Tottenham v Chelsea : English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Published On: December 21, 2019, 4:38 pm
Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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Date :Sunday 22nd, December
Time: 5:00pm
Stadium Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Referee Anthony Taylor (England)
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Team News:
There will be a warm embrace between the two managers ahead of this match as the master takes on one of his former apprentices, but the friendship is unlikely to extend beyond the dugout.

A London derby with no love lost, this particular edition of Tottenham vs. Chelsea has the added spice of the two sides being separated by just three points either side of the Champions League dotted line.

That Spurs could move level with Chelsea if they win on Sunday is testament to the contrasting form of the two clubs since Mourinho took over in North London.

One month ago Chelsea sat in third place, 12 points clear of Spurs, who had sunk to 14th by the end of the Mauricio Pochettino era, whereas now it is fourth against fifth and Tottenham's Champions League hopes are very much back on track.

Mourinho has overseen four wins from five league games so far and look likely to extend that good form with matches against Brighton & Hove Albion, Norwich City and Southampton coming up after this one, although the only league defeat of his reign so far did come against another of his former clubs Manchester United.
The Portuguese has never lost a home game against a team he has previously managed, though, winning 12 of 13 such matches, and another victory on Sunday would see Tottenham win three successive Premier League games for the first time since February.

However, it is more than a year since Spurs last beat a fellow 'big six' team - a run of 10 matches which includes seven defeats and stretches back to their victory over Chelsea at Wembley in November 2018.

In fairness to Tottenham, the majority of those matches did come away from home, where they have suffered for much of 2019, and in front of their own fans it is a different story having gone six matches unbeaten across all competitions, scoring 18 goals in the last five alone.

The most recent of those was the commanding 5-0 triumph over Burnley earlier this month when they were two goals up within 10 minutes, and the stats suggest that another quick start on Sunday would put them firmly on course for victory.

Mourinho has not lost any of the last 54 Premier League games in which his side has scored the first goal, winning 48 of those, whereas Chelsea are one of only two teams yet to rescue a single Premier League point from a losing position this season.
Tottenham will hand a late fitness test to midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, who is battling to recover from a groin problem which has kept him out of the last three matches.

Michel Vorm is also back in training for the hosts, although Paulo Gazzaniga will continue to deputise for the injured Hugo Lloris in goal.

Erik Lamela and Ben Davies are also still sidelined, but there are no new injury concerns for Mourinho and he could name an unchanged team to the one which won at Wolverhampton Wanderers last time out.

That would see another start for the in-form Dele Alli, who has scored five goals in his last four Premier League games against Chelsea.
Tottenham possible starting lineup:
Gazzaniga; Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Sissoko, Dier; Lucas, Alli, Son; Kane
Tottenham Premier League form: DWWLWW
Tottenham form (all competitions): WWLWLW

The Blues have spent plenty of time in losing positions recently too, coming away with only three points from the last 15 on offer to see what was a significant advantage in the top-four race quickly evaporate before their eyes.

The defeats have been particularly disappointing ones too; West Ham United, Everton and Bournemouth all went into their recent meetings with Chelsea in dreadful form, but all of them came away with maximum points, West Ham and Bournemouth doing so at Stamford Bridge too.

It is a slump which Lampard will be desperate to fix as soon as possible, with Chelsea now in danger of losing three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since November 2015 - a run of form which contributed to Mourinho being sacked by the club the following month.

Chelsea have lost 15 matches across all competitions so far in 2019 - their most in a calendar year since 1994 - although Lampard will be keen to keep sight of the fact that the first half of this season has still gone better than many expected.

Forced to trust in youth due to a transfer ban, the emergence of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori bodes very well for the future of the club and the experience they are earning - even in defeat - will stand them in good stead heading into the next decade.
There will be a demand for Chelsea to continue that youth development even though they are now clear to sign players in January, although reports of a £150m transfer budget next month will excite fans who have seen the team begin to flounder towards the end of the year.

It is in defence where the main improvement is needed, with Chelsea having kept only four clean sheets across all competitions this season and having shipped 25 goals in the Premier League - only Arsenal have conceded more in the top half.

No team in the top half has lost more games than the Blues either, and Lampard will be acutely aware of the importance of a solid defence from his time working under Mourinho when Chelsea set a record for fewest goals conceded which still stands.

Lampard has insisted that he is not out to become a "clone" of his former boss, though, and there is no doubt that Chelsea have been an entertaining watch under their all-time record goalscorer.

Defensive lessons could be learned from his former mentor, but he has already got one over on Mourinho in the dugout when his Derby County side beat Manchester United last year and he will be looking for more bragging rights this weekend.
Lampard is able to welcome Tomori back having missed the last two games with a hip injury, although the defender could face a fight to get back into the team with Antonio Rudiger now at full fitness.

Olivier Giroud is also available following an ankle problem, leaving Ruben Loftus-Cheek and forgotten man Marco van Ginkel as the only definite absentees.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Abraham, Pulisic
Chelsea Premier League form: WLLWLL
Chelsea form (all competitions): DLWLWL

Head To Head
Chelsea have traditionally had the better of this fixture, but there has been something of a Spurs fightback in recent years with three wins from their last five Premier League meetings - as many as they managed in their previous 20.

The Blues have only won two of their last 13 league visits to Spurs but could become the first club to win a Premier League away game against the same team at three different venues having already beaten Tottenham at White Hart Lane and Wembley.

These two sides met four times last season, sharing two wins apiece, including a 3-1 triumph for Tottenham in the corresponding fixture. The most recent contest in February ended 2-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, though.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea
Chelsea's form has fallen off a cliff edge in recent weeks, and now is just about the worst time for them to make the short trip to a Tottenham team on the up. Lampard's side certainly have the attacking quality to cause Spurs problems, but their defensive record will be a major concern up against Harry Kane and co.vv