Chelsea is steamrolling its opponents to start the season and the defending European champs will once again be the favorites to take care of business against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, which is getting back some key players just in time for the match.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea team is undefeated on the season thus far (3-0-1, 10 points) and will look to keep pace with Liverpool atop the Premier League. The Blues have only allowed one Premier League goal this season and it came on a penalty kick.
Tottenham (3-1-0, 9 points) started the season strong with three straight 1-0 wins to start the Premier League season under new manager Nuno Espirito Santo, but it fell 3-0 to Crystal Palace in its last outing. However, Spurs were reduced to 10 men in that match after a red card to Japhet Tanganga, and it was also missing star forward Son Heung-min and its contingent of South American starters, who were quarantining in Croatia after playing for their countries in September World Cup qualifiers. Spurs will have the trio and Son back for the derby match against Chelsea.
Tottenham will also have to contend with two fewer days of rest compared to their opponents: Chelsea played its UEFA Champions League group-stage opener at home on Tuesday (1-0 win over FC Zenit), while Spurs traveled to France to face Rennes on Thursday in a 2-2 draw that saw two more starters picking up knocks that forced them out of the match.
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Tottenham vs. Chelsea score
Tottenham vs. Chelsea live updates, highlights from Premier League match
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15th min.: What a break by Chelsea. Lukaku holds up the ball, brings Mount into it and it launches a 3-v-2. Mount gets the final shot in the box and it’s blocked.
11th min.: What a whiff by Kai Havertz! Azpilicueta serves up the perfect ball for the volley in the box, but Havertz doesn’t make contact.
10th min.: Chelsea has yet to get settled in this match so far. Tottenham are chasing and pressing and making life tough on Chelsea. Nuno Espirito Santo promised Spurs would make it tough on the European champs.
5th min.: Harry Kane takes a free kick just outside the box and it goes off the wall for a corner. It doesn’t amount to anything.
3rd min.: Tottenham with an early flurry of chances! Giovano Lo Celso incredibly misses redirecting the ball right in front of goal. And Chelsea finally clears the danger.
1st min.: We’re off. Tottenham Hotspur kick it off.
11:31 a.m.: The tribute at Tottenham Hotspur stadium for Jimmy Greaves:
11:30 a.m.: Unloved under Jose Mourinho. Irreplaceable with Nuno Espirito Santo.
10:48 a.m.: Harry Kane talked about the passing of Spurs and England legend Jimmy Greaves:
8:12 a.m.: Chelsea is heading to a stadium where it has been victorious before:
Tottenham vs. Chelsea starting lineups
Tottenham starters Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez are available after spending quarantine in Croatia following their return from South American World Cup qualifiers. Romero makes his first Premier League start.
Son Heung-min and Eric Dier reportedly didn’t train all week, but they’re both starting, while the knocks that forced Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura out of Thursday’s Conference League match are enough to keep both of them out vs. Chelsea. Spurs are already without suspended defender Japhet Tanganga and Ryan Sessegnon, who’s still battling a hamstring issue.
Tottenham starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Hugo Lloris-GK — 3-Sergio Reguilon, 15-Eric Dier, 4-Cristian Romero, 12-Emerson Royal — 18-Giovani Lo Celso, 5-Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 28-Tanguy Ndombele — 20-Delle Alli, 10-Harry Kane, 7-Son Heung-min
Tottenham subs (9): 22-Pierluigi Gollini-GK, 2-Matt Doherty, 6-Davinson Sanchez, 14-Joe Rodon, 33-Ben Davies, 29-Oliver Skipp, 8-Harry Winks, 11-Bryan Gil, 44-Dane Scarlett
By comparison, Chelsea is fairly healthy heading into this game with American Christian Pulisic being the only injury absence due to the ankle knock picked up with the U.S. national team. More bad news for Tottenham: All-terrain midfielder N’Golo Kante is back on the bench for the defending European champions. Starting goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will miss the match after sustaining an injury late against FC Zenit in the Champions League.
“Edu got a huge hit [in the last minute vs. FC Zenit] and we tried everything in the last days, but he wasn’t comfortable. Yesterday in training, we decided that if a miracle didn’t happen overnight that Kepa would play,” Tuchel said prior to the match.
Chelsea starting lineup (3-4-3, left to right): 1-Kepa Arrizabalaga-GK — 2-Antonio Rudiger, 6-Thiago Silva, 4-Andreas Christensen — 3-Marcos Alonso, 8-Mateo Kovacic, 5-Jorginho, 28-Cesar Azpilicueta — 19-Mason Mount, 9-Romelu Lukaku, 29-Kai Havertz
Chelsea subs (9): 13-Bettinelli-GK, 14-Trevoh Chalobah, 21-Ben Chilwell, Reece James, 17-Saul Niguez, 7-N’Golo Kante, 20-Callum Hudson-Odoi, 22-Hakim Ziyech, 11-Timo Werner
How to watch Tottenham vs. Chelsea
The match will only be available to fans in the USA via NBC’s Peacock streaming platform.
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