Chelsea has struggled lately. It’s no secret to anybody that the last three months for the Blues have been a struggle in the Premier League. They’ve gone from first in the table to having the same number of wins as Norwich City since the beginning of November. A drop in form was seemingly inevitable given the busy winter fixture list, but nobody saw this coming. A mixture of injuries and COVID-19 have left Thomas Tuchel with fewer options than he’s had in the past. Nevertheless, not everything has been a complete wash lately.
The reigning European Champions are into the final of the Carabao Cup following a 3-0 aggregate thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur, their opponents on Sunday. However, the weekend’s match-up could prove to be more important than any cup tie. The Blues run the risk of finding themselves in the heart of the top four race once again, even after a plethora of notable additions to the squad over the last few windows. Antonio Conte’s Spurs come into Stamford Bridge looking to close the gap between themselves and the top four spots.
Can the former Chelsea manager lead the Blues’ most hated rivals into his old stomping groups and come away with a victory?Here is how The Pride of London sees the contest playing out:
Barrett Rouen: 2-1 Chelsea
There’s not really any part of me that believes this. We’ve already beaten Tottenham three times this season and we’re in a bad way while Spurs are picking up steam. I just don’t see it being that easy to run a clean sweep over them for the entire season now that Conte is in charge. He’s not going to let them be the old-fashioned, soft-bellied Spurs that literally everyone is used to. If this was going to turn into a proper and traditional Chelsea crisis then a match against Spurs in the midst of a bad run of form would be the perfect way to do it.
Olaoluwa Nwobodo: 2-0 Chelsea
Chelsea is always in crisis mode until it isn’t anymore. A win against Spurs never fails to galvanize the team and the fans. Tuchel and his players have come under heavy scrutiny in recent times for different reasons, but one thing is clear, the team needs to start winning games again. The Blues haven’t won a league game in four contests. Chelsea had comfortable match-ups against Spurs in the EFL Cup, but that’s in the past, and it should expect new challenges now. Tuchel and his team are up to the task though.
Hugo Amaya: 1-0 Chelsea
Confidence is very low at the moment and scoring is not flowing naturally. Chelsea might have beaten Spurs comfortably in recent games, but that won’t be the case here. The Blues won’t struggle with possession, but will struggle with creating chances. Kai Havertz will give them the lead in the second half and the defense will struggle to maintain the clean sheet for the rest of the match. However, in the end, a much-needed win and a boost of confidence in some areas.
Anthony Gatt: 1-0 Chelsea
One more game before the break, which will be a relief to Tuchel and his players considering he says they are “tired” (understandably so) at the moment. Regardless, the Blues have already beat Tottenham three times this season without conceding a goal. They will hope to continue that trend on Sunday. I predict Chelsea wins 1-0 from a Jorginho penalty.
Gabe Henderson: 2-1 Chelsea
Tottenham will likely score its first goal of the season against Chelsea on Sunday. Harry Kane will probably step up—as he tends to do in big matches—and find the back of the net. Nevertheless, Eric Dier is back for Conte, which means Spurs has a mistake or two in them. Romelu Lukaku lives for big moments against the Blues’ rivals, as does Mason Mount. Those two superstars will do enough to get their side their first three points in the Premier League since the turn of the new year as Stamford Bridge gets to witness a massive result.
Kevin Peacock: 2-0 Chelsea
The law of averages perhaps says Tottenham wins this. However, the same rule would suggest Lukaku is due a goal or two. The Blues are at home and have been poor at the Bridge, advantage to the Lilywhites. Conte’s team is in the top half of the table, Tuchel’s side performs better against the better sides, and so the pendulum swings. The match definer though is Spurs’ propensity to be Super Spursey.
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