- Tottenham will clash with their capital rivals Chelsea for the first time in 2021
- Tottenham have not won against Chelsea since September 2020
- Only one point separates the teams in the Premier League table
Tottenham will play host to their city rivals, Chelsea, on Sunday, September 19, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in the fifth round of the 2021/22 Premier League season. The Spurs enter this match off a devastating 0-3 loss against Crystal Palace and will look to bounce back against the Blues, who have yet to taste defeat this season.
Beating Chelsea has never come easy for Tottenham, and it doesn’t help that they will face an improved version of the roster that won the 2021 UEFA Champions League. However, with a new coach in Nuno Espírito Santo, the hosts should feel hopeful about their chances to cause an upset.
Tottenham vs Chelsea Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: Premier League
- Teams: Chelsea F.C. at Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
- Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England
- Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021
- Betting Odds: Tottenham +380 | Draw +270 | Chelsea -140 (at PointsBet)
Tottenham Preview: Injury Concerns for Santos
Tottenham have had injury concerns this season, albeit their situation has become far worse, as Spurs lost more players on Thursday in their Europa Conference League campaign at Rennes. Tottenham came away from their trip to France with a 2-2 draw and two fresh injuries in Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn, who will join Song Heung-min and Eric Dier on the sidelines.
At the same time, Nuno Espirito Santo won’t be able to count on Japhet Tanganga, who has to serve his suspension. On a more positive note, Giovani lo Celso, Davinson Sanchez, and Cristian Romero should return, while Son and Dier might be able to help their side on Sunday, albeit their participation remains doubtful.
Chelsea Preview: Fresh Off a Hard-Fought Victory
Chelsea are fresh off a 1-0 victory against Zenit St. Petersburg, who they beat on Thursday, with the help of Romelu Lukaku’s 69’ minute goal. It was a well-deserved win for the west Londoners; however, they had to work hard to penetrate the Russian defense.
It’s also worth pointing out that Zenit had a chance to snatch a point, so it wasn’t like the defending UEFA Champions League champions were in full control of the match. Thomas Tuchel also introduced some changes for that bout and gave his star players in Mason Mount, Reece Hames, Andreas Christensen, and Cesar Azpilicueta a chance to rest, so they should be ready to take on the stubborn Tottenham this weekend.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This Premier League Game
Even though Tottenham haven’t beaten Chelsea since last September, they traditionally do well against the Blues while playing at home. Still, Chelsea have been playing well on the road this season, having picked up wins in their last two trips, and have come out on top in both of their previous two Premier League visits to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (2-0, 1-0).
Tottenham are 8-0-2 across their last ten league games at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which includes six clean sheets. However, it’s unlikely that they’ll manage to emulate that success due to injuries, which should also negatively affect Tottenham’s effectiveness in the attack.
That’s hardly inspiring, considering Tottenham are averaging 9.5 shots on goal in the Premier League, which is the lowest average for the club in the competition. In contrast, Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in over 60% of their matches under Tuchel, which won’t do any favors to Spurs’ iffy showings in the final third.
Considering how these teams like to play, goals should be scarce on Sunday, which makes Under 2.5 goals an appealing bet. Unders have hit in five of the pair’s eight Premier League fixtures of the season, as teams have averaged only 2.00 goals per game so far.
Chelsea should win, but I don’t expect to see many goals.
Tottenham vs Chelsea Pick
- KnupSports.com Free Betting Pick: Under 2.5 goals -135
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