Chelsea predicted line up v Tottenham: Latest Blues injury updates and Marcos Alonso transfer
Chelsea looking to build momentum and continue last season’s dominance over Tottenham in the London derby.
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Thiago Silva scored at Stamford Bridge and the Tottenham Stadium against Spurs, and Antonio Conte’s side have only won once at Stamford Bridge since 1990.
The head-to-head record reads 77 wins for Chelsea, 55 for Tottenham and 41 drawn games.
They have brought in Kalidou Koulibaly, who is regarded as one of the best centre-backs in Europe, and the Brighton Hove and Albion defender Marc Cucurella.
Koulibaly in particular gave a scare when he was forced off against Everton but Thomas Tuchel has since allayed the fears by saying it was just muscle cramp and nothing serious.
The defender is now expected to be part of the team that will look for all three points against Tottenham this weekend.
Defender Marcos Alonso has not been in team training and is expected to complete a move to Barcelona next week, even though the Spanish club are having problems registering the players they have already bought this summer.
Despite Chelsea still being neck-deep into the transfer market, the 1-0 win over Everton showed that they are a force to be reckoned with and they will now put their unbeaten form against Tottenham from last season to test Antonio Conte’s men.
Chelsea do not have any suspensions and the first team have been working well in training this week so expect Thomas Tuchel to name a very strong side.
Predicted starting line-up
Mendy — Azpilicueta, Silva, Koulibaly — James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell — Mount, Sterling, Havertz
Building on a strong start
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is hoping that his team can find the bond that made them defy the odds to win the Champions League.
There have been uncertainties since the sale of the club, but if they can get a winning run going then they will fancy their chances of putting up a proper title challenge.