Cucurella eye first Chelsea start as Conte aim to overcome Spurs’ dismal Stamford Bridge record
Spurs aim to overcome dismal Stamford bridge record when both London clubs square off at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. Spurs emphatically defeated Southampton on the Premier League opening weekend while Chelsea edged at Everton later in the day
Chelsea are still considering summer moves for players in and out of the club with new signing Marc Cucurella being provided with a full week alongside his new teammates. Despite having spent big money this summer, the Blues were hardly convincing at Everton, with many of the problems to have derailed their title push last season emerging once more, Chelsea are now aware they have to develop a ruthless streak in their game similar to that of their opponents.
Spurs have enjoyed a sort of transformation under Conte and they look like the most capable of challenging Manchester City and Liverpool this season. Fulfilling that potential of challenging City and Liverpool is far easier said than done, but Conte has assembled a squad that will be bitterly disappointed if they do not finish in the top three or achieve silverware come the end of the campaign. Spurs head into this contest having lost five successive games against Chelsea and failed to defeat their rivals in the Premier League since 2018.
TUCHEL is expected to hand Cucurella his first Chelsea start with Ben Chilwell still on the comeback trail after a serious knee injury. Armando Broja is vying Kai Havertz for a spot in the final third, while Tuchel must decide whether to stick with the central-midfield pairing of Jorginho and N’Golo Kante. Kalidou Koulibaly was withdrawn with cramp last weekend, but the Senegalese is expected to be fit for a start.
Barring any injury issues, Conte will almost certainly stick with the same starting lineup from the win over Southampton. Richarlison is expected to feature among the replacements after serving a suspension carried over from his time at Everton.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Koulibaly; James, Jorginho, Kante, Cucurella; Sterling, Mount; Havertz
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Kane, Son
Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur Head-to-Head and Key Numbers
Chelsea have an impressive record against Tottenham Hotspur and have won 77 out of the 163 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Spurs’ 55 victories.
Chelsea have an excellent recent record against Tottenham Hotspur and are unbeaten in their last seven games against Spurs, conceding only one goal during this run.
Tottenham Hotspur have defeated Chelsea on only one occasion in their last 37 matches at Stamford Bridge in all competitions and will need to overcome a formidable this weekend.
Chelsea are up against Tottenham Hotspur in their first home league game of the season for the first time since the 1958-59 campaign – the Blues emerged victorious by a 4-2 margin on that occasion.
Tottenham Hotspur have recorded 99 victories in London derbies in the Premier League and could become the third team after Chelsea and Arsenal to reach the 100-victory landmark.
Chelsea have lost two of their last three London derbies at Stamford Bridge – as many as they had lost in the 17 home derbies preceding this run.