Tottenham meets with Chelsea in the derby match of EPL’s gameweek 5. The two London teams will enter this clash in different moods. While Spurs aren’t that thrilled to mee the European champions right now, because of a sudden drop in form and problems with injuries, the Blues are coming red-hot to Tottenham Stadium. Tuchel’s boys have been very confident since the season began, posting almost all the wins in competitive games.
Tottenham (+375) is massacred with injuries and absences, and at the moment, they have several players who are going to be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game. Among others, Son will be one of them. So, Espirito Santo is in big trouble here.
On top of that, following three wins in a row, the Spurs had two disappointing performances. The first one was on the previous Saturday, once they lost on the road to Crystal Palace, 3-0, and the second this Thursday night. Tottenham played 2-2 in the Europa League clash against Rennes in France.
These two events saw their game falling apart, especially in the defense, but that is a consequence of all those troubles with the players’ health. Otherwise, this team has one of the best midfielders in the league.
Chelsea (-125) had some trouble against Zenit, but in the end, the Blues broke down the feisty Russian champs. Wednesday’s match ended 1-0 for the hosts, who didn’t allow a goal in all but one competitive game this season.
That is something characteristic of Tuchel and his team. The German made the Blues one of the best defenses in Europe, and the tough backline was the key to their Champions League victory last year.
Since the beginning of the campaign, Chelsea has four wins and one draw and looks like a true title contender.
Tanganga is suspended after a red card, while Dier, Lo Celso, Romero, Sanchez, Sessegnon, and Son are all questionable. The South-American players are in quarantine, and Son is 50-50 to appear on Sunday.
As for Chelsea, N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic are unavailable.
Head to Head Games
The Blues have a better overall score against Tottenham. They won 73 games, 41 matches were without winners, and the Spurs have 55 victories.
These two met in August in one friendly game that ended with a draw, 2-2. In 2020, we saw one goal in 180 minutes, with Chelsea winning on the road, 0-1. Of course, the first match at Stamford ended 0-0.
Espirito Santo will set up highly conservative tactics to protect one point, hoping to strike from the counter-attack. He has a lot of problems in the lineup, which is why the Portuguese manager needs to make certain unwilling adjustments which will only make his game plan even more conservative. On the other side, Tuchel’s thoughts are very clear in such situations, and the German will rely upon strong defense as usual.
All this forces us to suggest betting on a low efficient game, meaning under 2.5 goals, with the current odds on that at -125. Also, both teams not to score is excellent for trying as well.
Pick: Under 2.5 goals -125
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