A mouth-watering 2022/23 Premier League second-round fixture pits Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.
Sunday’s all-London showdown sees the two sides looking to build on respective matchday-one triumphs.
Despite a pretty uneventful attacking showing at Goodison Park last time out, Thomas Tuchel’s team downed out-of-sorts Everton 1-0, courtesy of Jorginho’s first-half penalty.
On the other hand, Antonio Conte’s men picked themselves up from an early deficit to dismantle Southampton 4-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and get the new season off to a flying start.
Both clubs secured a top-four Premier League finish last season.
However, Chelsea’s disappointing transfer window so far seems to have derailed their chances of claiming another third-place finish.
While losing long-serving centre-back pairing Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, Tuchel has been able to lure only Kalidou Koulibaly to plug defensive holes at the Bridge.
Marc Cucurella’s arrival from Brighton & Hove Albion could throw Ben Chilwell’s place in the first team into jeopardy, though.
The most expensive signing in Chelsea’s history, Romelu Lukaku, re-joined Inter Milan on a season-long loan following a dreadful comeback season in west London.
And while the Pensioners have struggled for high-profile signings, other than Raheem Sterling, Spurs have strengthened their squad with the likes of Richarlison, Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet and Yves Bissouma.
Brought in as the second-most expensive signing in Tottenham’s history, Richarlison could make his Premier League debut for Spurs after serving a one-game ban against Southampton last time out.
While waiting for further reinforcements, Tuchel will be looking to extend Chelsea’s solid seven-game unbeaten Premier League streak against Tottenham (W6, D1).
But without Christensen and Rudiger, the Blues’ backline that conceded just once during that seven-game stretch will be under tremendous pressure to fend off the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
It’s also worth noting that Tuchel’s men have suffered two defeats in their last three Premier League London derbies at home (W1), as many as in their previous 17 at the Bridge (W12, D3).
Spurs’ demolition of Southampton on the opening weekend made it four Premier League on the trot for Conte’s high-flyers, who scored 13 goals and conceded just once in that run.
A piece of history is up for grabs for Tottenham as they can become the third side to smash a 100-win milestone in the London derbies after Arsenal and Chelsea.
But they have picked up just one triumph in their last 37 visits to Stamford Bridge across all competitions (D12, L24), casting doubt on their chances of making history on Sunday.
Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur Potential Line-ups
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Edouard Mendy; Thiago Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly, Trevoh Chalobah; Marc Cucurella, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Recce James; Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling; Kai Havertz.
Tottenham Hotspur (3-4-3): Hugo Lloris; Eric Dier, Cristian Romero, Davinson Sanchez; Matt Doherty, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur, Ryan Sessegnon; Dejan Kulusevski, Son Heung-min, Harry Kane.
How to Watch?
Chelsea vs Tottenham, alongside all other fixtures in England’s top flight, is available to watch online via Premier League live streams.
Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur Prediction
Chelsea’s formidable home run against Tottenham is probably the only positive for Tuchel’s lads ahead of the kick-off.
Spurs produced arguably the most eye-catching performance of all Premier League sides last weekend and will be hellbent on delivering another one here.
The odds may be stacked against them, but we back the visitors to take home all three points.
Chelsea 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
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