After a disappointing Thursday result for the Lilywhites in the inaurgural Europa Conference league that was compounded by terrible injuries to Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn, Chelsea visits Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday 18th September, with a view to pile more misery on Nuno Espirito‘s men and claim top spot in the EPL log.
Tottenham Hotspur Team Updates
Eric Dier is likely to miss the derby match after been forced off early due to injury during Tottenham’s 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace last weekend, while Japhet Tanganga is suspended after receiving two yellow cards that led to his dismissal. Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn are out through terrible injuries, while Son Heung-min got injured during the international week and didn’t play last weekend and may miss the date. The trio of Cristian Romero, Davinson Sanchez and Giovani Lo Celso are back after late International arrivals.
Nuno Espirito is more likely to call on youngsters like Dane Scarlett, Nile John, etc as he sweats over the fitness of his senior squad players.
Tottenham Hotspur Team Squad
GoalKeepers: Hugo Lloris, Pierluigi Gollini.
Defenders: Ben Davies, Cristian Romero, Davinson Sanchez, Matt Doherty, Joe Rodin, Sergio Regullion, Emerson, Tobi omole, Malachi Walcott.
Midfielder: Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Oliver Skill, Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, P. Hoejbjerg, Nile John.
Forwards: Harry Kane, Dane Scarlett, Bryan Gil.
Chelsea Team Updates
As revealed by Sport Mole, Christian Pulisic(ankle injury) is still out with no timeline fixed on his return to training. N’golo Kante, as revealed by Thomas Tuchel is likely to be available for the clash with Tottenham Hotspur after missing their 3-0 win over Aston Villa in the weekend as well as the 1-0 win over Zenith St. Petersburg in their opening UEFA Champions League. James Recce is back after serving one match suspension for his dismissal during Chelsea’s game at Anfield before the International week.
Chelsea Team Squad
GoalKeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Edouard Mendy.
Defenders: Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Christensen, Azpilicueta, James Reece( back after one match suspension), Marco Alonso, Ben Chilwell, Trevoh Chalobah.
Midfielders: N’golo Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Saul Niguez, Mason Mount, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kai Havertz.
Forwards: Romelu Lukaku, Callum Hudson Odoi, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech.
Recent Meetings Between Tottenham Hotspur And Chelsea, And Their Recent Forms.
Tottenham Hotspur have lost two(2) and won one(1) of the past three home fixtures against Chelsea FC.
Tottenham will need to improve significantly after their 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace in Week 4 was followed by a 2-2 draw away to Rennes on Thursday.
TOT Recent Form: WWWLD
Chelsea meanwhile are unbeaten in all competitions including a 3-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend as well as 1-0 win over Russian Champions, St. Petersburg.
CHE Recent Form: WWDWW
Likely Formations For Both Teams
Against Manchester City in Tottenham’s opening match of the season, Nuno Opted for a 4-2-3-1 Formations and got the job done. But he has since then shifted to a 4-3-3 Formation and had two more victories prior to their 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace which was partly to Japhet Tanganga’s red card. However, with injuries to Lucas moura and Bergwijn, Nuno Espirito is likely to opt for a 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 formation, with Harry Winks and P. Hoejbjerg likely to form the two-man deep Midfield behind Sergio Regullion, Sanchez, Cristian Romero, and Ben Davies in defense. In the central and attacking three-man tactics, Dele Alli in the middle, flanked by Bryan Gil and Son, if fit to start, or Giovani Lo Celso, while Harry Kane spearheads the attack.
Tottenham 4-2-3-1 formation
For Chelsea FC, Thomas Tuchel will continue with his traditional 3-4-3 Chelsea formation. Edouard Mendy will continue in goal, while Thiago Silva is likely to return to the starting lineup ahead of Christensen, in a back three comprising Rudiger and Chalobah. Mateo Kovacic in the two-man midfield with Jorginho, flanked by James Reece and Marcos Alonso as wingbacks. In attack, Kai Harvertz or Mason in the No.10 role, while either of Timo Werner or Hakim completes Romelu Lukaku upfront.
Chelsea side 3-4-1-2 Formation
Predicted Match Result
A derby is always a time for bragging rights for the home and visiting supporters, with both teams very likely to give their all to snatch all three points on Sunday. However, Chelsea has a better squad depth compared to Tottenham who are quite depleted at the moment, and that could be a crucial key. So, expect a tight game but Chelsea are more likely to triumph by 2-1.