Chelsea and Tottenham meet this Sunday at Stamford Bridge, in the derby of the English Premier League‘s Week 10. Jose Mourinho comes back “home,” but he won’t have the Blues’ fans opposite him in this match. That is no doubt a loss for all the fans, who love his shows and mind games. After all, the Portuguese is the maestro for all these situations. Still, his former club is looking astonishing recently, smashing and bashing every opponent that stood in their way. Tottenham, too, is in tremendous form, and if you didn’t notice, the Spurs are topping the league right now. We have everything needed for a true EPL showdown.
Chelsea (+260) has six wins in a row, which is something that never happened under Lampard until now. Yet, this isn’t the only new feature the Blues introduced. Their defense is one of the best in England, keeping clean sheets seven times in the past ten matches.
Meanwhile, Chelsea has been ferocious at home, scoring 20 times in the past six games, regardless of the competition. During that stretch, Lampard’s crew didn’t concede in four events.
The front line is slowly creating chemistry, and as time goes by, they will be even better. With all the new players after this summer’s transfer window, Lampard had some troubles while finding the balance, but it seems that it isn’t the case anymore.
Tottenham (+105) has five straight wins, and if it weren’t for that loss in the Europa League against Antwerp on the road, they wouldn’t lose for 16 consecutive events. That defeat in Belgium came with a mixed lineup, so we shouldn’t take it so seriously.
There haven’t been many teams with five wins in the first five road matches of the campaign, and the Spurs have a superb chance of becoming one.
In the previous three events, Lloris and his teammates kept their net intact, and it seems that slowly Tottenham begins to tighten up its defense and look like a genuine Mourinho-led unit.
After a long time, Chelsea doesn’t have any problems with injuries, and all the Blues’ players are ready for this clash.
Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela are the only two guys who won’t be eligible to play on Tottenham’s side.
Head to Head Matches
The Blues have a better record when looking at the entire history, with 72 wins, opposite to 55 posted by the Spurs. Forty contests ended without winners.
There was one match this season, in the English Football League Cup, and it ended 1-1, but Tottenham advanced on penalties. Regarding last year’s events, Chelsea triumphed in both, 2-1 at home and 0-2 on the road.
With Tottenham first and Chelsea third, this match brings an additional significance. It way bigger than the local rivalry, as it now influences the entire title race in the EPL. Because of that, both Lampard and Mourinho will be extra careful. The already tough defense will be secured even more. A moderate efficiency here, 2 or 3 goals, is the best possible choice from our point of view. Odds on that currently sit at +100.
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