Tottenham Hotspur welcome Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend in a highly-anticipated tie.
It’s the first Premier League meeting between Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard as managers after the pair previously combined as boss and player at Chelsea. It’s also Mourinho‘s first game against Chelsea since taking charge of London rivals Tottenham.
When Mourinho took charge of Tottenham they were 14th in the Premier League but now, they are fifth and could leapfrog Chelsea into the top four with a win this weekend.
Chelsea started the season well but have been experiencing a slump recently, losing four of their past five Premier League games. During his work as a pundit earlier in this season, Mourinho spoke of his worries about Chelsea, and the Blues will want to get their own back.
Read on for our Tottenham vs Chelsea preview, team news, TV coverage information and more.
When is Tottenham vs Chelsea and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Date: Sunday, 22 December 2019
Kick-off: 4:30 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Premier League & Sky Sports Main Event
Last five meetings: Tottenham vs Chelsea
27 February 2019: Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham (Premier League)
24 January 2019: Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham (Carabao Cup)
08 January 2019: Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea (Carabao Cup)
24 November 2018: Tottenham 3-1 Chelsea (Premier League)
01 April 2018: Chelsea 1-3 Tottenham (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Tottenham (LLWWW) 8-6 Chelsea (WWLLL)
Ones to watch
Tottenham: Dele Alli
Dele Alli has been wonderful since Mourinho‘s arrival at Tottenham, returning to the form that had previously seen him heralded as one of England’s best midfielders.
The 23-year-old has scored four goals in six games since Mourinho took charge and added a further two assists. Tottenham‘s game against Chelsea, then, comes at a great time for Mourinho with Alli historically enjoying facing the Blues.
Alli has scored three goals in his past two games against Chelsea with Tottenham, winning both those matches. In fact, on the three occasions Alli has scored against Chelsea in the Premier League, Tottenham have won.
Key stat: Dele Alli has scored five goals in five Premier League games against Chelsea.
A Marmite figure at Stamford Bridge, Willian has been a favourite of Lampard this season and will be key if Chelsea are to get anything from this game.
The Brazilian has scored twice and assisted three times in 16 Premier League games this season, which some fans believe isn’t good enough for the man picked to replace Eden Hazard — at least by number.
However, he has been Chelsea’s most creative winger, creating 25 chances in total — second only to Mason Mount across the rest of the team. Willian has also created 18 chances from open play, the second-highest amount of any Chelsea player in the Premier League this season.
Key stat: Willian averages 1.48 chances created from open play in the Premier League per 90 minutes this season.
#THFC: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Dier, Sissoko, Dele, Son, Lucas, Kane (C)
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 22, 2019
Today's team to play Tottenham!
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 22, 2019
Aside from the Battle of the Bridge in 2016 that sealed the Premier League title for Leicester City, there may not be a more fiery game between Tottenham and Chelsea in recent times.
Lampard will be trying to turn Chelsea’s season around and get his first win over one of the Premier League‘s top six with the Blues.
But Mourinho will undoubtedly be fuelled by his desire to be proven right, as his Tottenham are the side to push Chelsea out of the top four — justifying his “worry” comments.
Scoreline prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea
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