- Chelsea are unbeaten in four previous Premier League meetings with Spurs.
- Tottenham have won only three of their last 11 Premier League fixtures.
- Tottenham have won only one of their last four Premier League home games.
- Spurs scored one or fewer goals in three of their last four league matches.
Pressure mounting on Mourinho
With Harry Kane injured, Tottenham’s Premier League form abject and pressure starting to build, Jose Mourinho could really do with a result against his former club on Thursday, though a rejuvenated Chelsea could leave their ex-boss disappointed again in the capital.
Spurs limped to a 1-0 defeat at Brighton in their last assignment, though it was the manner of the performance rather than the loss itself that set alarm bells ringing.
Tottenham were second best all over the pitch against the Seagulls, and Spurs’ latest setback means they have won just three times in their last 11 Premier League fixtures since late November.
Blues impress against Burnley
Chelsea supporters got their first real taste of “Tuchel-ball” on Sunday when the Blues cruised to a 2-0 triumph over Burnley at Stamford Bridge, though the final score could have been far meatier had Nick Pope not made seven saves for the visitors.
Tuchel set his team up in a fluid 3-4-2-1 formation against the Clarets, and Chelsea enjoyed a whopping 71% of the ball while racking up an impressive 19 attempts on goal.
The hosts were in total command and their control of possession meant they were largely unthreatened at the back for the second game running under their new German taskmaster. Chelsea will be targeting their third clean sheet in as many games under Tuchel on Thursday.
Momentum with Chelsea
Tottenham’s 3-1 reverse at home to a rampant Liverpool team on January 28 felt like a defining moment for Spurs, and their confidence looked visibly knocked in an abject performance against Brighton three days later.
Chelsea’s charges meanwhile, played with the enthusiasm and verve of team keen to impress their new manager against Burnley, and the Blues’ dominance against the Clarets suggested they are ready to thrive under Tuchel’s instruction.
Unbeaten in four Premier League meetings with Spurs and with a kick in their step following the change in the dugout, Chelsea look an excellent price to pile on the misery for Mourinho on Thursday, while our 2-0 correct score prediction backs the Blues to match the result they secured against Burnley.
Tottenham mustered a measly 0.37 xG (Expected Goals) against Brighton last week, and with Harry Kane’s absence pivotal and the team’s confidence at a low ebb, we can’t see the hosts causing too many problems for Chelsea in this capital clash.
Tottenham Hotspur injuries and team news
Giovani Lo Celso, Sergio Reguilon, Harry Kane and Dele Alli are all still injured for Spurs and will miss Thursday’s game.
Tanguy Ndombele is also a doubt after the midfielder limped off against Brighton last time out.
Jose Mourinho could go with a back three against Chelsea, with options limited further up the pitch.
Chelsea injuries and team news
Thomas Tuchel has a fully fit squad to choose from after N’Golo Kante returned to the bench against Burnley from injury.
The German coach has a number of decisions to make, though Ben Chilwell is expected to return to the XI.