Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea

Chelsea at Wembley… not a sentence we Tottenham fans hold in our thoughts with much positivity, but what an opportunity to dispel this Wembley ‘curse’ once and for all. 

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All the signs suggest that this could be the best (and earliest) chance to finally dispel this supposed Wembley ‘curse’.  Let’s not forget 6 of our 8 FA cup wins have all come at Wembley, the other 2 were at Crystal palace and ironically, Stamford Bridge… It’s only our recent form at Wembley that has built this picture that we never win there! 

Let’s be honest though, our record against Chelsea, home, away or neutral is poor. Sunday’s game will be our 51st meeting against them in the league, we’ve only won FIVE of those, all at home… And since we’re ‘homeless’ for the next year it does look bleak. 

However, Chelsea’s title winning squad from last season looks thin. Suspensions to both Gary Cahill and Cesc Febregas who both saw red during their 3-2 home defeat to Burnley last week, minus the AWOL Diego costa won’t aid Conte’s side. Pedro could return after injury, Victor Moses is due to return after his suspension and surprise surprise Eden Hazard may just have recovered in time for Sunday. Him and summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko both played in a ‘secret’ friendly in mid-week, with Hazard scoring. This however doesn’t help Conte’s midfield woes, with Matic gone & Febregas suspended, either youngster Andres Christensen or experienced head David Luiz could lineup in a deeper role alongside Kante, an area that Spurs will want to target. 

Tottenham on the other hand were given a boost late last week when both Victor Wanyama & Heung Min-Son were both passed fit to feature against Newcastle. Both came on in the 2nd half and could well slot straight back into the starting line-up. Danny Rose & Erik Lamela are still a way off from return, and Kieran Trippier’s pre-season injury should see his return after the international break. The only challenge for Pochettino will be decide whether to revert back to the 3-4-3 formation that laid the foundations for a successful season last year, or continue with the 4-2-3-1 that was played against Newcastle in their 2-0 win last week. A fantastic debut from Kyle Walker-Peters in that game at RB should see him remain in the team come Sunday. 

After coming so close last weekend, Harry Kane just needs 1 more goal to reach 100 in all comps in a spurs shirt. He’s also scored in 3 of his 5 appearances against Chelsea in the league including 2 in that stunning 5-3 win back on New Years day 2015. Kane has also scored 18 goals in 21 Premier league London derbies since that brace!

Here’s how I expect both sides to line up:

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The atmosphere on Sunday won’t be like anything White Hart Lane has ever produced, but I’m hoping with enough of our fans inside Wembley, we can at least make it feel like home for a while. No question it’ll be a tough game despite Chelsea’s absences, and our lack of summer investment so far, but beat them with Burnley to come things will start to look a bit rosy. #COYS

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