Chelsea VS Tottenham Football Match Score 14 Aug 2022
Chelsea and Tottenham clash in the first meeting between two members of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ this season on Sunday at Stamford Bridge. Both sides got their campaigns off to winning starts last weekend, but the contrasting nature of those victories was in line with the broad moods surrounding the clubs heading into 2022/23. Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea were forced to grind out a 1-0 win at Everton after Jorginho scored the only goal from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time, while Spurs were rampant, tearing Southampton apart in a 4-1 win at a buoyant Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. But we all know that form counts for nothing going into derby matches, right? In any case, here’s everything you need to know about a mouthwatering showdown.
Chelsea will be without Mateo Kovacic on Sunday because of a knee injury. Left-back Marcos Alonso will also be missing; head coach Thomas Tuchel said he “is not training as he tries to finalise his transfer (to Barcelona)”. Tottenham could hand a debut to £60m summer signing Richarlison after his return from suspension. They will be without defender Clement Lenglet, who has slight tightness in his adductor muscle, and Oliver Skipp, who has a foot injury. Chelsea love playing Spurs – they beat them four times last season, and Tottenham have only beaten them once in the league at Stamford Bridge since February 1990.
Spurs boss Antonio Conte was in charge of Chelsea for that defeat – in April 2018 – but I have a sneaky feeling he will enjoy this meeting a lot more. Chelsea got a good win at Everton, but the way they got it was not particularly pretty. If they are slightly off it again on Sunday, they won’t get away with it. Tottenham, meanwhile, were devastating in attack against Southampton and I am expecting more of the same from them here.Add in Conte going back to Stamford Bridge, and I am going to go with Spurs to take the points. They took the game to Saints anyway, but they also counter-attack so well when that turnover happens. When they get the ball into Kane with runners off him, they are so hard to stop.
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur square off at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon looking to build on their victories on the first weekend of the new Premier League season.
Spurs comprehensively defeated Southampton by a 4-1 scoreline before Chelsea edged a closer game away at Everton later in the day.
With Chelsea still looking to move players in and out of the club, there was a vulnerability about the Blues as they faced Everton at Goodison Park.
Nevertheless, Thomas Tuchel watched his side come through by a 1-0 scoreline, Jorginho scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.
There were aspects of Chelsea’s performance which would have disappointed their head coach, but this was a fixture where only the end result mattered as Chelsea look to keep pace in the title race.
In terms of new arrivals, little has changed ahead of this London derby aside from Marc Cucurella being provided with a full week alongside his new teammates.
That said, Tuchel will expect a far more efficient display from his team, who will be aware that they have to develop a ruthless streak in their game similar to that of their opponents.
Under the guidance of Antonio Conte, Spurs have been transformed from a club struggling to secure Europa League football to a team which look the most capable of challenging Manchester City and Liverpool this season.
Fulfilling that potential is far easier said than done, but Conte has assembled a squad that will be bitterly disappointed if they do not finish in the top three or achieve silverware come the end of the campaign.
Despite making a slow start against Southampton last weekend, Spurs responded by netting four times without either of Son Heung-min or Harry Kane getting on the scoresheet.
While Conte will take a certain level of satisfaction out of that, he will acknowledge internally that a game of this magnitude will test the credentials of his players.
Spurs head into this contest having lost five successive games against Chelsea and failed to defeat their rivals in the Premier League since 2018.
Kalidou Koulibaly was substituted during the second half at Everton, but Tuchel confirmed the former Napoli defender was merely suffering from cramp. That means Marc Cucurella might have to wait a little longer for a full debut, especially after Ben Chilwell impressed on his first start since suffering a serious knee injury last November. Tuchel might be tempted to reconfigure his forward line, in shape if not in terms of personnel after Kai Havertz failed to make much of an impression on the left of the front three on Merseyside. Five of Antonio Conte’s close-season signings had to be content with a place on the bench against Southampton and the boss is unlikely to see any reason to change after such an emphatic display.
Richarlison is available after suspension but is likely to join the substitutes given how lethal Dejan Kulusevski, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane looked in tandem. Chelsea won all four of the meetings between the sides across all competitions last season, scoring eight unanswered goals. Three of those wins came against Conte’s Spurs in January, with a 2-0 league win at Stamford Bridge following the two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final. However, the sense is that Tottenham have taken great strides since then, while Tuchel’s Blues have lost some of the spark that made them European champions a little over a year ago.