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Spurs have had a tough few weeks. The 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Sunday means they’ve won just two of their last nine Premier League games. Chelsea, meanwhile, are unbeaten under their new manager. This is the third match in the 10 days since Thomas Tuchel was named Chelsea’s new boss. The Blues drew 0-0 with Wolves in his first match but Tuchel notched up his first victory with a 2-0 win over Burnley at the weekend.
Tottenham v Chelsea Recent Matchups
The score was 0-0 at Stamford Bridge when these sides met last November. But Chelsea have had the better of this fixture over the last couple of years. The Blues have won four of their last six matches against Tottenham in all competitions. Spurs’ record in this contest is better when they’re playing at home. Tottenham have won five and drawn two of their last nine home matches against Chelsea.
Tottenham v Chelsea Stats & Analysis
This match sees Jose Mourinho come up against his former employers. It’s certainly not the first time that the Portuguese boss has managed against Chelsea. This will be the 14th competitive match that Mourinho has managed against the Blues for three separate clubs. His record isn’t particularly impressive, especially in recent years. Spurs knocked Chelsea out of the League Cup on penalties in September 2020 but his last Premier League win against the Blues was almost three years ago. Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard got the goals in a 2-1 win for Manchester United.
But there is more than a small element of the unknown here. This is the first time that Jose Mourinho and Thomas Tuchel have faced off in the dugout. The German was earmarked for the Tottenham job before Mourinho ultimately ended up in North London.
On the pitch, there are plenty of issues for both men to fix. There are more than a couple of similarities between the two sides in how their seasons have progressed. They both had excellent starts to their league seasons with a particularly strong run of results. That has somewhat faded in recent months as they’ve both struggled defensively.
Spurs have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine Premier League matches. To put that into perspective, Mourinho’s men managed five in the nine games before then. Chelsea have had a similar run. Before Tuchel’s appointment, the Blues kept two clean sheets in nine matches and five in the nine before then.
Tottenham v Chelsea Bets
Tottenham are the slight outsiders here. Spurs are 12/5 to get the win and what would be Jose Mourinho’s first league victory against the Blues for almost three years. A draw is 13/5 but Chelsea are the favourites at 11/8 for Thomas Tuchel to get his first away win in the Premier League.
Chelsea have kept two consecutive Premier League clean sheets after that 2-0 win over Burnley at the weekend. They haven’t kept three straight clean sheets in the league since December 2017 but it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if they kept one here. Tottenham have scored more than one goal in just two of their last nine Premier League games. Under 2.5 total match goals here is 1/1 and under 1.5 is 11/4. It’s 21/2 for the score to finish 0-0 which wouldn’t be a huge surprise.
If there are goals then there are a couple of leading candidates on both sides. Spurs’ biggest goal threat is Heung-Min Son right now and the South Korean international is 6/1 to score the first goal of the game. At the other end, the options are a little more open. Callum Hudson-Odoi has had a good couple of matches and is 21/2 to score the first goal here.
If the Blues win it then they may have to survive until halftime. Tottenham are one of the best first-half teams in the Premier League but they tend to drop off after the interval. Spurs are down in 14th when looking just at the second halves of their matches. Chelsea are 2nd in the second-half table, just a point behind Liverpool. It’s 7/4 for Chelsea to win the second half or 11/2 for a halftime/fulltime of X/2.