Chelsea hosts Tottenham Hotspur at the Stamford Bridge in a really nice London derby from the 10th round of the Premier League. Let’s give it a good look in our preview.
Two contenders for the Premier League title are facing each other. At this moment just two points separate them in the standings. Tottenham are leaders with 20 points while Chelsea are third with 18 points. Depending on some other results Chelsea would even top the league if they beat Spurs on Sunday.
Three wins in their last three matches – this is Chelsea’s solid shape in the Prem lately. Last weekend Frank Lampard’s team had a visit to Newcastle United which they won 2-0. Newcastle’s Fernandez scored himself an early own goal while in the 65th minute Tammy Abraham scored a second one for the Blues. It was a good game for Lampard’s team.
During the week Chelsea claimed another win, but in the Champions League. The Blues faced Rennes in France and acheived a 2-1 win.
Tottenham Hotspur are leaders in the Premier League with 20 points won so far. They are on par with the champion Liverpool, but a better goal difference puts them on top.
Last weekend Spurs faced Manchester City at home and reminded us how good they are with a 2-0 win. Son Heung-Min and Giovani Lo Celso scored for Jose Mourinho’s team.
During the week Tottenham recorded their 5th consecutive win in all competitions. The Londoners faced Ludogorets in Europa League and didn’t have any problems to take a 4-0 win. Carlos Vinicius scored twice for Tottenham while Winks and Lucas Moura scored as well.
That’s our preview for the Premier League derby clash between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. We expect some fireworks here because these two teams are among the title contenders this season. Let’s see what they are going to offer us.
Tottenham started the 2020/21 season with a defeat against Everton in the Premier League, but since then they are unbeaten in four consecutive games in all competitions. In two of them they achieved wins in Europa League.
In the third qualifying round of the competition Tottenham traveled to North Macedonia to face Shkendija. Erik Lamela opened the score for Spurs, but Valjmir Nafiu equalised for the Macedonians. Tottenham needed two goals from Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane in order to eliminate their opponent.
On Tuesday, just two days before, Spurs will face Chelsea in a match from the Carabao Cup. It’d be interesting to see how the manager Jose Mourinho will deal with playing two matches in the matter of two days. Most certainly he will be making some rotations of the line-up.
Maccabi Haifa had a very difficult task in the third round, but they still found a way to progress in the competition. The Israeli team traveled to Russia to face Rostov and achieved a 2-1 win away from home. Rostov opened the score after just 9 minutes of playing, but Maccabi turned the game around with goals from Rukavytsya and Abu Fani. This is how they reached the playoffs of the competition.
In the Israeli Ligat Ha’al Maccabi Haifa have played two games so far and they are leading the standings with 6 points.
We expect to see Tottenham Hotspur serious about reaching the group stage of Europa League. This competition is not a priority for the English club, but it’d be good to qualify for the next stage. They must be careful with Maccabi Haifa, though – the Israeli team proved its class during their visit to Russia.
Being hurt by too many injury problems, Tottenham Hotspur didn’t play their best Champions League game against RB Leipzig two weeks ago. The German side won the game with 1-0 after a penalty kick, scored by their star striker Timo Werner. After the game Spurs’ manager Jose Mourinho likened his team to “a gun with no bullets”.
Tottenham are currently without their two best strikers Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, which is a huge problem for the Portuguese manager. In the first leg against Leipzig he put Dele Alli and Lucas Moura upfront, but both of them are not really pure strikers. Mourinho was right – he really didn’t have much of a choice in attack.
RB Leipzig on the other hand did what they had to do – they defended well and scored a crucial away goal which guaranteed them the win. But on Tuesday they must be cautious – Tottenham are hurt, but they are still in the competition. Jose Mourinho is a tactician with a vast experience, so we won’t be surprised if he creates some unique plan to turn the tie in his team’s favour.
Except Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min who we already mentioned, Moussa Sissoko and Juan Foyth remain sidelined for Tottenham. In the same time RB Leipzig’s manager Julian Nagelsmann can’t use Kevin Kampl, Tyler Adams, Ibrahima Konate and Willi Orban who are all injured at the moment.
Can Tottenham Hotspur survive in the Champions League against RB Leipzig? That’s the pretty good question we must ask now. Spurs lost the first game at home, but they have 90 minutes to turn things in their favour.
Southampton welcomes Tottenham Hotspur in a match from the 30th round of the Premier League.
It’s not an easy situation for Southampton at the moment. The Saints are currently 17th in the league standings with 27 points won, being just 2 points above the 18th Cardiff City and the relegation zone. The team surely needs to be as good as possible until the end of the season in order to guarantee itself survival.
In their last five games in the league Southampton won only once, made one draw and suffered three losses. One of these losses came in the last round against Manchester United. The Saints were close to winning a point, but they suffered a dramatic 2-3 loss at the Old Trafford. Romelu Lukaku scored a late winner for United in the 88th minute. Before this Yann Valery and James Ward-Prowse scored in David de Gea’s net.
Meanwhile Tottenham are 3rd in the Premier League standings with 61 points won so far. Spurs have a record of 20 wins, 1 draw and 8 losses in their games so far. Right now Tottenham have 3 points advantage in front of the 4th Manchester United.
In the previous round Tottenham made their first draw for the season. It happened in the big derby of North London against Arsenal. The game at the Wembley ended with a 1-1 draw. Aaron Ramsey opened the score for the Gunners, but Harry Kane equalised for Spurs from a penalty kick.
During the week Tottenham had a game in the Champions League as well. Spurs managed to beat Borussia Dortmund for a second time, qualifying for the 1/4-finals of the competition.
That’s what we had to say about the Premier League game between Southampton and Tottenham at the St. Mary’s. Good luck!