In an immensely important battle for the fourth Champions League spot, Chelsea takes on Tottenham in the early match on Saturday. One point separates the two sides, with Chelsea having the upper hand now on 41 points.
The scenario puts the two sides in a similar situation as before their first encounter this season. At that point, Tottenham had managed to close the gap to Chelsea with a fine run. Mourinho taking over had seen a spark in performances while Chelsea had a hard time collecting point.
Still, Chelsea came out 2-0 winners after a superior performance and managed to keep hold of fourth place. Once again, they are finding themselves under pressure before an encounter with Spurs. Chelsea is coming straight from a defeat by Manchester United and will want to redeem themselves at a time when the team and manager Lampard are under fire.
They meet a Tottenham side marshalled by a man who knows Chelsea, and Lampard, too well, and it will be interesting to see how this plays out second time around. While Spurs have only one loss in their last nine, Chelsea has managed just one win in five.
The defence is too generous at the moment with no clean sheet in their last five matches. They conceded twice in three of the five matches and failed to score themselves twice. At home, in the Premier League, matters have not been any rosier; Chelsea has three losses and just one win in the last five.
Tottenham goes into this one after a disappointing loss in the Champions League on the hands of RB Leipzig. After scoring freely lately Son Heung-Min was sorely missed and without both him and Kane their offence really looks hurt. They are not exactly experts at keeping a clean sheet either, so what can we expect on Stamford Bridge?
Spurs will be looking for players like Dele Alli and Erik Lamela to rise to the occasion. Chelsea has not done so well at home lately, and Spurs have not lost in the last four away matches. They played each other four times in 2019 with results being 1-0, 2-0, 2-1 and 2-0. This match is too important to let their concentration slip and we expect a match with a similarly cautious approach.
In their last six meetings, each side has won three. In the last 10 meetings between these two sides, none has ended in a draw, with Chelsea winning six and Tottenham four. Could this be the odd one out”? Perhaps but we will stick with an encounter shy on goals.