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Chelsea vs. Tottenham – London Derby Preview


One of most interesting games of week 29 in English Premier League is without doubt game between Chelsea and Tottenham, Chelsea who are the current leaders of Premiership with 63 pts will face off against currently fifth placed Tottenham.

Jose Mourinho squad is looking strong this season; they are currently undefeated in their last 23 home league games.

For Tottenham we can say that this is the “last train” to try involving them into race for title.

Currently they are 10 points behind Chelsea, so if they lose in this game their title dream will probably be over.

Chelsea Info: 

We already said that Chelsea is looking good this season; last defeat that they suffered in league was in December last year against Stoke (3-2). Since then they have gone 13 games unbeaten in league. For this game Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will not have any new injury problems, the only one that will be missing is young Netherland midfielder Marco van Ginkel.

Young Belgium star Eden Hazard is without doubt the best Chelsea player this season. He is leading the table in all groups, he is currently best rating player, best scorer and player with most assist in his team.

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This season Chelsea have been playing in 4-2-3-1 formation, with the new comer Samuel Eto’o or Fernando Torres acting as lone striker. Both of these two players are having almost similar appearance, but since Torres started in last two games it is possible that Mourinho will surprise Tottenham by putting Eto’o in as as Toress replacement.

Chelsea Tactic
Chelsea Tactic

Tottenham Info:
For Tim Sherwood’s squad we can say that they are playing (like that Katy Perry song) “Hot and Cold”. They surprise us with some great performances, but then in the next game they show poor performance. Maybe that is the reason that they got the worst goal difference from first five teams in Premiership at (+4).

Tottenham injury list is pretty long (currently 8 players), but from those 8 players five could be ready and start against Chelsea.

Three players that will not be in squad vs. Chelsea are Erik Lamela, Etienne Capoue and Vlad Chiriches.

While Christian Eriksen, Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Ezekiel Fryers are doubtful to start in this game, all though it’s expected that Eriksen will be ok for this game.

Tottenham has got a lot of problems with their left side of defence since both of their starters are under question mark make an appearance.

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Togolese Emmanuel Adebayor and Belgian Moussa Dembele are the club’s best performing players this season; Adebayor is also the best goal scorer with 8 goals so far.

Spain forward Roberto Soldado has  the most assists with 4 so far.

With the appointed of Tim Sherwood as the new head coach, Tottenham started to change their tactics. With “little Mourinho” Andre Villas-Boas Tottenham playing mostly 4-2-3-1 while Sherwood if preferring 4-4-2 and 4-3-3.

It is likely that in this game Tottenham will go out in 4-3-3 tactic:

Tottenham Tactic
Tottenham Tactic

Head to head for these two teams is pretty straight forward. Maybe the only info that we need to write in this section is this: “Chelsea are undefeated from their last 16 home games against Tottenham!”

Last win for Tottenham was in 2010, when they beat Chelsea with 2-1 at White Hart Lane.

From their last six games Chelsea has won two of them and four ended in draw.

One more thing that maybe be of interest is that in the last six games there has been 20 goals scored.

That brings us with little more than 3 goals per game. We can only hope that they will continue this trend and we will see a lot of goals in this game.

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This game will be played on Saturday at 18:30 CET.

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