This weekend we head into Matchday 5 of the Premier League season and the game that catches the eye this weekend takes place in London at the home of Tottenham Hotspur, where the home side will welcome unbeaten Chelsea in what should be an exciting London derby game.
The two rivals have been involved in a number of feisty encounters over the years, so there should be fireworks aplenty when the two teams battle it out at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Sunday.
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Before we focus in on the Tottenham v Chelsea clash, let’s take a look at Matchday 4 results, Matchday 5 fixtures and how things stand in the Premier League right now.
Premier League Round-Up
Matchday 4 Results
Crystal Palace 3-0 Tottenham
Watford 0-2 Wolves
Brentford 0-1 Brighton
Arsenal 1-0 Norwich City
Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United
Southampton 0-0 West Ham
Leicester 0-1 Manchester City
Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa
Leeds United 0-3 Liverpool
Everton 3-1 Burnley
The top four teams in the table all have 10 points, with Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool all having a +8 goal difference ahead of Everton who have a +6 goal difference. Manchester City, Brighton and Tottenham all have nine points, with West Ham in eighth on 8 points.
At the foot of the table, Norwich are still pointless after four games, with Newcastle and Burnley occupying the other two relegation spots with a point apiece. Leeds are just above the drop zone with two points, then comes four teams with three points apiece, Arsenal, Watford, Southampton and Wolves.
Bruno Fernandes and Michail Antonio lead the goalscoring chart with four goals each with Demarai Gray, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Mason Greenwood, Mo Salah and Romelu Lukaku all having netted three goals each.
Matchday 5 Fixtures
All kick off times are 3pm unless stated.
Friday 17th September
Newcastle United v Leeds United (8pm)
Saturday 18th September
Wolves v Brentford (12.30pm)
Norwich City v Watford
Burnley v Arsenal
Manchester City v Southampton
Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Aston Villa v Everton (5.30pm)
Sunday 19th September
Brighton v Leicester City (2pm)
West Ham v Manchester United (2pm)
Tottenham v Chelsea (4.30pm)
Remember, if you are going to have a bet this weekend, the first EPL game takes place on Friday evening, so you may need to get any bets involving the Newcastle United v Leeds game on earlier than you usually would.
So now, let’s turn our attention to Sunday’s big game in London.
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea Preview
Spurs surprising 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend was their first loss and dropped points of the season and saw them drop from top of the table into 7th. There is no doubt that Joseph Tanganga’s sending off in that game changed the game and handed Palace a big advantage which they used to the full.
In contrast, Chelsea moved to second in the table, behind Manchester United on goals scored only, after a comfortable 3-0 win over Aston Villa, which saw Romelu Lukaku score the first goals of his career at Stamford Bridge.
The win moved Chelsea a point ahead of Spurs and sets up an intriguing game between the two on Sunday.
Tottenham v Chelsea Stats
Total Games Played – 169
Tottenham Wins – 55
Drawn Games – 41
Chelsea Wins – 73
Last 10 Games – Chelsea 5 Wins, Tottenham 4 Wins, 1 Draw
Last Season – Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham, Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea
Betting Stat – No team has scored more than two goals in any of the last eight games between the two teams.
Betting Stat – Only one of the last six games has seen over 2.5 goals scored
Betting Stat – Both teams have scored in just three of the last eight games between the teams.
Betting Stat – There has been just one draw in the last 10 Premier League games between the teams (last season).
Betting Stat – The teams have met eight times since Jan 2019.
Premier League Form 2021/22
Matchday 1 – (H) v Manchester City – W 1-0 (Son 55)
Matchday 2 – (A) v Wolves – W 1-0 (Alli 10 pen)
Matchday 3 – (H) v Watford – W 1-0 (Son 42)
Matchday 4 – (A) V Crystal Palace – L 0-3
Joseph Tanganga is suspended for this game after his red card last week, Dier and Son could also both be absent through injury, although Spurs fans hope Bergwijn will be fit enough to play.
Probable Tottenham XI – (4-3-1-2) – Lloris, Emerson, Reguilon, Rodon, Davies, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Bergwijn, Alli, Lucas, Kane
Matchday 1 – (H) v Crystal Palace – W 3-0 (Alonso 27, Pulisic 40, Chalobah.T 58)
Matchday 2 – (A) v Arsenal – W 2-0 (Lukaku 15, James 35)
Matchday 3 – (A) v Liverpool – D 1-1 (Havertz 22)
Matchday 4 – (H) V Aston Villa – W 3-0 (Lukaku 15, 90, Kovacic 49)
A narrow win in the Champions League in midweek sets Chelsea up nicely for this game. I can’t see Thomas Tuchel straying too far from his current first choice team for this one, although if Ngolo Kante is fit, he could come into the team for Saul or Kovacic.
Probable Chelsea XI – (3-4-2-1) – Mendy, Silva, Rudiger, Christensen, James, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Mount, Havertz, Lukaku.
Tottenham v Chelsea – Match Preview & Tips
There’s no doubt that Spurs have got some major issues at centre back ahead of this game with potentially Joe Rodon and Ben Davies lining up as a makeshift pairing. That doesn’t bode well against Romelu Lukaku, who has scored four goals in his four games since becoming a Chelsea player once again.
Thomas Tuchel’s team have looked very strong defensively this season and while the German has rotated players, he tends to stick to a trusted 12 or 13 players for the big games and I think as a result we won’t see wholesale changes to the team picked in midweek for the Champions League win over Zenit St Petersburg.
History shows that there are not too many draws between these two teams and I think Spurs defensive issues make them the underdogs here. My predictions for this game are as follows:
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