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Chelsea vs Tottenham

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CHELSEA

Subs from Bettinelli, Bergstrom, Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Chalobah, Simons, Sarr, Hall, Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi, Vale, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Saúl, Werner

Doubtful Chalobah (hamstring)

Injured Christensen (Covid, 5 Feb), James (hamstring, 27 Feb), Chilwell (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Unavailable Mendy (Africa Cup of Nations)

Discipline Y37 R1

Form DWDDLD

Leading scorer Mount 7

TOTTENHAM

Subs from Gollini, Doherty, Gil, Rodon, Alli, Ndombele, Clarke, White, Bergwijn, Lo Celso, Scarlett, Paskotsi, Sessegnon

Doubtful None

Injured Romero (hamstring, Feb), Son (knock, Feb)

Suspended None

Discipline Y34 R1

Form WDWDWW

Leading scorer Son 8

Thomas Tuchel has been a fantastic addition to the Premier League:

Engaging, a deep-thinker and most importantly a master of organising a team.

However, his deflection technique of blaming Chelsea’s current malaise in attacking areas on fatigue is getting a little tiresome.

Chances created from open play are also trending badly downwards for Chelsea – in those 11 matches.

Chelsea have had just 8.4 shots from open play per 90 minutes, which is the 11th-best of all the teams in the Premier League.

It’s that lack of fluidity in forward areas that makes Tuchel’s side very vulnerable.

Chelsea has won just four of their last 13 Premier League games, dropping 20 points in that time.

And, against a flowing attacking opponent like Tottenham, who are averaging 2.5 expected goals per 90 minutes over their last seven fixtures.

Dangerous from all angles in their amazing 3-2 success at Leicester on Wednesday, Chelsea simply has to be taken on at the prices.

Many will be screaming at me right now to point out that Chelsea has lost just one of the last 31 league meetings at home with Spurs

Winning 20, and won rather comfortably 3-0 on aggregate in the two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final.

Yet Spurs shot themselves in the foot in the cup tie, making basic errors to help Chelsea on their way.

Chelsea have won more Premier League matches against Tottenham (32) than we have against any other team in the competition.

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