Premier League Predictions: Chelsea and Tottenham to share spoils at Stamford Bridge - Preview, Betting tips, Team News
|Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte will go head to head on Sunday as they battle to keep their respective 100% alive. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
The Blues will welcome their former manager Antonio Conte to the Stamford Bridge Stadium on Sunday and while the Italian was the first Chelsea manager to lose to Tottenham at home, he would look to make Thomas Tuchel the second to do so.
Chelsea squeezed past Everton at Goodison Park on the opening day and would look to keep up the pace at the top after Manchester City and Arsenal recorded fine victories on Saturday, only a win against Tottenham can make that happen.
The premier league is such a tough one to negotiate and as it stands, only three perfect records would be possible by the time the final whistle goes off at Stamford Bridge with both clubs on the day on three points.
Meanwhile, the game could well end up in a stalemate.
Tottenham hammered Southampton last weekend and can bring the form into this game of huge significance.
Chelsea doesn’t look like a stable team yet and the fitness of Kalidou Koulibaly would be another concern for the German tactician.
How will they line up?
Both managers fancy defensive approach, hence a dull evening could be expected in the opening exchanges but it could get moving after the hour mark.
Both managers would like to see what the other is doing before going hard.
Chelsea will rely on experience at the back while the visitors will depend on the magic of their front three of Harry Kane, Heung Min Son and Dejan Kulusevski.
Spurs fans can also get the first glance of their new signing Richarlison who missed the opening game due to suspension.
Both sides will make good use of the flank.
Ryan Sessegnon and Emerson Royale would be the men for Tottenham in that regard while one would expect Chelsea to drive the game through Reece James and Marc Cucurella, it would be fun to watch how that plays out.
Raheem Sterling is a player to watch out for, he has points to prove and he would want to deliver for the home fans but how will he do it against the expected low block from the visitors?
Don’t be surprised to see a double pivot of Pierre Emile Hoijberg and Yves Bissouma… Conte moves mad differently remember?