Premier League Handicapping Preview: Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur – Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021

Tottenham Hotspur will take on Chelsea in another London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Premier League on Thursday, 4 February 2021.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur shared the spoils in a goalless draw when they last met at Stamford Bridge on 29 November, in a moment when both sides were in excellent form and Spurs returned top of the table afterwards.

This time, though, the situation is completely different and both sides are outside the top four and could even slump to 9th and 10th, respectively, by Wednesday night should other teams win their midweek games.

We should, however, bear in mind that Jose Mourinho already scooped a result when he faced his former club Chelsea earlier in the campaign as Spurs triumphed on penalties when the two sides met in the League Cup fourth round on 29 September.

If everything goes according to plan (as originally planned), both London clubs will resume their European campaigns later this month but it’s quite certain that their Premier League commitment comes first, especially when there’s a London derby looming.

Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview

Jose Mourinho will have to find an approach to revitalize his side only a few days after a disappointing defeat at a Brighton side who were the only club left in England’s top four divisions without a home victory this season.

Spurs have just suffered two disappointing setbacks between Thursday and Sunday but the real cause for concern and the bitterest taste comes from Harry Kane’s injury.

The final result was a disappointment, indeed, yet The Seagulls were the better side throughout and that’s a cause for concern, given the foreseeable absence of talismanic forward Harry Kane, as well as Spurs’ involvement in four different competitions.

Spurs are set for a two-legged tie against Austria’s Wolfsberger AC in the Europa League later this month but in addition to all Premier League games they have, they will also travel to face Everton in the FA Cup fifth-round next week.

Gareth Bale started just his second Premier League game of the season and The Welshman was subbed shortly after the hour mark, failing to meet all the expectations on the pitch.

Spurs have won just three of their past 13 Premier League matches in which Harry Kane has not featured (losing six), including none of their last four (0-1-3).

In addition to Harry Kane’s absence, Mourinho is also without injured left-back Sergio Reguillon, as well as midfielders Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli, while Tanguy Ndombele limped off at the Amex Stadium on Sunday, but the Frenchman should be fine.

Chelsea Betting Preview

Having lost four of their last five Premier League away games, Thomas Tuchel will hope to turn things up for Chelsea when the Blues head to North London for a clash against a wounded Tottenham Hotspur side.

Since a 3-1 home win over Leeds United on 5 December, The Blues lost five of the subsequent 8 Premier League games (2-1-5) under Frank Lampard and this consequently led to Lampard’s dismissal only 24 hours after their 3-1 victory over Luton Town in the FA Cup fourth-round.

Thomas Tuchel enjoyed his first victory in charge of Chelsea but Jose Mourinho’s Spurs should represent the first stern test of his ability to quickly adapt to the Premier League reality.

Coming off a 2-0 win against Burnley at Stamford Bridge, The Blues did enough to secure their first win under Thomas Tuchel, yet the Clarets and their defensive approach were not a real match for what’s coming up next.

It won’t be easy for the German, who must succeed a living Chelsea legend like Frank Lampard as manager in West London. And considering that Roman Abramovich is not known for his patience on some of the former managers, Tuchel may have to get quick results in order to avoid further pressure.

The Blues are yet to concede under Tuchel but let’s not forget that two games are pretty much nothing and the German didn’t had much time to embrace the new Chelsea Project. Besides, they already showed some promising signs of defensive stability earlier in the campaign, under Frank Lampard, but they have eventually collapsed.

Thomas Tuchel has a fully fit squad to choose from as French engine N’Golo Kante recovered from injury to make the bench against Burnley on Sunday, though the Chelsea boss may stick with the pair of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in the middle of the park.

Tuchel has 24 players at his disposal heading into the second half of the 2020-21 campaign and with that comes plenty of selection headaches and the German must find the balance while trying to keep his players happy all at once.

Thomas Tuchel already switched to a five-man line at the back but he has shown throughout his career he is not afraid to make moves in his system for a certain game.

Olivier Giroud, who started in Tuchel’s debut against Wolves, could return to the starting XI against Tottenham on Thursday night. However, unlike his Chelsea debut, Tuchel could start Mason Mount and Timo Werner instead of Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech behind Giroud, while Callum Hudson-Odoi looks set to continue at right wing-back.

Meanwhile, at the opposite flank, Marcos Alonso was recalled for the first time in several months and the experienced Spaniard could get the nod over Ben Chilwell, who hasn’t really enjoyed a flying start since he arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer.

Moreover, If you look back through history, Marcos Alonso loves playing against Tottenham as the Spaniard has scored three goals against them in nine games, including his most remarkable performance when he netted a brace for a 2-1 victory at Wembley in August 2017.

Possible Starting Lineups of Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris – Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Joe Rodon – Matt Doherty, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Harry Winks, Ben Davies – Erik Lamela, Vinicius, Son Heung-Min. (3-4-3)

Chelsea: Edouard Mendy – Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, César Azpilicueta – Marcos Alonso, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Callum Hudson-Odoi – Timo Werner, Mason Mount – Olivier Giroud. (3-4-2-1)

Spooky Express Betting Prediction

The goalless draw at Stamford Bridge ended a three-game winning streak for Chelsea in Premier League derbies against Tottenham, meaning that Spurs will be looking for their first League win over The Blues since November 2018 – when they triumphed 3-1 at Wembley.

Considering Tottenham’s drop, Chelsea are the favorites at odds of +116 with BetOnline, but we shouldn’t underestimate Spurs’ ability (rated at +250), especially when they still have Son on the field.

Spooky Express Free Play: Over 2½ Goals -108 @ BetOnline for 6/10 Units

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