Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea preview: Match facts, Analysis, Team News and Predictions
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would lead his current side Tottenham on Thursday when they entertain the Blues at the Tottenham stadium.
The tie sets a stage for a spectacle all the time as it’s a feisty London Derby but this time, a new Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, would be in the dugout.
The hosts have been an inconsistent side this season and have also lost their inspirational captain and striker Harry Kane to injury.
However, they are in dire need of all three points as is Chelsea who would look to build momentum after securing their first win under new boss Thomas Tuchel.
Both sides also kicked off their Premier League campaign with positive results making many believe they are title contenders only for a poor run of fun to derail them. The bad run of games cost Frank Lampard his job at Chelsea and both sides would look to put all of that behind them and get a positive result.
The reverse fixture ended in a goalless affair at the Bridge in November and all indicators point to something similar on Thursday.
Tottenham should have in form midfielder Tanguy Ndombele available for the Thursday match despite being forced off at Brighton through injury.
Sergio Reguilon, Giovani Lo Celso, Dele Alli, and Harry Kane remain out, with Carlos Vinicius looking to start his first Premier League game.
Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech is back in contention after being rested against Burnley on Sunday.
Kurt Zouma and Kai Havertz are injury doubts and will be assessed.
Stats and facts heading into the match (Backed by Opta)
- Chelsea are unbeaten in the past four Premier League meetings, keeping a clean sheet in three of them (W3, D1).
- Spurs could lose back-to-back home league matches against Chelsea for the first time since a run of three defeats between 2004 and 2005, when current Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was in charge of the Blues.
- Spurs could lose three consecutive top-flight fixtures for the first time since November 2012.
- Tottenham have trailed for 118 minutes in their past two league games, having been behind for just 102 minutes in their first 18 matches this season.
- They are the only side yet to lose a London derby in this season’s Premier League, although they have drawn four of five such matches.
- Jose Mourinho is in danger of losing back-to-back home league games for the first time in his managerial career.
- Chelsea are vying to record consecutive Premier League victories for just the second time this season.
- The Blues have lost four of their past five away league games, as many defeats as in their previous 16.
- Chelsea have conceded 50 Premier League away goals since the start of last season, a total exceeded only by Newcastle.
- Thomas Tuchel can become the first Chelsea boss to record clean sheets in each of his first three league games since Jose Mourinho in August 2004.
Tottenham have been termed to play negative football under Jose Mourinho. They love to sit back and catch the opponents on the counter.
Chelsea on the other hand under Thomas Tuchel showed in their last game how they could thrive with possession-based football.
So tonight it’s a side that loves to sit back, defend, and counter versus one who loves to keep the ball.
Verdict: Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Chelsea