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Derbies do not come any bigger than Tottenham versus Chelsea, and Sunday’s showdown at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium presents us with unarguably the biggest game of the weekend.

Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Sunday, 22nd December
Kick-off: 17:30 UK time
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
TV Channel: Sky Sports

There will be no love lost when Jose Mourinho welcomes his former team for this Premier League cracker, and things could get feisty as both sides are looking to establish themselves in the top four.

Spurs, looking all ballsy at the moment have maintained a rather continuous move up the standings in recent weeks, and have only dropped points(vs Manchester United) in just one of their last five league games, winning four.

Their dogged approach to games was underlined when Jan Vertoghen stooped to conquer last time out, heading home a late, late winner against Wolves at the Molineux to ensure the gap to the fourth-placed Blues now stands at just three points and with a realistic chance of leapfrogging them before Christmas.

Chelsea are a stark contrast to their opposition, and have seen their title chances long fizzle out. They could even rue their run of four losses in their last five league games by the turn of the year, particularly with Spurs and United breathing down their neck for the last of the Champions League spots.

They come here on the back of a 1-0 loss to Bournemouth, after controlling large swathes of the game only to lose out to a contentious Dan Gosling effort, little thanks to VAR.

This game could have a big bearing on the race for who finishes in the top four, and so how either of these two performs here might come in handy in the long run.

Team news


No less than five players will sit out the visit of Chelsea for Mourinho’s side as Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm, Erik Lamela, Ben Davies and Tanguy Ndombele are all ruled out.


Ruben Loftus-Cheek is still listed as out for Chelsea but the duo of Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud could be cleared in time to play some part.

Head to head

This game will mark the 164th meeting between these two sides, with Chelsea winning 70 to Tottenham’s 54. 40 have ended as draws.

Match stats

Tottenham are unbeaten in their last six home games in the Premier League.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Chelsea’s last eight away games in the Premier League.

Team form

Spurs look the better side in this regard, having recorded a number of important victories leading up to this game. Tottenham’s last five matches in all competitions (WLWLW)

These are trying times at Chelsea and Frank Lampard will hope they get over their league troubles sooner rather than later. Chelsea’s last five games in all competitions(LWLWL)

Betting preview

Recent games against these two have seemed to be low goalscoring affairs, and that could yet be the case here. Chelsea will try to contain the forays of their opponents who will have the added advantage of home comfort so backing an under 2.5 outcome is priced 6/4 and has some appeal in a game which is quite difficult to call.

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I’d be reluctant to call on any potential goalscorer here, as it is likely to be a close encounter and attackers might not precisely have spaces to exploit and canter into.

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