Chelsea vs Tottenham
The first proper London derby comes early in the season as last year’s winners and runners up go head to head in the second game of the Premier League. Both teams will look to use this game as a way to combat controversy surrounding the clubs. Chelsea will be looking to reassure fans about the team’s title credentials after losing their first game to Burnley. They will also be hoping that a victory helps to distract from the speculation surrounding Diego Costa. The want-away forward has refused to re-join Chelsea for the beginning of the season and remains in his native Brazil. He has been vocal about his desire to re-join former club Athletico Madrid and recently described the way Chelsea have treated him as “Criminal”.
While Tottenham won their first game of the season they will be looking to calm criticism around their summer transfer activity. Unlike many other large teams in the Premier League Spurs are yet to bring in any summer transfers, and while chairman Daniel Levy is known as a prudent negotiator criticism is beginning to grow. Left back Danny Rose doubts that the club’s prudent transfer activity will help them be successful and has urged club officials to make big signings, “not players you have to google”. The defender stated that “Time is running out and I do want to win trophies. I don’t want to play football for 15 years and not have one trophy or one medal.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has a big selection problem as Cesc Fabregas and Tim Cahill were sent off against Burnley. Eden Hazard and Pedro also face late fitness tests. The game is likely to give new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko his debut in the Premier League and Victor Moses returns from suspension. The only new injury for Tottenham is Danny Rose who is out with a knee ligament injury. Tottenham manager Pochettino is likely to play youngster Kyle Walker-Peters after his superb performance against West Brom last weekend.
Tottenham are odds on favourites to continue their winning start to the season. Betway and Bet Stars give them odds of 11/10 to snatch a victory at Wembley. William Hill and Coral rate a Chelsea win at 13/5. With main striker Diego Costa seemingly heading for the exit, Tottenham are also odds on favourites to break the deadlock. Last season’s golden boot winner Harry Kane is expected to break the deadlock, with Skybet and Bwin offering odds of 7/2 on the English striker scoring first.