This weekend, we already have an impressive London Derby waiting for us in the form of Tottenham Hotspur hosting champions Chelsea. Both clubs have endured frustrating summers. While the hosts have struggled to make signings, they have retained their squad from last season and seem in good health.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are lacking any kind of meaningful change to their squad and have seen a lot of players’ head out the door to be replaced.
The likes of Tiemeoue Bakayako and Antonio Rudiger should be good players for the Blues this year, but they will take time to settle. Alvaro Morata, too, should be a good signing. However, a lot of change has taken place and as a result their squad looks a bit uneven and still in the process of settling in. The appalling home loss to Burnley solidified the uncertainty around Stamford Bridge, and Spurs will be looking to capitalize on that.
Spurs have won 14 home games on the spin, and come into this one knowing that they have the means to really impress and shock. They have a quality record and should be capable of treating Chelsea with the contempt that this rivalry always holds. While in the past Spurs teams have looked weak when playing Chelsea, the 2-0 win last year set them up for a new change in mentality that might just shine through here.
The home side need to start impressing people, though, as their transfer dealing have left many of the experts with a negative opinion. Spurs have been good for putting people off the hype of transfers, and a win here would do even more to help solidify their approach and make it stand out.
We expect a good home win – Chelsea just don’t look ready to stop bickering and compete together: yet.