Chelsea v Tottenham – Stamford Bridge at 20:00 GMT

Chelsea will be looking forward to take their mind off the disappointing defeat to Manchester City during Sunday’s EFL Cup final when they host archrivals Tottenham Hotspur to Stamford Bridge for their Premier League clash on Wednesday. Tottenham Hotspur will also be looking to bounce back from their shocking defeat to Burnley when they enter midweek’s match against Chelsea.

Tottenham Hotpsur were able to haul themselves up into the title race this season. Currently seating at the third spot in the Premier League standings, the Spurs seems to be playing their best football. However, they encountered an unexpected slip-up over the weekend when they fell to an upsetting 1-2 loss to Burney. If the Spurs manage to come out victorious in this match, they will be able to reduce the gap in the table and prove themselves to be a real challenger for the Premier League crown.

Chelsea, on the other hand, have definitely suffered quite a wobbly first season under Maurizio Sarri. Ever since the Italian boss arrived to replace the controversial Antonio Conte last summer, the Blues have been struggling for consistency. Chelsea started their campaign in quite a terrific form. They actually looked like a real contenders for the title after 10 unbeaten matches. Since then, things have started to take a downturn. Currently, the Blues are seated at the sixth place in the table and they will enter this match fresh off the back of a disappointing 4-0 loss to Manchester City.

Maurizio Sarri is under pressure following the team’s downfall in the English top flight. Apart from this, they already exited the FA Cup when they fell in the hands of Manchester United. Furthermore, Mauricio Pochettino’s hopes of maintaining a Premier League title challenge was dented after their defeat against Burnley.

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PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI

Chelsea: 4-3-3

Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Pedro, Gonzalo Higuain, Eden Hazard

Tottenham: 5-3-2

Hugo Lloris, Kieran Trippier, Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane

KEY PLAYERS

Chelsea

Gonzalo Higuain is with Chelsea on a six-month loan deal. This Argentine striker has scored twice during his opening three league fixtures for the Blues and has been regarded as someone who can help Chelsea overcome their struggles. He missed out on a couple of fixtures for Chelsea, and will most likely take this opportunity to prove himself as one of the crucial players for the team.

Tottenham

Harry Kane is back in action after being out for more than a month due to an ankle ligament injury. He has been one of Tottenham’s key players, scoring goals and securing victories for the team. He will surely make up for lost time when they face Chelsea on Wednesday.

MATCH PREDICTION

Chelsea v Tottenham: 1-2

Both teams are desperate to bounce back following a couple of disappointments over the weekend. However, a Tottenham victory seems to be on the cards especially with star player Harry Kane back in the game. Despite having injury problems, Kane already amassed a total of 21 goals across all competitions. The Blues shouldn’t be underestimated though since they can call upon Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higuain to back them up.

MATCH BETTING ODDS*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

By @EliaasMJ

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