All you need to know about Tottenham vs Chelsea
Fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur will be hosting Chelsea in a high-octane battle on Saturday in the Premier League. It is a vital encounter for both the teams as they would love to stay within distance of Liverpool and Manchester City. At the moment, Chelsea are above Spurs by a point. Here is everything you need to know about the game.
Team news and selection
For Spurs, Pochettino will miss the services of long-term absentees Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen. There are doubts over the likes of Erik Lamela, Juan Foyth, Paulo Gazzaniga, Danny Rose, Davinson Sanchez and Trippier. The Blues will take a call on Eden Hazard late on Saturday, who played only a total of 15 minutes for Belgium recently. Mid-fielder Kovacic is also doubtful.
Chelsea go into the match as favorites
Chelsea would beaming with confidence and they go into the tie as favorites. Maurizio Sarri is yet to lose a single match since the defeat against City in the season-opening Community Shield. And with Spurs not being convincing in the last few weeks, the Blues have a chance to do well. Chelsea have conceded just two goals away from home in eight matches.
Spurs face a severe test against the Blues
Spurs will be tested by a big side yet again. They were beaten by both City and Liverpool earlier. The London club is enduring a patchy form this season and now is the time to settle things. Spurs have key issues in defense, something which Pochettino would be worried about. They would need to play their skins out in order to stop Sarri's Chelsea.
Key players to watch out for
Harry Kane was superb for England recently and scored the winner against Croatia. Spurs need their main asset to deliver and find empty pockets. He has 6 goals this season in EPL. For Chelsea, mid-fielder N'Golo Kante will be crucial in stemming the flow of Spurs. He has signed a new five-year deal and that could pump him up.
When and where to watch the match?
The match is to be held at the Wembley and is scheduled for a 11:00 PM IST kick-off. One can watch the match live on Star Sports Select 2/HD. The match can be streamed on Hotstar for fans who have subscription.