Build up to the match
There is certainly no love lost whenever Tottenham Hotspur face Chelsea in the Premier League. The two London sides have been heated rivals for a long time. Indeed, every match between the two has always been intense, gritty, and exhilarating – and their upcoming meeting at Wembley will be no different.
Chelsea trampled over everybody else to become English champions last season, but Tottenham pushed the Blues and gave them a run for their money when the Lilywhites finished second. As such, both will be eager to show each other who is the better side.
Kickoff: Sunday, 20 August 2017, 04:00PM England time
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur will be without the services of full-back Danny Rose and winger Erik Lamela, both of whom nursing knee and hip injuries, respectively. Meanwhile, full-back Kieran Trippier is a doubt for this game due to lack of fitness.
Chelsea will be without the services of defender Gary Cahill and playmaker Cesc Fabregas, both of whom have been sent off during their game against Burnley last week. The Blues will also be missing wingers Pedro and Cesc Fabregas, who are both out with injuries.
W-L-L-W-W (in all competitions)
After a mediocre performance during the pre-season tour, Tottenham came back to the Premier League with a soild win against Newcastle United in the opening day of the season last week. Now, facing rivals Chelsea, Spurs will be definitely more keen to keep winning in the early days of the season to make themselves clear contenders for the title they missed winning last season.
W-L-L-L-L (in all competitions)
Chelsea have only won one of their last four pre-season matches, and their dip in form was evident in their implosion against shock winners Burnley at Stamford Bridge last week, where the visitors won 3-2. Now, facing a formidable foe in Spurs, the Blues must keep it together and ensure they show significant improvement from their performance last week if they are to manage a win against their London neighbours.
Trivia and Stats
While construction on a new stadium is underway, Tottenham Hotspur will be using Wembley as their home stadium this season after their old ground of White Hart Lane was demolished at the end of the last campaign.
This match will be the first Premier League match to be played on Wembley.
Tottenham have never scored less than 2 goals in 12 of their last 14 games in the league.
Tottenham have won their last 14 home games.
Chelsea have won 5 of their last 6 Premier League away games.
Chelsea have only lost two of their last 17 matches against Tottenham.
Match Prediction: Spurs 1-0 Chelsea