Saturday, January 16

Chelsea vs Tottenham : Preview, Team News and Probable Starting XI

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea will host former manager Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur in a mouth-watering London derby on Sunday.

Since Abramovich took over no English club has won more major trophies than Chelsea. And Mourinho was the manager for half of those. For 13 of those 16 wins, Lampard, meanwhile, was a player, scoring more goals than anyone else. Mourinho has been sacked twice by Chelsea so it will be a clash to watch out.

The injury issues in Liverpool and Manchester City’s worst start to a season has opened the door for title bid. Tottenham are flying this season as they are the league leaders while Chelsea are just 2 point behind Tottenham. Regardless of what happens on Saturday’s games, Spurs are guaranteed to have spent at least seven days at the summit this year.

It is already more than they achieved in their previous 10 seasons combined. Another Chelsea win will make for their best run against Spurs since March2002. It could also mean for the first time, Mourinho will lose three consecutive league matches against the same manager or club.

Big news for Chelsea as Pulisic is back into contention along with Kai Havertz. There are no other injury concerns for Lampard but he may face difficulties in making decisions over starting XI as likes of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Olivier Giroud also pushing for those forward places having all got themselves on the scoresheet recently.

However Mourinho has some injury issues. Toby Alderweireld is out with a groin problem. Erik Lamela is also absent while Hugo Lloris, Lo Celso and Steven Bergwijn are doubtful. Meanwhile Matt Doherty is back into contention after returning from Covid19 in Europa League.

Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Havertz, Kante, Mount; Ziyech, Abraham, Werner

Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup: Lloris; Doherty, Rodon, Dier, Reguilon; Sissoko, Hojbjerg; Son, Ndombele, Bergwijn; Kane

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