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Free soccer tips, best bets and analysis for Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday.

where to watch

Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, 4:30 p.m. Sunday

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1pt 7-10 general

Team News

chelsea
Ben Chilwell, Reece James and Trevor Chalobah are still out through injury and Eduoard Mendy is at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Tottenham
Antonio Conte says Spurs will assess two anonymous players before kick-off, but Eric Dier is back in contention. Heung-Min Son and Cristian Romero remain on the sidelines.

Match Preview

Chelsea’s Premier League title challenge has crumbled in recent weeks and they still have work to do in the race for a top-four spot.

Champions League qualification no longer seems a certainty for the Blues and they must be aware of the threat posed by Sunday’s opponents Tottenham, who are eight points behind them but four games less.

Chelsea are used to beating Spurs in the Premier League era and it’s hard to reconcile their dominance of recent EFL semi-final clashes, winning 3-0 on aggregate, with the Premier League table. League which suggests a much narrower gap between the sides. .

Spurs were totally outclassed in the first leg of this month’s semi-final at Stamford Bridge, losing the game 2-0 and the shot count 19-5, and should find significant improvement if they are to overturn the steam.

They could be stronger at the back with centre-back Eric Dier set to play for the first time since New Year’s Day, but their attacking options are reduced by the continued absence of Heung-Min Son, who won’t be involved only after the international. Pause.

With Son out of the equation, the blame lies firmly with Harry Kane, who has improved his performance levels by scoring in four of his last five Premier League appearances.

Chelsea will be careful to limit the serve to Kane, but their main objective will be to put themselves forward and expose a suspicious Tottenham defence.

Thomas Tuchel’s side were oddly subdued in their 1-1 draw at Brighton on Tuesday and have now gone four league games without a win for the first time since the German’s appointment in January last year.

Tuchel cited fatigue as a contributing factor to the disappointing performance at the Amex, despite having the advantage of a massive squad and having quality options galore with the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic and Mateo Kovacic hoping for recalls at the start. line up.

A mental reset is probably more needed than a physical break, and a London derby against Tottenham looks tailor-made to get Chelsea’s juices flowing.

Chelsea are generally highly motivated against Spurs and often start with a bang – taking the lead within 25 minutes of six of the last eight encounters.

Tottenham are progressing under Conte and have likely learned from each of their January cup defeats, but they still look a long way from challenging the top teams and could face a reality check this weekend.

Key stat

Chelsea have won their last four matches against Tottenham.

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Penalty taker Jorginho
Free kick assistant Marcos Alonso
Aerial threat on set piece Antonio Rudiger
card magnet Marcos Alonso

Tottenham

Penalty taker Harry Kane
Free kick assistant
Eric Dier
Aerial threat on set piece
davinson sanchez
card magnet
Olivier Skipp


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FIRST PUBLICATION ON JANUARY 22, 2022 AT 10:55 AM

Ruth J. Leeds