On Wednesday, the English football fan awaits a real London derby. Chelsea receives the neighbor Tottenham Hotspur on Stamford Bridge. After the lost League Cup final last Sunday (after penalties against Manchester City), Chelsea is out for rehab. Tottenham is not easy to catch and is in good shape. A new Chelsea defeat is lurking.
Chelsea has a moderate season. With a sixth place in the rankings, Maurizio Sarri's team disappoints. The Italian started the season well with five victories in a row, but the last couple of weeks are in a hurry. Of the last five league games, Chelsea lost three. Against Arsenal (2-0), Bournemouth (4-0) and Manchester City (6-0) was lost with substantial numbers. In total, The Blues have already collected 29 goals. In the 2017 championship year, Chelsea had only 33 goals in 38 games. The bizarre incident of the League Cup final is also rave. First keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be replaced to the great anger of his trainer. After the whistle, trainer Sarri even had to be kept away from his closing post. Perhaps the Italian on Wednesday therefore opts for reserve goalie Willy Caballero.
Tottenham Hotspur seemed to be heading in the right direction after a turbulent period. Due to injuries and international obligations, the flush was thin in the last few months. Dele Alli is still watching with a femur strain but striker Harry Kane is fit again and Heung-min Son has returned from the Asia cup. That gives trainer Mauricio Pochettino offensive more options and makes rotation possible. After four victories in a row, Tottenham seemed a serious threat to Liverpool and Manchester City in the battle for the national championship. Groot was the damper after the 2-1 loss at Burnley last weekend. A third place on the ranking seems to be the highest attainable this season too.
Target point machine
With Harry Kane, Tottenham has a top striker that develops every year. Every year the number of goals increases, with the highlight being 30 league goals last season. On Saturday, after an absence of four games, Kane picked up the line again by scoring against Burnley, which means the counter has now reached 15 goals. It is striking that Tottenham scored ten times more in 27 games (55 goals) than Chelsea in 26 games (45 goals). This attacking power is the deciding factor against a restless Chelsea on Wednesday evening.
Tottenham Hotspur: 3.10
Tottenham Hotspur wins with 1-2: 11.00
Both teams score: 1.70
Tottenham Hotspur scores the first goal: 2.15
Tottenham Hotspur: 3.30
Tottenham Hotspur wins with 1-2: 10.00
Both teams score: 1.64
Tottenham Hotspur scores the first goal: 2.06