- Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
- Saturday: December 22nd, 16:30
- Referee: Anthony Taylor
Having visited Old Trafford earlier this month, Spurs Jose Mourinho now hosts another of his former Premier League teams when Chelsea travel the short distance across London to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Portuguese boss has inspired his new Tottenham players into improving their league position in recent weeks and can he now overcome a Blues team which has faltered lately after a promising sequence of results? A 2-1 defeat at Manchester United was a setback for Jose, but winning this London derby would allow Spurs to overtake Chelsea in the league table and claim a top-four position.
Ahead of this game with their London rivals, that loss at Old Trafford is the only domestic league defeat suffered by Tottenham since the beginning of November having played seven matches in that time. Spurs have also won their last three competitive fixtures on home soil netting at least three goals per match while remaining unbeaten at their new home venue since being thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League at the beginning of October. A late 2-1 win at Wolves on Sunday will have boosted confidence in the camp even further.
For Chelsea, four Premier League defeats in five matches is a concern after they had previously won six successive matches in league action. A lack of recent goals is becoming an issue for the Blues with a 2-1 home win against Aston Villa being the only occasion in their last five league games when two or more goals have been netted by Frank Lampard’s players. Recent home losses against West Ham and AFC Bournemouth without scoring a goal also suggests that Chelsea are losing the ruthlessness of previous seasons, and they have also lost their last two away matches at Manchester United and Everton.
Hugo Lloris (elbow), Ben Davies (ankle), Michel Vorm (calf) and Eric Lamela (hamstring) are all expected to be unavailable for Tottenham, but there is hope that Tanguy Ndombele can recover from a groin strain.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (achilles tendon) and Marco Van Ginkel (knee) are long-term casualties at Chelsea with Olivier Giroud (ankle) another likely absentee. Fikayo Tomori is troubled by a hip problem but is expected to be declared fit.
A glance at the Premier League results for Chelsea reveals they drew with Leicester in their opening match at Stamford Bridge, but they have also been beaten by Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City in other matches, which does not inspire much confidence when visiting Tottenham. Meanwhile, the hosts have won five of seven competitive matches under the guidance of Jose Mourinho and appear to be building some momentum after an indifferent start to the campaign. Therefore, a good bet for this game may be for a Tottenham victory priced at 11/8 with Bet365.
A second pick is for a Winning Margin of One Goal for Tottenham offered at 10/3 by Bet365. Although Chelsea have lost four of their last five Premier League fixtures, three of those losses have been incurred via a one-goal margin with the 3-1 defeat at Everton being the exception. As for Tottenham, they may have scored quite a few goals in recent weeks, but they have registered just two clean sheets in domestic league action since the beginning of September and three of their last four league victories were claimed via 3-2, 3-2 and 2-1 scorelines. Both teams often score in matches involving Spurs.
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