Friendly | Totteham vs Chelsea ~ Match Preview & Info


Chelsea vs Tottenham predictions, Fresh from a pulsating London derby win over Arsenal during their Mind Series opener, Chelsea prepare for their second meeting of the
pre-season
against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
The Blues snatched a 2-1 win in front of a distraught Emirates crowd on Sunday, while Spurs' latest pre-season clash saw them claim a 3-1 win over MK Dons.



Even though it was only a pre-season meeting, there was clearly no love lost between Chelsea and Arsenal in Sunday's Thoughts Series clash, as both sides demonstrated a competitive advantage with incoming tackles and constant attempts to force opponents into mistakes.
Having survived Arsenal's initial wave of pressure, Chelsea took advantage of an open Gunners back line to strike first through Kai Havertz in the 26th minute before Hakim Ziyech failed to double his side's lead with a goal in his hand in the second half.
The Gunners took advantage of the Moroccan's mistake to equalize through Granit Xhaka, but Arsenal's error-ridden display is not a thing of the past as Hector Bellerin's misplaced pass allowed Tammy Abraham to score the winner in the 72nd minute.
Sunday's game was not without healthy controversy, as Joe Willock's late effort hit the crossbar and crossed the line, but Chelsea survived what should have been an obvious goal without the technology assisting Andre Marriner on the day.
Nevertheless, Chelsea secured a confidence-boosting win for upbeat Thomas Tuchel who is "very pleased" with his side's performance in North London, and Wednesday's battle with Spurs represents one last chance for pre-season adjustments before next week's UEFA Super Cup versus Europa. Villarreal league winners.
Off-field events may dominate Tottenham's talk at the moment, but Nuno Espirito Santo at least managed to block out all outside noise to put together a string of respectable pre-season results.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager oversaw a disappointing 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient during his first exhibition game, but Spurs had scored three goals during wins at Colchester United and MK Dons before the tougher test began.
A fiery North London derby will await Tottenham when they meet Arsenal in their second Mind Series clash on August 8, but Nuno will look no further than Stamford Bridge for now having presided over Spurs' open training session in front of a crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium .
While most young players are looking for more chances to impress against Premier League sides, expect an equally tense encounter between the two teams who will not consider this match a 'friendship' despite the bill, especially with Tottenham's first game of the new season coming against Manchester City.
Last season's battle between Spurs and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge ended goalless, but Jorginho's penalty propelled Tuchel's side to victory over their North London counterparts in February.
Chelsea are poised to welcome their Euro 2020 final contingent – ​​including Jorginho, Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell – back to their training complex ahead of Wednesday's clash, but the international stars are yet to return to action.
The Champions League-winning coach has surprisingly displayed a healthy mix of youth and experience at the Emirates, with the likes of Jake Clarke-Salter, Dujon Sterling and Malang Sarr providing opportunities to impress.
Tuchel may be tempted to stick to a more tested arrangement this week for his side's final prep games, and doubts remain over the involvement of full-backs Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Amid the ongoing link with a move to Manchester City, Tottenham talisman Harry Kane reportedly failed to show up for pre-season testing on Monday morning and will certainly not be involved on Wednesday if that happens.
However, Spurs have been able to put up a strong attack during his absence from pre-season, with Son Heung-min's new contract providing some relief while Kane's future remains in the air.
Ryan Sessegnon must recover from a hamstring injury in time to be fit for the opening day of the Premier League season, while Giovani Lo Celso and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are reported to have returned to training after their international exploits.
Predicted Line-up Chelsea vs Tottenham
Chelsea : Kepa; Zouma, Sarr, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Kante, Barkley, Pulisic; Ziyech, Werner; Abraham
Tottenham : Gollini; Doherty, Tanganga, Dier, Reguilon; Winks, Ndombele; Lucas, Alli, Bergwijn; Son
Predicted Score Chelsea vs Tottenham: 2-1
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