Premier League Handicapping Preview: Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur – Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020

Chelsea will take on Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday, 29 November 2020, in one of the most exciting London derbies over the past years.

Both London rivals are heading into this one on the back of a victorious midweek in Europe that saw Chelsea triumphing 2-1 at Rennes in the Champions League on Tuesday, while Spurs enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 home victory over Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad in the Europa League on Thursday.

Chelsea Betting Preview

The Blues have won eight of their 10 London derbies at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League since the start of the 2018/19 campaign and will be keen to snatch another massive result when they take on former manager Jose Mourinho and his high flying Tottenham side.

Frank Lampard’s side have drastically improved their defensive game and this consequently led to a fine form of six consecutive wins across all competitions. Moreover, The Blues are unbeaten since the defeat at Spurs two months ago, when Jose Mourinho’s side knocked Chelsea out of the League Cup after a penalty-shootout, but they remain unbeaten in regular time since the 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool on 20 September.

All in all, Chelsea have conceded five goals in their last 10 matches since the aforementioned 1-1 draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – with three of them shipped in the 3-3 home draw with Southampton last month – and have kept seven clean sheets in the process.

With a clean bill of health, Frank Lampard has a good reason to be optimistic for this one and for better days as the young manager has a very decent squad depth and can choose between two talented players on most positions.

The USA international Christian Pulisic recovered from a hamstring injury and could be in contention, while Kai Havertz also returned to action in midweek following his own coronavirus experience so the Germany international is once again available for selection and could even start.

If Tammy Abraham leads the line, the Englishman will aim to score in three successive League games for the first time since September 2019 and he definitely needs such a streak in order to impress England’s boss Gareth Southgate, considering the remarkable competition of players who would love to be included in England’s squad for the upcoming European Championship.

Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview

Spurs are top of the table, level on points with defending champions Liverpool, and Jose Mourinho will hope to get the better of his former employee Frank Lampard, who’s doing a great job to rejuvenate Chelsea.

Unbeaten in 8 Premier League matches – since the 1-0 home loss to Everton on the opening weekend – Spurs have gained momentum and are heading into the London derby against Chelsea on the back of a four-game winning streak in the English top-flight, including an impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City last weekend.

All in all, Spurs are unbeaten in five games across all competitions and are also competitive in the UEFA Europa League, where Jose Mourinho’s side will travel to face LASK Linz in Austria next week in a game that could be decisive for their European campaign.

However, the upcoming clash against city rivals Chelsea is an absolute priority and Mourinho rested many of his key figures in midweek – Hugo Lloris, Sergio Reguillon, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko, Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane.

Meanwhile, Belgium international Toby Alderweireld picked up a groin injury during the 2-0 victory over Manchester City and even though it’s not as bad as first feared, he will most likely miss the short trip to Stamford Bridge.

With Toby Alderweireld ruled out of the derby, Jose Mourinho has an important decision to make here as he must choose who would start alongside Eric Dier at the heart of Spurs’ defensive line. Wales international Joe Rodon hopes to make his full debut for the north London outfit after fellow defenders Davinson Sanchez and Japhet Tanganga both featured throughout the game in Thursday’ Europa League clash against Ludogorets.

Giovani Lo Celso and fellow compatriot Erik Lamela are both doubts and remains to be seen whether the Argentine pair would be able to pay tribute to the legendary Diego Maradona on the pitch, with the former missing the easy win over Ludogorets, having picked up a knock in training.

Lo Celso has scored two goals in his last three appearances for Spurs, including the second goal against City, only a few seconds after he was brought on the pitch, and the Argentinian midfielder could provide more width and quality to Jose Mourinho’s setup, even though he usually comes off the bench.

Matt Doherty surprisingly started in midweek following his coronavirus quarantine, so Serge Aurier could get the nod at right-back over the Irishman here.

Gareth Bale, Dele Alli and Lucas Moura were all starters against Ludogorets but the trio could start on the bench on Sunday, as Jose Mourinho could opt for the same attacking quartet that featured against Manchester City last week.

Harry Kane’s exceptional form and his astonishing record of 7 goals and 9 assists in 9 Premier League starts is something that Frank Lampard must seriously consider. However, Kane is not the only Tottenham player that is a cause for concern as South Korea’s ace Son Heung-Min could boast 9 goals in 9 League games.

Brazilian forward Carlos Vinícius opened his account for Spurs as he netted a brace against Ludogorets Razgrad, but it’s quite certain that England’s prime forward Harry Kane would lead the line against Chelsea.

Possible Starting Lineups of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea: Edouard Mendy – Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Reece James – Mason Mount, N’Golo Kanté, Mateo Kovacic – Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech. (4-3-3)

Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris – Sergio Reguilón, Eric Dier, Davinson Sánchez, Serge Aurier – Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg, Moussa Sissoko – Son Heung-Min, Tanguy Ndombélé, Steven Bergwijn – Harry Kane. (4-2-3-1)

Spooky Express Betting Prediction

Tottenham’s defensive stability has been built under Alderweireld’s influence and experience, and his teamwork with Eric Dier, so his absence could possibly make Spurs’ defense more vulnerable and prone to errors against an attacking-minded Chelsea side that knows how to score goals under Lampard’s guidance.

Jose Mourinho lost both Premier League duels with Frank Lampard last season and the experienced Portuguese has never lost three consecutive league matches against the same manager or club before.

Furthermore, Mourinho has won only one of his seven games at Stamford Bridge as an opposing manager and that’s another record he would love to improve here.

Chelsea may have lost just one of their last 26 home meetings with the North London side (Spurs) and are +117 favorites to emerge victorious again, but this matchup would be a completely different challenge for either club. You can get odds of +210 on Spurs to beat Chelsea, while a draw can be backed at +250 with BetOnline.

Despite the remarkable defensive progress at both sides (we have the two best defenses going head-to-head), we anticipate a thrilling encounter with both sides very capable of scoring a few.

Spooky Express Parlay: Both teams to score – Yes + Total goals over 2.5 +108 @ BetOnline for 5/10 Units

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