EPL game of the week: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea

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December 20th, 2019

The battle to be in Champions League position hits North London on Sunday, December 22, when Tottenham Hotspur hosts Chelsea. Chelsea is currently fourth in the table, while Tottenham is just three points back in fifth. Who will come out on top in this London Derby?

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea, 11:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN

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Mourinho has the Spurs trending in the right direction

Spurs have won four out of their last five matches and are creeping back up the table. When manager Mauricio Pochettino was let go for Jose Mourinho, Spurs were sitting in 14th place. Now they’re in fifth and looking to leapfrog Chelsea. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have been stellar lately for Spurs, but Dele Alli will be the key in this match. Since Mourinho has arrived in North London, Alli has seen more of the field and been given more space to roam.
Can he be a third option against Chelsea? The answer to that could be what gives Spurs an edge.

Pulisic is mired in a slump

Chelsea has had terrible form lately in the EPL. The Blues have lost four of their last five matches and are now 20 points behind Liverpool. Still, they’re managed to hang onto fourth place, but they’ll need to recover and have a great match against Tottenham.

Christian Pulisic hasn’t found the back of the net in a few weeks, and Chelsea’s finishing in the penalty area has been lacking lately. There have also been defensive lapses that have cost them points. Frank Lampard’s side will need to refocus, make a commitment to keeping the defensive third clean and capitalize on its scoring opportunities to stop the bleeding and the freefall in the standings.

Prediction: 2-2 draw (+1000)

This is going to be a wonderful match, where we see both teams open it up a bit and have some great moments. Tammy Abraham will get back to his scoring ways (+120) and also add an assist to help the Blues, but Harry Kane will get two goals (+130) en route to a 2-2 draw.

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