Chelsea are facing Tottenham Hotspur in their next Premier League match. Chelsea have failed to climb the Premier League table this season. Furthermore, their next match is against Tottenham this weekend. Paul Merson and Chris Sutton believe that the Blues will end their winless streak with a win against Tottenham. Moreover, Spurs are all set to welcome the Blues for their Premier League clash. Both Graham Potter and the Blues fans would be hoping for a win against their London rivals. Potter’s squad will be heading into the clash ten points adrift of Spurs. The North London club is currently holding the 4th position in the league table. Therefore if Potter loses this match, the pressure will continue to mount on him. The Blues lost to Southampton last week, which came as a huge surprise to the fans. The coach would be hoping for a positive response from the match.
Paul Merson and Chris Sutton give predictions for Chelsea and Tottenham clash
Potter was asked about the match ahead of the match in his pre-match conference. The manager said,
“We need a strong performance and we need three points. It’s a fantastic game. I’ll be missing Antonio [Conte] and I wish him a speedy recovery. It’s a game we’re really looking forward to, training has been really good, the response from the players has been really good. So we’re looking forward to the game.”
Paul Merson wrote in his column about his expectations from the Chelsea match against Tottenham. He wrote,
“If Chelsea play the team that squared off against Southampton last weekend, they won’t win the game against Spurs. If Potter goes back to his tried and tested system, the Blues will beat Spurs all day long.
“What I love about Potter is that he has looked after the club and the players before himself. He is under major pressure. He could have played Reece James and Thiago Silva last weekend because he has a job to keep. But what did he do? He didn’t want to risk injuries for those players and chose to leave them out”
Merson further added,
“He has looked after them. He could have chosen not to protect those players but he opted to look at the bigger picture. I think he needs to be given until next Christmas and afforded a proper pre-season with this team. If it doesn’t work out by Christmas, then even he’ll understand it’s best to part ways.
“Tottenham are in the FA Cup, they’re in the Champions League and they are in the top four in the Premier League. We’re sitting thinking that Spurs are blowing hot and cold. But the fact is that they blow hot more often than they are cold. They’ve got Harry Kane. He is a big difference-maker for them.
“This is the starting XI I hope Potter goes with: Kepa, Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Benoit Badiashile, Thiago Silva, Enzo Fernandez, Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic, Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz and Joao Felix. If this team plays, they will beat Tottenham 3-0. If he plays Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke, they won’t beat Spurs.”
The former Arsenal player have therefore predicted that Chelsea will finally be able to end their winless streak in the Premier League. Furthermore they have predicted the score line of 0-3 to the Blues. However whatever the results be of the match, it will surely be a treat to the neutral fans.
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