Match Preview: Tottenham vs Chelsea – Team news, history and match details

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Tottenham play their part in what is set to be the main fixture of the weekend when they host London rivals, Chelsea, this afternoon. 

Both sides enter the fixture on differing paths of form with Spurs, despite being the home side, looking to secure another scalp at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after their opening day win against Manchester City. 

Spurs enter the London derby clash on the back of a miserable 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend and a rather fortunate 2-2 draw at Rennes in the Europa Conference League in midweek. 

As for visitors Chelsea, things have been slightly more plain sailing, with star signing Romelu Lukaku hitting a good patch of scoring form to help extend the unbeaten run of Thomas Tuchel’s side in the Premier League.

It looks as though Spurs have it stacked against them, but as with all London derbies, anything can happen on the day.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of the always eagerly anticipated clash in north London.

Where and how to watch 

Date: Sunday 19 September 

Kick-Off: 16:30 (BST)

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 

TV: Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League (UK) 

Referee: Paul Tierney 


Last Five Meetings 

Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea (PL) – 04/02/21

Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham (PL) – 29/11/20

Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea (5-4 pen.) (LC) – 29/09/20

Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham (PL) – 22/02/20

Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea (PL) -22/12/19

(Results via transfermarkt.com)

 

Team News 

Spurs head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has a growing list of injury headaches to contend with, after watching both Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura limp off against Rennes in midweek. 

Heung-min Son (calf) and Eric Dier (dead leg) are both doubts to make the fixture, while Japhet Tanganga (suspended) and Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring) are confirmed as absentees. 

There is better news for Nuno, with his South American trio of Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez back in the UK and available for selection, after undergoing a 10-day training camp in Croatia. 

Chelsea could be set to welcome back N’Golo Kante to the side after Tuchel confirmed the midfielder has recovered from a groin injury. 

Reece James is also available for selection in defence, having served his suspension after receiving a red card against Liverpool. 

The only notable absentee for Tuchel’s side is winger Christian Pulisic, who remains sidelined with an ankle problem. 

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