Date: 30th March 2018 at 7:56pm
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I find the game on Sunday pretty difficult to predict because of the inconsistency of our opponents.

Certainly Chelsea have performed a lot worse this season, and it’s clear all is not well at the club, but they are always up for the big games, and this is a big one for both them and us.

We can go eight points clear with a win, and it would go along way to securing a top four finish. So what are the areas we need to look out for at the weekend?

1. Son Against Christensen

The Blues defender is still a relative novice in the Premier League and has made a number of mistakes in recent months. He also struggled a bit against Harry in the first game at Wembley earlier this season

If, as expected, Pochettino opt to play our South Korean through the middle, the Dane could be in for a torrid time. His pace and work rate are going to cause major issues for the relatively inexperienced centre half

2. The Midfield Battle

Conte went with three holding midfielders in Bakayoko, Kante and David Luiz in the last league game, and the ploy did work for a significant portion of the match, restricting the space in between the lines for Christian Eriksen in particular.

With the Italian under pressure to get a win, it’s unlikely he’ll do the same this time around, and I would expect both our no.23 and Dele to get some joy with some space in the middle in front of their back three. They are nowhere near as defensively sound as last season so we could have some joy creating chances.

3.Using Dele Out Wide

Remember those two crosses for our no.20 to head in last season? Poch could well employ a similar tactic with Cesar Azpilicueta remaining in a centre back role this season.

It maybe an unsubtle manoeuvre, but it has proved effective in the past so it could be something our manager considers once again.

With the Blues needing a win, I would predict this to be a pretty open contest. However, with an Italian manager in the other dugout, he may still play conservatively. We’ll just have to wait and see.

What will the result be against Chelsea? Let me know in the poll.

 

145 Replies to “3 Things To Look Out For When Spurs Face Chelsea”

  • I’ll go for a draw as it’s away – standard practise even for Man City – draw away to your main rivals. We could win then again we could lose, we’ve not played together for 2 weeks, 3 weeks in the league so we’ll be a bit rusty, we’re missing a lot of players due to fitness issues and it’s away to perennial beaters Chelski so to come away with a draw would be a good result anything more than that would be amazing.

  • We’re only missing two players through injury, EJ. Winks and Kane. And there’s even a slim chance that Harry may at least be on the bench, although that seems unlikely to me… Also, it’s not just the full Spurs team that have not played together in that time. It’s the same for Chelsea.

    Most of the players that have been on International duty shouldn’t be rusty, as most of them have played. They have all been training of course, throughout the PL break and then all back together at Enfield for most of this past week, as well. (Toby may also be in the squad)…

    Chelsea themselves also have a couple of doubts at this time. Courtois and Christensen may have to drop out. That probably would mean that along with Caballero in goal, Cahill will also have to step up. Which means that the so called novice (of the article), Christensen, is then replaced with the vastly experienced but recently out of favour, Gary Cahill.

    Anyway, apart from all these uncertainties, both clubs will still be fielding strong line-ups with a lot of very talented players on show.

    Tottenham will of course want to win this match as much as any other and increase our distance between them and 5th place. But, Chelsea probably need this more than we do. It should make for a tough and maybe quite tense affair.

    But, my money is on a famous Spurs victory and a miserable looking Conte (He always looks sad), in contrast to a triumphant Pochettino.

  • As for the PL today; Can the Eagles get a home win v the Liver-birds? I think they can. Can the Swans beat the prawn sandwich brigade at Old Trafford? Probably not…

  • Long awaited win at the Bridge would be very welcome but but even a draw would be a good result for me. Some of the longer serving Chelsea players will no doubt want to put in a performance in honour of Ray Wilkins. Wish him all the best for a full recovery, has always come across as a decent bloke to me.

    On another note……….the new stadium is starting to look really amazing now that the roof lift has been completed and all of the hydraulic pipes are being removed. Lots of seating now being installed on the top tier of the east stand in addition to those already on the same tier of the north stand. Still can’t see it being completed in time for the opening of the new season though.

  • It’s a shame for avid viewers like myself that many of the live cameras are working so inconsistently at the moment with so much going on.

  • TQ2Spurs, Whenever we get to play our first game at the new ‘Lane’, Wembley will possibly/ironically still feel more like a home from home for a few matches. And, especially after lifting the FA cup there, against Pochettinos former PL club… 🙂

  • Just noticed thay have started installing the seating on the top tier of the west stand this morning as well.,

  • TQ2 …. I’m just hoping they forget to remove the cameras when we start playing in our new stadium!

  • This game is all about ‘on the day’! On their day, Chelsea could win 4-0. On our day, we could win 4-0. If both teams have a good day it could be 4-4! Gotta love football.

  • …And the cranes! That would be a little like watching Spurs play with half a team of Peter Crouches bending down awkwardly to see where all his other team mates are.

  • Are we not looking at any more midfield generals or maestros or wonders, today? And, have we now run out of young, up and coming (with loads of potential) centre backs to mention? … Do our scouts ever get time off for good behaviour?

  • Let?s just win and nail our place as London?s no 1 team for the opening of the new stadium 0-1 will do it ( Harry Kane one team coys )

  • Not sure if we’ll be able to fit the 157 midfielders already on their way into our squad …. not to mention the other positions we’re bringing in as reinforcements. Apparently it’s a numbers game?

  • HT………….what gets me is the talk is always about possible replacements for Toby if he leaves. Do we not already have Sanchez playing well as his injury replacement plus a Foyth, CCV (albeit out on loan) and when necessary Dier, who are all (as far as I am aware) right sided centre backs? Nobody ever speculates or mentions bringing in a proper left-sided centre back as back up/future replacement for Vertonghen.

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