A London derby takes centre stage on Thursday, as Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea take on Spurs
A tasty looking London derby is the only Premier League game on Thursday night, as Spurs welcome Chelsea to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a clash between two teams who have seen their improbable title challenge falter recently.
Just six weeks ago, Spurs were a genuine contender for a maiden Premier League title, but a collapse has seen them slip down the table through January, while things haven’t been much better at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s lack of form cost Frank Lampard his job, and as a result Thomas Tuchel will get his first taste of an English derby against Jose Mourinho, a man who knows what it’s like to bring the Blues the success their board demands.
The German manager has recorded a win and a draw from his first two games in charge at Stamford Bridge, completing a ridiculous amount of passes along the way, as well as experimenting with different formations.
Marcos Alonso returned from the cold in a wing-back role against Burnley, with Callum Hudson-Odoi also enjoying some game time on the opposite flank. Whether or not Tuchel will trust the pair against Spurs remains to be seen, but both are available for selection should the former PSG coach choose to keep them in the side.
Two players Tuchel will be without are Kurt Zouma and Kai Havertz, who both picked up injuries in training on Wednesday, and are unlikely to be part of the travelling squad. During his press conference, Tuchel also praised the attitude and commitment of Mason Mount, who is expected to be involved.
Across London, Mourinho has injury worries to some key players, with Sergio Reguilon and Giovanni Lo Celso both out, while Dele Alli did not make a move in the January transfer window, but remains out with a slight injury.
The Spurs boss also gave an update on Harry Kane, revealing that the England striker is aiming for one of next week’s games against Everton or Manchester City as a potential comeback date from an ankle injury.
Both sides need a win to keep up their hunt for a Champions League place, with both tied on 33 points as things stand.
Spurs take on Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday, February 4th. Kick-off is at 8pm.