A brace of 2-1 wins for Chelsea so far this preseason away to Bournemouth and Arsenal is just what Thomas Tuchel will have wanted going into the new season as they look to break the mould that Liverpool and Man City have created over the last few seasons.
Spurs are in something of a crisis at the moment over the future of their star striker Harry Kane who has been fined for not showing up to training as he looks to push through a move to Man City.
Spurs come into this game off back-to-back victories over Colchester and MK Dons (3-0 and 3-1 respectively), with Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli and Lucas Moura the three goal scorers in both of those outings.
While you can only beat what’s in front of you, Chelsea pose a much greater challenge for this Spurs side and one that will ask a lot of questions of Nuno Espirito Santo.
Chelsea’s strength in depth over the years means that whatever side they choose to field, there’s going to be some incredible talent on display. It’s for that reason that they’ve now gone unbeaten in friendlies over the last five years, a span stretching 14 matches, with the Blues winning 11 of those.
With that said, Spurs also haven’t been too shabby in friendly matches and have lost just twice since 2013, though in recent seasons it’s not been as impressive having gone W5-D1-L2 since 2018.
Under 2.5 Goals
These two rivals look to be going in opposite directions at the moment with Chelsea coming into the season as Champions of Europe, while Spurs will be plying their continental trade in the inaugural Europa Conference League, and it’s difficult to put these two on the same level anymore, even though a lot can change in football over a short period of time.
The West London side have won five of the last seven head-to-heads going back to January 2019, and even in that League Cup defeat they still made amends by turning Spurs over in the second leg to advance.
While pre-season friendlies tend to offer up a lot of goals, with six of Spurs’ last eight seeing over 2.5 goals land, and 11 of Chelsea’s last 14, it should be noted that the majority of those matches have come against far weaker opposition for both sides, and in a clash between these two sides we’d expect much finer margins.
Indeed, five of the last six meetings between the two have featured fewer than three goals while Thomas Tuchel’s side were one of the most defensively solid units in Europe last season, with low scoring games the norm for the Blues and we’ll opt for the goals market at a much longer price than simply the home win.