Chelsea Face Spurs in a Crucial London Derby on Sunday

There is no doubt that the Premier League is looking likely to be a lot closer race this season. For the past couple of years, Liverpool and Manchester City have run away with things at the top of the table and while Liverpool remain second, Man City are mid-table, albeit with a game in hand, and it seems that there are going to be a number of teams in with a shout of league glory this season.

Two of those teams meet this coming weekend at Stamford Bridge as Frank Lampard’s Chelsea welcome Tottenham Hotspur, managed by Lampard’s former manager at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho. Chelsea come into the game in great form and lying third in the table, but Spurs have also been in good form of late too and they currently sit atop the table on goal difference from Liverpool, both of who are two points ahead of Chelsea.

With so much at stake for both of these big London rivals, the game on Sunday takes on an added dimension for both teams in the Premier League title race. Of course, such a big game always attracts plenty of interest from bettors across the UK and beyond, especially with the Premier League being so popular around the globe. Here in the UK, if you fancy a wager on the game and want to sign up with a betting site to do this, then the latest bet365 New Player Bonus, which can see you earn up to £100 in bet credits, is one well worth looking at.

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Let’s now preview the game on Sunday by taking a closer look at the two teams and how they have performed over the course of the season so far.

Chelsea v Tottenham – Preview

Season’s Form

Chelsea – Played 9, Won 5, Drawn 3, Lost 1. For 22, Against 10, Points 18. 3rd in the table.

Since losing 2-0 at home to Liverpool in their second game of the season, Chelsea have been unbeaten in the Premier League earning a draw at Manchester United in that time. Recently, Chelsea’s form has been superb, winning all of their last six games in all competitions scoring 18 goals in the process and conceding just two. Their 22 goals is the most scored by any team in the Premier League and their defensive record is the second best in the division. They also qualified for the knockout phase of the Champions League in midweek following a 2-1 win in Rennes on Tuesday night.

Tottenham – Played 9, Won 6, Drawn 2, Lost 1, For 21, Against 9, Points 20, 1st in the table

Tottenham have won all of their last four games, with their defeat before that coming away to Antwerp in the Europa League. Spurs only defeat came on the opening day of the season at home to Everton and all their dropped points have come at home. They have won all of their away games in the Premier League so far this season. With nine goals conceded they also have the best defensive record in the Premier League and the joint second best attacking record (with Liverpool). Spurs played Thursday evening against Ludogorets Razgrad which means they have had 48 hours less time to prepare for this game than Chelsea.

Chelsea v Tottenham – Team News

Chelsea have been boosted with the news of a relatively clean bill of health from their game with Rennes in the Champions League in midweek and Christian Pulisic, who did not travel for that game, will be fit to start against Spurs if Frank Lampard elects to select the American international. That should mean Frank Lampard has a pretty much full squad to select from for the game against his old mentor’s team.

Chelsea Probable Team – 4-3-3 – Mendy, James, Chilwell, Rudiger, Zouma, Kovacic, Kante, Mount, Ziyech, Werner, Abraham

Tottenham not only have 48 hours less to prepare for this game but they also have a number of players out injured including Toby Alderweireld, Erik Lamela and Matt Doherty. Young defender Japhet Tanganga is also set to miss out with Jose Mouriinho likely to use Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez as his centre back pairing. Other than that, Spurs should likely be at full strength in midfield and attack for this game, barring any injuries in their clash in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Tottenham Probable Team – 4-2-3-1 – Lloris, Aurier, Dier, Sanchez, Reguilon, Sissoko, Hobjerg, Ndombele, Son, Bergwijn, Kane

Chelsea v Tottenham Historic Record

The two teams have been regular opponents over the years with Chelsea winning 72 of the games between the teams to Tottenham’s 55, while 40 matches over the years have been draws.The last eight games between the teams going back to April 2018, have seen four wins apiece in the games, including Tottenham’s win on penalties in the League Cup back in September. Before that though Chelsea had won the previous four, with Spurs winning three in a row before that.

Top Tips for Chelsea v Tottenham

Both these sides have a good record and neither has lost too many games this season, both losing just once in the Premier League so far. Games between the two traditionally don’t see too many goals scored and I think given the defences on show here, that is likely to be the case here too. My gut feeling here is that a draw (5/2) is the most likely outcome and that a 1-1 draw at 13/2 is the best pick in the Correct Scorer market.

*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of Wednesday 25th November 2020.

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