The city of London will literary be on lockdown as Chelsea hope to sustain their unbeaten when the team face Tottenham in Sunday’s Premier League clash.
Chelsea are off to a fine start to the new campaign. With ten games in four points, Thomas Tuchel’s men entered the matchday as joint table-toppers, although Liverpool have since moved to the top after a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
The Blues defeated Aston Villa 3-0 last time in the league, which was followed by a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League. They will be hoping to extend that run on Sunday.
On the other hand, Tottenham made a perfect start to the new season, winning three in three in the league, but injuries hit Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad hard post the international break, leading to a shock 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace last weekend. That was followed by a 2-2 draw against Rennes in the UEFA Europa Conference League in midweek, leaving the Lilywhites under pressure to turn things around, even if it is early days in the season.
Tottenham have not been the most fluid in attack, struggling to create enough chances and having trouble putting away the ones they create. And the task will only get more difficult when they face up a defensively resolute side like Chelsea, who have hardly given away an inch to opposition so far this season.
Statistically, Tottenham have lost four of their last six Premier League London derby matches (W2), as many as they had in their previous 18 such games combined. Spurs have lost their last two such games, last losing three in a row in August 2005 – the third game of which came at home to Chelsea.
Possible starting lineup
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Emerson, Sanchez, Romero, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Skipp; Gil, Alli, Son; Kane
Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Havertz; Lukaku