Preview and Prediction
This is the most anticipated match this weekend when Chelsea encounters the leader of the standings, Tottenham. It is a match of student-mentor all over again as Frank Lampard is facing off his former manager in Chelsea during The Special One’s first spell (2004-2007). Both sides have known each other from personal to tactical approach. It is the mentality and creativity which will play the bigger role here.
The teams’ previous games
The Blues secured another win on the away fixture of Champions League in the midweek when they thumped Rennes 2-1. Callum Hudson-Odoi netted an opener before Serhou Guirassy equalised. Yet, the late goal of Olivier Giroud put them back on the lead and ensured the three points were back on their hand. This win also sealed their place to the round of 16.
Spurs also sealed a win on Thursday when hosting Ludogorets. They crushed them 4-0. The Brasilian forward Carlos Vinicius bagged a brace while the remaining two goals were scored by Harry Winks and Lucas Moura. It was their third victory in the group stage.
Frank Lampard’s squad has been fairly fit. He would be easily deploying various formations, but the most likely one is 3-4-2-1 when they are taking on the high profile teams with the transformation to 4-3-3 when necessary. Timo Werner would be leading their attack from the flank while Tammy Abraham is the targetman. Mason Mount will be operating behind him or playing wide. Another option on the attack is Hakim Ziyech.
Mourinho is likely to stick to his 4-2-3-1 formation with Harry Kane leading the attack supported by Son Heung Min, Gareth Bale and Tanguy Ndombele. The only concern of him might be the injury of Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela. The scorer in their previous Premier League outing against Manchester City, Giovanni Lo Celso could also provide an option on the second half.
Players to watch
The Blues’ top performers are their new signings, Ben Chilwell and Timo Werner, while Kai Havertz are still struggling to find his place with the London side. Another key man to focus on is Tammy Abraham.
Spurs’ current top scorer this season, the Korean international Son Heung-Min is more likely to be back on the score sheet. He has bagged ten goals and provided three assists in all competition so far, while Harry Kane is the top assist provider with nine assists plus registering seven goals this season. Another notable name to watch is Lucas Moura or Giovanni Lo Celso.
Chelsea vs Tottenham Prediction
Spurs and the Blues will certainly be trading attacks and decent chances. So it will be tough to decide a winner here, especially with Edouard Mendy between the sticks. Yet, Harry Kane and Son will be fitter as they were rested in the midweek, while Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham were still in the starting IX. Mourinho’s men might have a shot to snatch a narrow win here.