Tottenham host Graham Potter’s Chelsea in a crucial Premier League clash on Sunday – with both teams eager to kickstart their season after a poor run of form.
Spurs will be desperate to pick up their second win in a row amid a topsy-turvy campaign – with the race for the top four starting to heat up.
The north London side- who will be managed again by Antonio Conte’s assistant Cristian Stellini as he recovers from surgery – are coming off a win at home to West Ham, with Emerson Royal and Heung Min-Son both scoring in a 2-0 win.
Currently occupying the fourth spot in the league standings, Tottenham are only one point above Newcastle – who have a game in hand.
As for the Blues, Potter’s side have had a terrible season so far by their standards after spending over £600million in the summer and winter windows on the likes of Enzo Fernandez, Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke.
Tottenham were victorious in their last league game, defeating West Ham 2-0 at home
Chelsea are coming off a loss to Southampton in their last game to pile the pressure on Potter
Potter retains the backing of the Chelsea board but will be under huge pressure to win this crucial game to dispel rumours he could be axed – with his side 10th in the league after one win this calendar year.
Chelsea are coming off a shocking home defeat to bottom place Southampton – with midfielder James Ward-Prowse scoring the only goal of the game for the Saints.
Sportsmail breaks down everything you need to know ahead of Tottenham’s meeting with Chelsea, including start time, TV channels and team news.
When is Tottenham vs Chelsea?
Tottenham will face Chelsea on Sunday, February 26, with the game kicking off at 1.30pm.
The match will take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with the north Londoners looking to make home advantage count.
It is fair to say that Spurs fans won’t be optimistic heading into the clash with the Blues.
Tottenham’s last win in the league against Sunday’s opposition came in 2018 – with Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Son scoring in a 3-1 win.
But in truth Spurs often struggle against their bitter rivals – winning just seven of their 61 Premier League games.
Despite coring two goals in all competitions in his last five games, Spurs will be hoping that Kane will be on full form this weekend. The striker has scored 17 goals in the league this season.
As for the Blues, Potter’s side have struggled to find the back of the net – with Kai Havertz and Raheem Sterling joint top-scorers with six goals in all competitions. Sterling has endured a few injury issues since joining the club and has barely featured. With the London side struggling for goals, the club brought in Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid – who has scored one goal in three league games so far.
Harry Kane will be looking to add to his 17 goals in the Premier League against Chelsea
How to watch
Sunday’s showdown between Tottenham and Chelsea will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage getting underway at 12.30pm.
The early kick-off between the two teams will also be streamed on the official Sky Go app.
Highlights will be uploaded to the official Sky Sports YouTube channel after the game.
Sportsmail will also be providing live coverage of Spurs vs Chelsea, so you can keep up-to-date with all the latest developments here.
The game between Tottenham and Chelsea will take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
After scoring in the club’s last game, Son may feature from the off alongside Dejan Kulusevski – with Kane leading the line. Richarlison started the win against West Ham but Son looks set to start having come on and netted against the Hammers.
Yves Bissouma, Rodrigo Bentancur and Ryan Sessegnon will all miss out. The trio will not play due to injury – with Bentancur set to miss the rest of the season after rupturing his ACL in Tottenham’s defeat at Leicester.
As for Chelsea, Reece James and Thiago Silva didn’t feature in their last league game but are expected to return.
The Blues will be without Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante and Cesar Azpilicueta for Sunday’s showdown.
After scoring in Tottenham’s last league game, Son will be itching to feature from the off
Reece James is expected to return to the side after missing the defeat to Southampton
What’s been said?
Heading into the clash with Tottenham, Potter revealed that he held discussions with the board this week following the Blues’ home defeat to Southampton.
‘Yes, I’ve spoken to them and it’s the same as it’s always been. There has always been support. I’ve been under pressure here for four months from you guys. Have you spoken to the owners? Do you have their support? That continues and they’ve been great, brilliant.
‘They also see where we’re at but at the same time are frustrated because the results are what they are and we have to do better.’
Following their last game, the Blues manager said that it has been a tough week, but states that his players have responded well.
‘It’s always tough when you lose, and certainly when you lose at home. It’s very tough, that’s normal. The response from the players has been really good. We’ve had conversations and one-to-ones, we’ve talked and tried to put things into perspective as well because that is also important. At the same time, it’s been a tough week.’
Tottenham coach, Cristian Stellini will take charge of the club yet again in Conte’s absence
Graham Potter revealed he had talks with the owners following the defeat last weekend
Spurs’ assistant coach, Cristian Stellini, was asked during the press conference if the side could be title contenders in the next year, but the Italian said that the side must improve if they are to compete with the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.
‘Title contender is not a description we like because to be a title contender you have to show in the schedule to be a title contender. We need facts to be a title contender.
‘Everyone can speak about this but you have to show and need to stay there. We are happy because if we compare our team to last January, now we are better but we have to continue to work and improve. Last season we struggle too much against Chelsea and we hope this season that can change.’
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