RACE to top 4 and UCL will come into focus on today as Chelsea make the short trip to face Tottenham in a London derby. Both of these rival teams will have ambition of finishing as the highest placed London club at the end of the season and this fixture will be vital in determining which one is favourite to do so. There has been unrest among Spurs’ supporters about the recent performances and they have been compounded by the injury suffered by Harry Kane. Hence, Jose Mourinho will be hungry to get one over on the latest man in the Chelsea dugout, Thomas Tuchel.
Tottenham are six points off the top four, but they do have a game in hand over the teams from 2nd to 5th. Their last two matches have ended in defeat, which has increased concerns among their supporters. Excluding their two defeats to Liverpool, they have a good record against the traditional top six teams this season. That will give them confidence that they can pick up three points.
It has been a promising start for Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea, as they have taken four points from his first two matches, with two clean sheets. The opposition hasn’t been the toughest and a lot more will be learned on Thursday. A victory would see the Blues move above Tottenham in the league table. That would provide them with some justification for the managerial change, as it would suggest that Tuchel has got them going in the right direction.
Tottenham have lost four of their last eight Premier League matches. Their previous four defeats came across 28 matches in the competition.
Thomas Tuchel is the first Chelsea manager to oversee clean sheets in their first two matches in charge since Rafael Benitez in 2012.
Chelsea don’t have any major injury concerns. N’Golo Kante was back on the bench at the weekend and he could be brought into the starting eleven. Marcos Alonso could be in line to remain in the team after an impressive performance against Burnley.
Harry Kane and Sergio Reguilon are both a few weeks away from a return to action. Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli will both also be missing for the visitors.