Chelsea are looking for their first league win in five Premier League matches as they lock horns with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. It is a must-win encounter for Thomas Tuchel’s men, who are pretty much out of the title race after collecting only three points in the last four matches. They are currently trailing league leaders Manchester City by 12 points and are now running the risk of potentially dropping to fourth place in the league table.
Tottenham Hotspur are one of their main competitors in the race to finish in the top four. The North London giants currently have 36 points under their belt, eight behind Chelsea. However, Spurs have four games in hand over the Blues and a win on Sunday could certainly make them undisputed favourites to closing in on the top four spots by the end of February.
Chelsea Vs Tottenham Tactical Preview
Thomas Tuchel has had to recently revert to a four-man backline in light of the injury crisis. He has preferred a 4-4-2 lately, with two wingbacks operating in a more traditional role. Nevertheless, the fullbacks should play a vital role in offering creativity upfront, while the onus will be on the two central midfielders to offer the protection for the central defensive pairing of Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger.
Antonio Conte, on the other hand, has no reason to shift away from his wingback setup with a free-flowing attacking that will look to interchange places and make life difficult for the Chelsea defence. The emphasis will be to attack the left-hand side of the opposition backline and make use of the vulnerable Chelsea fullbacks.
Chelsea are missing a slew of players heading into this contest including Reece James, Trevoh Chalobah, Ben Chilwell and Andreas Christensen while Edouard Mendy is participating in the Africa Cup of Nations. As for the starting eleven, we are expecting a few changes including the potential return of Mateo Kovacic and Timo Werner.
Tottenham Hotspur are in much better shape, with Cristian Romero and Son Heung-Min being the only major absentees in this encounter. However, both the players are crucial to the Spurs setup and it will take a lot to replace them at their respective positions.
Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante, Kovacic; Werner, Mount; Lukaku, Werner
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Doherty, Skipp, Winks, Hojbjerg, Reguilon; Kane, Moura
Chelsea 1-2 Tottenham
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