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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea, Premier League: Preview, team news, how to watch

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Top-six six-pointer

Chelsea Training Session & Press Conference Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

It’s somewhat symbolic that this match is on a Thursday night, with both teams vying for a top-six spot, having fallen out of title contention in the last couple months and even looking a like long-shots for the top-four as well. Europa League, here we come!

That said, in this most ridiculous of ridiculous seasons, it’s hard to predict what will happen next. Spurs have collected 9 points in their last 9 league games. Chelsea have 11 points from our last 10. Whoever can right the ship better and faster might just find some small reward for their efforts at the end of the season.

Date / Time: Thursday, February 4, 2021, 20.00 GMT; 3pm EST; 1:30am IST (next day)
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England
Referee: Andre Marriner (on pitch); Stuart Attwell (VAR)
Forecast: Chance of rain

On TV: BT Sport 1 (UK); none (USA); Star Sports Select HD1 (India); SuperSport Premier League, Canal+ Sport 3 (NGA); elsewhere
Streaming: BT Sport Live (UK); Peacock (USA); Hotstar (India); DStv Now (NGA) — Peacock is NBC’s streaming service, and is now very much the future with NBCSN going away at the end of the year. It’s not the best (poor UI, lag, etc.), but it’s what we’ve got. Comcast Xfinity customers get it for free (still counts against your data). Others have to pay $5/month or $50/year ($10 & $100 for the premium ad-free version). Comcast is the parent company of NBC and an investor in Vox/SB Nation. Here’s our affiliate link if you want to make our corporate overlords happy.

Tottenham Hotspur team news: Mourinho finds himself under a bit of pressure as another dark and stormy “Mourinho Season” appears to be looming over him. Harry Kane being injured (again) isn’t helping. The impactful Sergio Reguilón and Giovani Lo Celso are also out, as is the ostracized Dele Alli. Meanwhile, Son Heung-min hasn’t scored in almost a month.

Counting José out is never wise of course. Spurs are alive in all four competitions still, having reached the final of the League Cup, even, where they will play impending Premier League champions Manchester City.

Mourinho didn’t have a particularly good record against Lampard, oddly enough, but this will be the first time he faces Tuchel. Let the mind games begin!

“I don’t think it’s very difficult to coach at Chelsea because I was champion three times and Ancelotti was champion and Antonio Conte was champion. It cannot be very, very difficult because we win titles there.”

-José Mourinho; source: CBS Sports

View from the enemy: Cartilage Free Captain

Chelsea team news: Straight-shooting Tommy T was of course not one to be bothered by Mourinho’s jibes, but what will potentially concern him is the absence of Kai Havertz. Tuchel has stuck to the 3-4-3 in his first two games, but has rotated his attackers (except Callum Hudson-Odoi), and Kai’s absence will limit his options. Kurt Zouma is also facing a late fitness test thanks to a knock.

Chelsea have four points from those two games, but those were both matches against teams below us in the table. We’re still yet to beat any team sitting above us, and Spurs are one place ahead, on the same amount of points but a better goal difference — and they have a match-in-hand as well.

“Jose’s right, it is a big difference. It’s not a matter of what is better or what is worse it’s just if it fits and right now this fits perfectly for me. I feel absolutely comfortable.”

-Thomas Tuchel; source: Goal

A win tonight would make us all feel much more comfortable as well.

Previously: This will be the third time we play Spurs this season, with both of the previous matches ending in draws (1-1 and 0-0) — the former then going into a penalty shootout, and Chelsea thusly eliminated. That said, Chelsea haven’t lost a league game to Spurs since they twice beat us in 2018. Last season, Willian’s double got us all three points at (hopefully called) New Three Point Lane.