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Both teams will be going for the win and that should result in an entertaining encounter.
Back over 2.5 goals and both teams to score
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With Tottenham Hotspur hoping to battle it out with Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title this season, there would be no better way to deliver an early statement of intent than by beating Chelsea this weekend. The Blues will also be striving to keep pace with the division’s top two this term, having fallen away around the midway point of the campaign in 2021/22.
But the main reason why a victory at Stamford Bridge this weekend would make neutrals and rivals sit up and take notice is that Spurs have a wretched record against their upcoming opponents, particularly away from home. It will be up to Antonio Conte to show that this Tottenham team is unaffected by the club’s recent history, which has seen the north Londoners go 14 years without a trophy (their last piece of silverware, the EFL Cup, was secured by beating Chelsea in the final).
The Blues beat Tottenham four times last season. They have won each of the last five meetings between the pair in all competitions, and have lost only one of the last 11. A 3-1 success in April 2018 remains the only time in 30 attempts that Tottenham have triumphed in a Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge. Their next most recent victory at the home of Chelsea was 22 and a half years ago. SW16, it is fair to say, has not been a happy hunting ground for Tottenham in the modern era.
Conte’s men got the season off to the perfect start with a convincing 4-1 win against Southampton last weekend. Spurs conceded the first goal but that proved to be a minor setback, and they went on to dominate the rest of the game. Sunday’s showdown will be a much stiffer test of their title credentials.
Chelsea were far from their best on matchday one, but they did not need to be in order to beat Everton. A Jorginho penalty in the first half proved to be the difference between the two teams at Goodison Park, but it always felt like Thomas Tuchel’s team could have moved through the gears if they needed to. It was an accomplished display from a team that was arguably underestimated going into the campaign.
Chelsea finished third last season. It is true that they did not get close to the top two, with Liverpool amassing 18 more points and Manchester City a further one ahead. But the Blues were top at the beginning of December, and their campaign was in large part derailed by injuries to key players (most notably the first-choice wing-backs, Reece James and Ben Chilwell) and the turbulence that followed the enforced exit of long-serving owner Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea have improved their squad over the summer, bringing in Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella. Antonio Rudiger’s exit was a blow, but the losses of Romelu Lukaku and Andreas Christensen should be weathered without too much trouble. Despite the off-field noise, Chelsea are still in good shape. They will be looking to remind the rest of the Premier League of their enduring strength on Sunday.
Manchester City and Liverpool are, for good reason, the strong favorites to win the title this term. It is more probable that Chelsea and Tottenham will contend for the top four than the ultimate prize, but that is not to say that either team is incapable of competing with City and Liverpool, at least for a portion of the season. If Pep Guardiola’s side or Jurgen Klopp’s charges are not at their relentless best this season, Chelsea and Spurs are the outfits most likely to take advantage.
Sunday’s clash will therefore provide an early (but not definitive) measure of where the two London clubs are at. In some ways it is a bigger game for Tottenham than Chelsea, since the former have more to prove when it comes to competing for silverware. Conte is one of the best managers in the world, but his career to date shows he does not tend to stick around in one place for too long. Spurs must take full advantage of his excellence before he moves on, which could be as early as next summer.
Both teams will be going for the win on Sunday, but we recommend finding an alternative to betting the moneyline. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals looks like the best option. With Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Dejan Kulusevski, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Sterling on the pitch, we fancy the two attacks to come out on top.
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|Teams||Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur|
|Location||Stamford Bridge, London, England|
|Time||Sunday, 14 August 2022, 11.30AM EST|
|How to watch||USA Network, fuboTV|
Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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