talkSPORT’s chief football correspondent ALEX CROOK previews the London derby between Tottenham and Chelsea…
Tottenham host Chelsea on Monday night on what is sure to be an emotional occasion from Mauricio Pochettino as he returns to his former stomping ground for the first time since being sacked in 2019.
This is usually a very feisty encounter with no love lost between the two teams and the presence of Pochettino, who spent five largely successful years as Spurs boss, in the away dugout is sure to add some extra spice.
For Tottenham it’s all about maintaining their unbeaten start to life under ‘Big Ange’ Postecoglu, who is already enjoying the type of adoration from the Tottenham faithful that they bestowed upon Pochettino.
Victory for the hosts would take them back to the top of the Premier League table, and it has already been a good weekend for Postecoglu without kicking the ball with defeat for Arsenal at Newcastle and wasteful Liverpool dropping points at Luton.
After a slow start to the campaign, Chelsea have improved of late, but are still struggling to put their chance away.
I was at Stamford Bridge last mid-week to see the Blues labour to a 2-0 victory at home to championship Blackburn in the EFL Cup and they still missed a host of opportunities to make the scoreline more comfortable.
I just don’t see how they can match the home side’s goal threat so I like the look of Tottenham to win at 6/5 with starsports.bet.
Son’s resurgence in form after a difficult period last season has been a major factor in Spurs making their best start to a league campaign since winning the double in 1960-61.
The loveable South Korean has scored eight Premier League goals, only three behind Erling Haaland in the race for the Golden Boot, including in each of his last three London derbies.
Son to score the first goal in 5/1 with starsports.bet, which in my eyes looks too big a price to overlook.
I have mentioned how fiery games between these two London rivals have been in the past and we all remember the infamous ‘Battle of the Bridge’ when Chelsea basically kicked Tottenham out of the title race.
I can see plenty of tackles flying in, especially as Pochettino has previously stated that his team are a little too nice.
Yves Bissouma has already served one ban this season for his ridiculous dive resulting in a second yellow card during the 1-0 win at Luton, one of four bookings to his name already
Conor Gallagher is another player who is not shy and putting his foot in so I will have a small build-a-bet on Tottenham to win and Bissouma and Gallagher to be shown a card, which returns around 11/1 with starsports.bet
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