Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea
Venue: White Hart Lane – Sunday, November 29 – 12:00 GMT (07:00 ET)
Match Odds: Spurs 6/4 – Draw 12/5 – Chelsea 7/4
Spurs have proved to be very solid so far this season and have the longest unbeaten streak in the Premier League still alive, having not lost for 12 games since the opening day defeat to Manchester United.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have the second best defensive record in the Premier League so far and will see Sunday’s game with Chelsea as another ideal opportunity to prove their credentials.
Tottenham’s Premier League record: P13 – W6 – D6 – L1
They beat West Ham 4-1 at White Hart Lane last Sunday and will be hoping for a similar result against their London rivals this weekend, though they did have to travel to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag on Thursday and could be tired after that 1-0 win.
Chelsea travel to Spurs as underdogs – something that’s rarely said going into this fixture. Their terrible start to the season has left many doubting them on a weekly basis and they can expect another real test on Sunday.
They managed to end a three-game losing streak in the league by beating Norwich 1-0 last Saturday and then followed that up with a 4-0 Champions League victory at Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday so they might have turned a corner.
Chelsea’s Premier League record: P13 – W4 – D2 – L7
Jose Mourinho is still under pressure though and he will be seeking revenge against Spurs for their 5-3 loss at White Hart Lane back in January.
Tottenham have only won one of their last 12 games against the Blues in all competitions and will be hoping home comforts can help them beat their rivals for a second successive season.
Tottenham will be without young star Dele Alli as he will serve a one-game suspension as a result of yellow card accumulation. Moussa Dembele could therefore drop deeper in midfield, allowing Christian Eriksen to play behind Kane. Nacer Chadli and Alex Pritchard remain sidelined through injury, while Erik Lamela is a doubt after missing the midweek trip to Qarabag.
Chelsea will still be without Thibaut Courtois, though the young ‘keeper is nearing a return to action. Radamel Falcao also misses out, with John Terry a major doubt after limping off in the Blues’ win in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Cesc Fabregas and Ramires are both doubts but should be passed fit.
Tottenham’s last five: D/W/W/D/W
Chelsea’s last five: W/L/L/L/W
Key Stat: Chelsea have not won back-to-back Premier League games this season.
Key Player: Harry Kane – Impossible to overlook the English striker. He seems to thrive in London derbies and found the net twice in that 5-3 win against Chelsea last season. Expect him to be a real threat.
Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea – This is a huge game for both clubs but Spurs should just edge it as they have been excellent this season and boast the best home form in the division. Chelsea will look to trouble their rivals but having already beaten City and West Ham 4-1 at White Hart Lane, Tottenham will be confident.