Tottenham: Mourinho defends Bale as struggles continue
Thomas Tuchel will face his first real challenge as Chelsea boss when he takes his side across London to face Tottenham. The Blues’ 2-0 victory over Burnley at the weekend gave the German his first win since replacing the sacked Frank Lampard. Tuchel’s tenure started with a goalless home draw against Wolves but goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso gave Chelsea all three points against the Clarets.
Spurs, on the other hand, head into the clash with Chelsea following back-to-back defeats versus Liverpool and Brighton.
Jose Mourinho’s side struggled against the Seagulls without Harry Kane, who suffered injuries to both ankles in the loss to the champions.
Tottenham vs Chelsea kicks off at 8pm GMT on Thursday (February 4).
Their meeting at Stamford Bridge earlier this season ended in a goalless draw, while Chelsea won 2-0 in their last visit to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
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To help predict how this one might go, Express Sport has consulted the Betfair Exchange.
The figures shown are based on how fans have been betting on the Premier League clash.
Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: “A London derby is the highlight of the midweek Premier League fixtures and new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is looking for a win against rivals Tottenham to win over supporters.
“The odds on Betfair suggest Tuchel will be the victor in north London, with Chelsea given a 45% chance of winning, while Tottenham are 30% to claim three points, and a draw is 30%.
“Goals look to be at a premium for Tottenham at present with their talisman and captain Harry Kane still out of action owing to an ankle injury, however, there’s a 58% chance of both teams scoring, according to the odds.
“Son Heung-Min will lead Spurs’ frontline and he has a 35% chance of scoring, while Gareth Bale, who has been disappointing since re-joining, is a 29% chance to score just his second goal in the league this term.
“Chelsea have plenty of options in attack headed by Timo Werner, who is still yet to find his shooting boots for the Blues.
“There is a 40% probability of him finding the net in this game, ahead of Tammy Abraham on 38% and Olivier Giroud on 36%.
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“Tottenham and Chelsea are both chasing a top-four spot but face stiff competition to secure a Champions League spot.
“Manchester City and Liverpool look assured of a top-four finish, leaving a host of teams targeting the other two places.
“Manchester United have a 78% chance of finishing in the top-four ahead of Leicester (40%), Chelsea (38%), Tottenham (31%), Aston Villa (13%) and Arsenal (11%).”
Both teams to score
Over 2.5 goals 54%
Under 2.5 goals 54%
Player to score anytime
Timo Werner 40%
Tammy Abraham 38%
Olivier Giroud 36%
Son Heung-Min 35%
Carlos Vinicius 30%
Gareth Bale 29%
Premier League top-four finish
Manchester United 78%
Aston Villa 13%
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