Tottenham Hotspur’s home clash against Chelsea is surely the headline fixture of matchweek 2 of the English Premier League 2017-18. These two London giants finished second and first, respectively, last season and a victory in a fixture of this magnitude—not to forget that this is a London derby, as well—will provide oodles of confidence for either of these title contenders.
The managerial battle between Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte is one of the major intrigues of this fixture. While this duo boast a supreme tactical acumen, their philosophies and playing styles are different. Talking about tactics, Spurs and Chelsea are expected to line up in the 3-4-2-1 formation, which they are good exponents of and this formation has been in vogue in the English top-flight over the last two seasons.
Tottenham will be playing all their home fixtures this season at the Wembley Stadium, while their new stadium is currently under construction. We will have to wait and see how Spurs fare at their temporary home ground and if playing there has an adverse effect on their season.
TV guide and schedule
Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea kicks off at 20:30 IST this Sunday (August 20).
This fixture will be aired on Star Sports Select HD 1 and Star Sports Select 1 for Indian viewers and football fans, who, unlike last season, don’t have to be skeptical of whether they will be able to watch their favourite team in action.
Chelsea have made an unenviable start to their title defence, losing 2-3 at home to Burnley on the opening weekend and also having two of their key players (Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas) suspended.
Spurs, on the other hand, harnessed a man advantage against Newcastle United and won 0-2 at St James’s Park last Sunday.
Though past results are of little importance, the West London club will not want to lose ground on one of their major rivals for the title this season, even if, as aforementioned, we are at an embryonic stage of the 2017/18 season.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea head to head
Spurs have faced Chelsea exactly 50 times in the Premier League and won just a tenth of those matches (5/50). Last season, this North London club won at White Hart Lane, having lost at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season.