides over that time.
Chelsea won that first ever meeting against Tottenham, 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in League Division One. The first ever Premier League meeting took place in 1992, when Chelsea again won 2-1, this time at Spurs’ White Hart Lane. In fact, it took Tottenham a further 10 years to register their first win against Chelsea in all competitions when they beat them 5-1 in the League Cup at home in 2002.
Chelsea have certainly held the upper hand in recent games, but Tottenham did win their last encounter earlier this year when they won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.
The overall record stands at 68 wins for Chelsea, 52 wins for Tottenham, and 40 draws.
🔵 Opponents: Chelsea
🎯 Goalscorer: @dele_official
— Tottenham Hotspur (@Spurs_India) November 22, 2018
Prediction and betting tips
What a game this could be with both teams looking for the win.
Although Tottenham have been inconsistent during parts of this season, especially at Wembley, they have won four of their last five Premier League games. They will once again be reliant on Harry Kane to be the main goal threat, and fresh from his two goals for England last Sunday, he will be full of confidence in familiar surroundings. Lucas and Erik Lamela will need to offer a goal threat too, as will Dele Alli who is finding his feet back in the side again.
Chelsea are clearly a tough nut to crack and will be dangerous on the break on Wembley’s big pitch. Eden Hazard could be the matchwinner again and the threat of his skill and pace will keep the Spurs defenders busy.
We see Chelsea getting something from this game, but Spurs could score from a set-piece.
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