Chelsea hosts Tottenham in round 23 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Sunday, January 23rd at Stamford Bridge (London)
Thomas Tuchel's team is in 3rd position in the standings with 44 points. Chelsea gained 12 victories and eight draws and suffered three defeats. The Pensioners, who have secured a place in the League Cup final, are disappointing their fans with unstable results in the championship. In the last four rounds, the Blues tied three times and lost away to Manchester City (1-0), depriving themselves of the chance to compete for the league title. The crisis in the Premier League once again manifested itself on January 18 in an away match against Brighton (1-1). Chelsea took the lead after a goal from Hakim Ziyech, but then the home team seized the initiative and equalized.
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Antonio Conte's team is in 5th place in the Premier League standings with 36 points after 19 rounds. Tottenham has 11 victories, three draws, and five losses. The Spurs remain undefeated in the Premier League under Conte. The Italian coach has gained six victories and three draws in his nine starting matches in the national championship. A long unbeaten run has turned Tottenham into one of the main contenders for the finish in the Champions League zone. On January 19, the Lilywhites were close to failure in the away match against Leicester City. Despite Harry Kane's goal in the 1st half, Tottenham was losing 1-2. But Steven Bergwijn's accurate shots in the 95th and 97th minutes proved to be a record: no one in the history of the Premier League has turned the tables so late.
These opponents have managed to cross paths three times since the start of the 2021/22 season. Curiously, Chelsea achieved victory with a clean sheet in all three matches. On September 19, the Pensioners defeated Tottenham in the 5th round of the Premier League (0-3), and then they won twice in the League Cup semifinals. On January 5, Tuchel's team gained a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge, and then the Blues were stronger away (0-1). Thanks to the status of the hosts and a more powerful squad, Chelsea is considered the favorite of the upcoming game. The Pensioners showed their superiority over Tottenham just over a week ago. However, a bet on their victory can be risky. Chelsea frankly did not impress in the last rounds of the Premier League, and Conte's team can gain more self-confidence after the match with Leicester. A more interesting option is to bet on low production. Derbies between Chelsea and Tottenham are not distinguished by a large number of goals. Five out of six previous games ended with Under 2.5 goals scored.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored