Jose Mourinho and Thomas Tuchel face off in the dugout for the first time ever as Tottenham Hotspur welcome Chelsea to North London for a scintilating derby football match at the country capital on Thursday evening.
The two powerhouses have been in the title conversation during the 2020-21 Premier season, but both Spurs and Chelsea are now seemingly focused on their top four prospects rather than an audacious bid for Premier League title.
The two teams are tie on the same points on the log. While the Tottenham Hotspur are placed seventh– with a game in hand – the Blues are eighth on the Premier League table.
Jose Mourinho will be without four key first team players ahead of the match. Losing the indispensable Harry Kane to injury would hamper almost any team on the planet right now, but even the most impassioned of Tottenham supporters could hardly have imagined their side being nullified by a Brighton & Hove Albion team fighting to avoid the drop.
The Jose Mourinho team would be slugging it out with a tactical Thomas Tuchel team. Most likely a hard nut to crack going by the recent poor run of form.
Tuchel will hope to see the brief unbeaten run extended at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tonight against a Spurs side that have lost their last two – the defeat by Brighton following a loss to Liverpool. No thanks to the recent injury worries. While Dele Alli is expected to be out again with a tendon issue. In-form Tanguy Ndombele was substituted against Brighton due to an injury and so could well miss out here, joining fellow absentees Sergio Reguilon and Giovani Lo Celso.
On the other hand, Chelsea’s only injury concern could be Hakim Ziyech. N’Golo Kante appears to be back after recovering from a hamstring issue, but Kai Havertz and Kurt Zouma will face late fitness tests after struggling in training this week.
Below is predicted line-ups for the Tottenham vs Chelsea fixture
Tottenham: Lloris; Alderweireld, Dier, Rodon; Doherty, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Davies; Bergwijn, Vinicius, Son
Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Kovacic, Kante, Alonso; Pulisic, Werner; Giroud
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