Verdict: Chelsea win
Best odds: 8/11
With London boasting that they can boast this weekend, Chelsea will travel through the capital on Sunday afternoon when they face Tottenham.
Starting with the hosts, while Tottenham may have opened the new season with a real early season flurry, the Spurs find themselves undergoing a recent fluctuation. Returning to his feet on his return from the international break, new manager Nuno Espírito Santo saw his side being wiped out in a 3-0 win against Crystal Palace. Losing what they thought was a golden opportunity when they opened their Europa Conference League adventure in France on Thursday, Spurs eventually had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Rennes. By showing the same problems that haunted them last season and scoring five goals in their consecutive games, the former Wolves boss will know his side will face a tough test this weekend. With offensive talisman Harry Kane yet to open his Premier League account after a summer of speculation, it should also be noted that Tottenham were hit with a 1-0 defeat the last time they welcomed Chelsea to North. London.
With both Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn limping against Rennes midweek, both are seen as doubt when Chelsea arrive in town on Sunday.
However, in what could be a boost for Spurs, this weekend’s hosts are hoping Eric Dier and Son Heung-min can be present in North London.
As for the visitors, who ultimately managed to open their Champions League defense with a 1-0 win over Zenit midweek, the mood on Chelsea’s pitch should be at its peak. Continuing to shine only since the appointment of head coach Thomas Tuchel earlier in the year, the Blues are referred to as a true contender in the title hunt this season. Marking the return from the international break with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, the former PSG manager has seen his side gain a string of admirers. Collecting 10 points from the first four Premier League matches and conceding just one goal in doing so, Tuchel also has an offensive talisman that enjoys a true purple patch. After returning to West London over the summer, Romelu Lukaku scored the midweek result once again. In fact, the Belgian ace has already scored seven goals in his six club and country meetings this season.
After an ankle injury against Liverpool last month, midfielder N’Golo Kante still remains dubious on Sunday afternoon.
Christian Pulisic is also a doubt after the American got out an hour in the 4-1 US World Cup win over Honduras last week.
Key factors to consider
- When Sunday’s opponents last met in the Premier League in February, Chelsea claimed a 1-0 away win.
- Since returning to Chelsea over the summer, Romelu Lukaku has scored seven goals in his six club and country games this season.
- Tottenham have conceded five goals in two consecutive games since returning from the international break.
- English skipper Harry Kane has yet to open his Premier League account this season.
- Four of the last five Premier League matches between Spurs and Chelsea have ended with under 2.5 goals.
By managing to open the Champions League defense with three points at Stamford Bridge midweek, Chelsea should sniff out the chance to score another point here. With London boasting on Sunday they can boast, Thomas Tuchel’s team is experiencing a real flurry at the start of the season. Collecting 10 points in the first four Premier League games and with Romelu Lukaku enjoying his free scoring run, a pessimistic Tottenham could face another tough test here. Having to settle for a point against Rennes midweek and overwhelmed by a 3-0 at the hands of the Crystal Palace on their return from the international break, Spurs once again show a series of problems. With Chelsea winning 1-0 in their last trip to North London, we are claiming a similar away win here.
Verdict: Chelsea win
Best odds: 8/11