Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are likely going to be fighting for the last Champions League spot in the Premier League this season, so their clash on Sunday is huge. The Blues are currently three points ahead of Spurs for that spot with a 9-2-6 record, but Tottenham are coming on strong since Jose Mourinho took over for Mauricio Pochettino. Spurs are favored to beat Chelsea per the Premier League betting odds, and a win would take them to 8-5-5 and place them ahead of Tottenham on goal differential.
- Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea FC
- Date and Time: December 22, 2019, 11:30 a.m. ET
- Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England
- US Television Coverage: NBC
- Betting Line: Tottenham Hotspur PK and -0.5, O/U 3
These two clubs have gone in very different directions over the last month. Chelsea did manage to advance to the knockout rounds of the Champions League, but they have lost four of their last five matches. Losing to Manchester City in the Etihad is one thing, but the Blues were also blanked 1-0 in Stamford Bridge by both West Ham and Bournemouth, and a 3-1 loss to Everton isn’t great either.
Help is coming in January with Chelsea’s transfer ban lifted on appeal, and Frank Lampard will want to make some major changes. The Blues have a shaky back line with 25 goals allowed in 17 matches, but the play of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, and Christian Pulisic has helped Chelsea overcome those defensive woes.
Tottenham are finally starting to figure it out. They backed into the Champions League, but Spurs have won four of their last five domestic matches. Jose Mourinho has Tottenham playing more wide-open football, and we have seen three or more goals scored in each of their last seven matches in all competition.
In this stretch, Spurs knocked off West Ham and Bournemouth 3-2, and they pummeled Burnley 5-0 at home. Tottenham outlasted a gritty Wolves side in the Molineux to win 2-1 off a late Jan Vertonghen goal last weekend, moving this club to within three points of the top four.
Marco van Ginkel and Ruben Lofus-Cheek are close to finally returning to action for Chelsea after long periods on the sideline. Olivier Giroud is doubtful to play with a sprained ankle, and Fikayo Tomori is doubtful with a groin issue, but this is the healthiest we have seen Chelsea in a while.
No. 1 goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been out with an elbow injury during Tottenham’s run, and Michel Vorm is sidelined too with a strained calf. That has forced Spurs to turn to Paulo Gazzaniga, who has made just 33 appearances during seven seasons in the Premier League. Erik Lamela, Ben Davies, and Tanguy Ndombele are also out for Tottenham on Sunday.
Chelsea Player to Watch
Tammy Abraham has made a huge splash at Stamford Bridge. Abraham is in for a hefty pay raise given his play through the first four months of this campaign, and he leads the Blues with 11 goals. He is in the race for the Golden Boot, and the 22-year-old has been the breakout star of the Premier League.
Tottenham Hotspur Player to Watch
Son Heung-Min is looking sharp for Spurs once more. He leads the club with seven assists, and his five goals are tied with Dele Alli for the second-most on Tottenham. Son is quickly becoming one of the fan favorites, and he might be the most important player aside from Harry Kane.
The over is the best bet on the board, and three is a relatively low number compared to what we have seen from Spurs.
English Premier League Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2, Chelsea 2
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