Preview: Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea

Kyle Walker Tottenham

Antonio Conte and Chelsea will be desperate to erase the memory of last week’s defeat against Burnley when they travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday, but will find Spurs no pushovers.

Premier League
Date: 20 August 2017
Match Day 2
Kick-off: 17H00 local time
Venue: Wembley Stadium

Referee: A. Taylor
Assistants: G. Beswick, A. Nunn
Fourth official: M. Dean

Head-to-head summary:

Tottenham 140 45 35 60
Chelsea 140 60 35 45

Previous encounter:

Chelsea 4-2 Tottenham 22/04/17 (Premier League)

Chelsea goalscorers: Willian (5′, PG 43′), E. Hazard (75′), N. Matic (80′)
Tottenham goalscorers: H. Kane (18′), D. Alli (52)

Players to watch:

Antonio Conte could look to Alvaro Morata to impact Sunday’s game at Wembley, with some key players missing. The new striker signing got off the mark with a goal against Burnley and should be looking to start this game.

Spurs have a number of players who can do damage to Chelsea, and with Harry Kane not fond of scoring in August, the player to watch in this tie is Dele Alli. He was poor against Newcastle, but is certainly one to rise to the big occasions.

Team form and manager quotes:

Tottenham got their season off to the best possible start with a 2-0 away win at a Newcastle ground they had recent bad memories off, but banished those as Alli and Ben Davies both scored good goals.

Chelsea, conversely, were incredibly defeated 3-2 at home to Burnley, making it four losses in four for the Blues, after some less than impressive showings in pre-season.

Ahead of the game, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said: “We’re focusing on trying to improve ourselves.

“It’s true that maybe Chelsea will miss some players, but they have a great squad and great players and it will be a very tough game.

“Our season at ‘home’ at Wembley is another talking point. “We need to make Wembley home and to feel how we felt at White Hart Lane.”

He added: “It’s a massive game for us and to start the season against Chelsea at Wembley is a huge motivation for us and for our fans.”

Antonio Conte said: “We are preparing for this game very well.

“We must be focused on the pitch, on the game and try to do our best against Tottenham and not find excuses, but only focus on the game.

“It can happen during a game to receive two red cards and I think a great club like Chelsea must be prepared for this situation.

“For sure at this moment it’s not simple, it’s not easy but we must be strong to face this situation. I repeat it’s very important not to find an excuse, about this moment. It’s important to continue to work, it’s important everyone gives 150 per cent, and then we can solve the situation.”

Team news:

Kieran Trippier will face a later fitness test on his ankle having missed Spurs’ opening game.

Danny Rose (knee), Erik Lamela (hip) and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (foot) remained sidelined.

Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas are both suspended for Chelsea but Victor Moses has completed his ban.

While Pedro is an injury doubt, Eden Hazard is not yet ready for match action, but Tiemoue Bakayoko could be included.