Defending Champions Chelsea travel to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the first series of London Derby between the sides this season.
Video Preview : Tottenham vs Chelsea
As Tottenham look forward to another London derby this weekend, Tony Evans joined Jamie Banks to discuss whether Spurs can seriously challenge for the Premier League title this season.
Team Form Guide : Tottenham vs Chelsea
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham are on a solid run in the Premier League this season side are coming off an impressive 4-1 home over fellow Londoners West Ham. Since losing 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season, Spurs have now undefeated in 12 straight Premier League games. Their home record this season reads 4 wins and 3 draws in 7 games.
They currently stay 5th place in the league table with 24 points, just 4 points behind league leaders Leicester City and a win here can possibly sneak them into top four depending on the other results.
Chelsea have notched up a a much needed 1-0 home win against Norwich last weekend after a string of disappointing defeats this season. The win marked was only their third this season and Jose Mourinho’s men currently sit 15th in the league table with 12 points, 12 points behind a top 4th placed Arsenal. Their away form is much of a worry this season and have won only once from 6 outings.
Head-to-Head : Tottenham vs Chelsea
Tottenham hold a terrible record against their London rivals Chelsea in recent times and has only one win to their name in 12 encounters. But the head-to-head record at White Hart Lane reads 1 win each and 3 Draws.
In the same fixture in Premier League at White Hart Lane, the fans witnessed a thrilling encounter with Spurs emerging eventual winner by a 5-3 scoreline, which marked their first win in 10 competitive matches against Cheslea.
Despite the records, Tottenham has turned into a real force this season and considering Chelsea’s struggles, the stats may little impact on the outcome of Sunday evening.
Tottenham : Team News
Dele Alli is suspended for derby and Christian Eriksen may fit into the number 10 role. Alex Pritchard and Nacer Chadli will miss out due to injury. Erik Lamela, who is missed the midweek Europa League match against Qarabag, is deemed fit to feature on Sunday.
Tottenham : Predicted Line-Up
Chelsea : Team News
Thibaut Courtois and Falcao are out injured while John Terry will be forced to sit out after suffering an ankle problem against Maccabi Tel Aviv. In his absebnse, Kurt Zouma will partner Gary Cahill at centre-back.
Ramires and Fabregas are doutful due to their respective injuries, but both the players are likely to pass fitness before the kick-off.
Chelsea : Predicted Line-Up
Chelsea have finally managed to end their bad run of results with a 1-0 win over Norwich, which was followed by a 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the mid-week. The two wins in a row might have helped to boost the team morale, but they are yet to come together and put on a convincing display.
The emphatic 4-1 win over West Ham last time out has extended Spurs unbeaten run to 12 games and they will be brimming with confidence when they host the defending champions. Judging by their current form, Spurs may have what it takes to secure all three points on Sunday evening.
This might not be considered as an upset because Chelsea are going into the match as clear underdogs.