Tottenham will host Chelsea at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Monday in a Premier League clash, with kickoff slated for 20:00 GMT.
Tottenham’s Big Match Credentials
Top of the Premier League table and unbeaten, Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham have thrown down the gauntlet in the league this season, setting the pace at the top and showing no signs of stopping.
Tottenham have been dynamic and potent going forward; they have scored 22 goals in the league so far, highlighting their free-scoring abilities in the final third. However, they have been solid and compact in the defensive phase as well, conceding just nine goals in 10 matches.
They are currently on a four-match winning run that has seen them open a two-point gap ahead of second-placed and their North London rivals Tottenham.
They have played big matches this season with an impressive record, they beat Manchester United 2-0, drew with Arsenal 2-2 in the derby, and defeated Liverpool 2-1. They will look to retain their big match credentials when they host Chelsea for another London derby.
Chelsea’s Top Six Blues
After an impressive performance in the London derby match against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea failed to build on it, losing 0-2 at home to Brentford.
This has been the story at Chelsea for a year now. Under Mauricio Pochettino, nothing has changed significantly when it comes to their consistency and ability to win matches, especially at home.
They travel to Tottenham after beating Blackburn in the EFL Cup round of 16; a confidence-building win that might give them something to build on at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Monday.
Chelsea have played two top-six teams so far this season, Arsenal, Aston Villa, and Liverpool. They drew with Liverpool (1-1) and Arsenal (2-2) and lost at home to Aston Villa.
The trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Monday night will be another attempt at winning against a top-six team in the league and another chance for Mauricio Pochettino and his men to send a statement of intent.
Ange Postecoglou will have to assess some players ahead of the home match against Chelsea on Monday.
Left-back Destiny Udogie has had a muscle problem since October 23rd, which has kept him out of two matches. The 20-year-old will be assessed late before a decision is made regarding his participation against Chelsea.
Left winger Manor Solomon is also a major doubt, with the 24-year-old nursing a meniscus injury since October 5th; the injury has sidelined him for three matches so far.
Postecoglou will be without left midfielder Ivan Perisic, with the 34-year-old having torn his cruciate ligament on September 20th.
Tottenham will also be without goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman (ankle) and left midfielder Ryan Sessegnon (surgery).
Mauricio Pochettino will be unable to call on left-back Ben Chilwell, with the 26-year-old having hurt his hamstring on September 27. The fullback has missed six matches for Chelsea so far.
Trevor Chalobah (thigh problems) and Wesley Fofana (torn cruciate ligament) are also out of the trip to Tottenham.
Other players unavailable include Christopher Nkunku and Carney Chukwuemeka.
Mikhailo Mudryk will need a late test to determine his involvement.
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In their current form and the confidence with which the team is playing, Tottenham will have the upper hand. They will win the match and extend their unbeaten run in the league and their top-of-the-table status.
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