Premier League preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur entertain Chelsea at the Wembley Stadium for this weekend’s highly-anticipated London derby in the Premier League. Spurs come into the game on the back of a slender 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on the road and the result sees them occupy the fourth position in the standings with 27 points. The Blues, on the other hand, are just one point ahead of them in the third spot after playing out a rather frustrating 0-0 draw against Everton before the international break.

What happened in the previous meeting?

The last meeting between the sides was at Stamford Bridge on April Fool’s day where Spurs secured a comfortable 3-1 triumph. Alvaro Morata opened the scoring for the Blues in the derby in the 30th minute but they were pegged back before the break by a Christian Eriksen equaliser in added time. Thereafter, Spurs commanded the better chances than their cross-town rivals and Dele Alli eventually made the difference with a quick-fire brace just after the hour mark. The league victory was Spurs’ first against their cross-town rivals on the road since 1990.

Players to watch for:

Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur: Kane has continued his fine Premier League form this term and he is currently averaging a goal in every other game. The 25-year-old has generally threatened the opposition backline with his physical attributes as well as strong heading capabilities and these qualities could come to the fore against a Chelsea side whose defence has shown signs of vulnerability early on. The Blues have started with a slow tempo during the early stages of league matches and this is something which Spurs can seek to pounce upon to give themselves an edge in the derby.

Alvaro Morata – Chelsea: Eden Hazard may have stolen the headlines for the Blues during the opening months of the season but Morata remains our pick to watch for. The Spanish marksman experienced a tough start after managing just one goal from his opening eight matches but he has turned the corner since October with five goals in the space of seven appearances. In this period, he has been guilty of squandering a couple of clear-cut chances but nonetheless, he has made himself the first-choice striker for his efforts. Morata opened the scoring in the previous derby against Spurs and this should provide him the added motivation to impress.

Prediction:

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Chelsea

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