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Tottenham Hotspur Vs Chelsea: Three Key Battles Which Will Decide The Outcome

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Defending Champions of the Premier League, Chelsea, will be taking on the runners up from the last season, Tottenham Hotspur in a clash of giants in their next match at Wembley. The two teams will be looking to make it a win for themselves, especially Chelsea, who lost their opening match to Burnley 3-2, to make it the worst possible start to the season of their title defence.

It goes without saying that they will look for redemption as they take on the Spurs in their own backyard. The North London club, however, will look to make it a second win, and a big one, as they will be facing the West London club in the first London Derby of the season, fresh from a win against Newcastle United, who have failed to find a strong foothold since their return to top flight football.

An array of world class players will be on display in the aforementioned matchup at Wembley, as both the teams will look to bag all the three points early in the season. Three key battles between the two sets of players, which might be the highlights of the match between two of the most powerful clubs in England are as follows-

Alvaro Morata vs Jan Vertonghen-

The Spaniard came on as a substitute and almost powered his side to a draw in their last match against Burnley, scoring a goal himself and assisting David Luiz to score another one. Given his brilliant performance in the last match, it is almost sure that Morata will be starting in the next match and will have to face one of the top class defenders in the form of Jan Vertonghen. The Belgian centre back defended his team well and will look to repeat the performance in the next match as well.

Harry Kane vs Antonio Rudiger-

In the absence of Gary Cahill, the German international will have to step up for his team and keep the top goal scorer from both the previous seasons, Harry Kane, at bay from scoring against his side. It will be a daunting task nevertheless, as the English marksman will be looking to open his score for this season.

David Luiz vs Eric Dier-

The Brazilian defender might have to take up the new role of a midfield enforcer and make sure that the ball stays in his team’s possession for most of the time. However, with a player like Eric Dier in the opposite side, it will be a really hefty task for Luiz to keep the ball under his control throughout the match.

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