class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Having already secured impressive results in big matches this season, Al Hain-Cole expects Mourinho's men to at least avoid defeat against the Blues
Chelsea will be aiming to overhaul Tottenham at the top of the Premier League table when the sides meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The Blues go into the weekend in third place, two points adrift of their London rivals who are sitting pretty in pole position after six wins from nine games so far.
Chelsea vs Tottenham Latest Odds
Having come out on top in four of their last five home league matches against this opposition, Chelsea are 21/20 (2.05) favourites with bet365 to leapfrog them with a big win here.
However, Jose Mourinho has seen his team win four out of four away matches in the league so far this campaign and can be backed at 13/5 (3.60) to extend that 100 per record by coming back to haunt his former club with a victory.
The sides needed a penalty shootout to separate them when they met in North London in September’s League Cup clash, and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on them remaining all square after 90 minutes once again.
Chelsea vs Tottenham Team News
Kai Havertz is left out despite recovering his bout of Covid-19, leaving the injured Christian Pulisic as the only absentee for the hosts.
Harry Winks and Japhet Tanganga are both out, while Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela were definitely ruled out due to injury.
Chelsea XI: Mendy; James, Zouma, Thiago Silva, Chilwell; Kovacic, Kante, Mount; Werner, Abraham, Ziyech
Spurs XI: Lloris; Aurier, Rodon, Dier, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele; Bergwijn, Son, Kane
Chelsea vs Tottenham Preview
Although Frank Lampard’s men will be in confident spirits after winning each of their last six matches in all competitions, they should be in for a stern test against their former manager’s in-form team.
While Spurs’ impressive start to the league campaign has already seen them thrash Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford and record a highly professional victory over Manchester City, their opponents’ five wins have all come against teams currently in the bottom half.
In fact, four of their five defeated opponents go into this weekend in the bottom six, making this game Chelsea’s biggest challenge since they were outplayed by Liverpool in a 2-0 home defeat back in September.
Chelsea vs Tottenham Tips and Predictions
Given their current form and excellent results in big matches so far this campaign, odds of 8/11 (1.73) look like solid value on Tottenham maintaining some breathing space by at least avoiding defeat.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.