CHE vs TOT Dream11: Chelsea takes on Tottenham Hotspur in their third official friendly of the season. The reigning European champions will get to show off their UCL trophy today as the pandemic prevented a parade. The Blues are coming off the back of two 2-1 victories over AFC Bournemouth, and London rivals Arsenal. This game will follow a UEFA Super Cup clash against Villareal before the Premier League season kicks off.
Tottenham Hotspur has a new man in charge in Nuno Espirito Santo. He was previously managing Wolverhampton Wanderers. Dark clouds are hanging over Spurs as the future of their talisman Harry Kane is uncertain. They have two wins and draw in their last three games against lower league opposition. Their last game was a 3-1 win over MK Dons.
Date: August 5, Thursday
Kick-Off: 00:15 AM (IST)
Venue: Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea has dominated this fixture over the last couple of years. They have won five of their seven previous fixtures, while two games ended in a draw.
Injury Report and Unavailability: Chelsea has a full squad at their disposal. However, the game might be too soon for Jorginho, Reece James, Ben Chilwell, and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Expected Changes and Strategy:
Thomas Tuchel would like the 100% pre-season record to continue. The game might provide a last chance to some youngsters to prove their worth.
First choice goalkeeper E Mendy should be starting at goal, while K Zouma, M Sarr, A Rudiger are likely to be the back three. N Kante and R Barkley could partner in central midfield. C Pulisic and C Hudson-Odoi could play in the full-back positions. H Ziyech and K Havertz could line up behind T Werner in the attack.
Edouard Mendy, Kurt Zouma, Malang Sarr, Antonio Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ross Barkley, Ngolo Kante, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner
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Injury Report and Unavailability: Ryan Sessegnon is not fully fit. Harry Kane should sit this one out as he has not reported in training yet. There are no other injury concerns.
Expected Changes and Strategy: H Lloris should be starting at goal, while M Doherty, J Tanganga, C Carter-Vickers, S Reguilón are expected to start in defence. H Winks, T Ndombele, and D Alli could feature in the midfield region. H Son Should start up front flanked by S Bergwijn and L Moura.
Hugo Lloris, Matt Doherty, Japhet Tanganga, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Sergio Reguilón, Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele, Lucas Moura, Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn, Heung-Min Son
Son Heung-Min will be operating centrally and is the standout captain pick in this fixture. The South Korean amassed 17 goals and 11 assists last term. He has good pre-season form behind him with two goals and two assists in two games.
Timo Werner did not light up the Premier League as expected last season. However he still had the most goal involvements for a Chelsea player. He could deliver handsome points if he packs his shooting boots tonight.
Kai Havertz scored the opener against Arsenal in the previous game. The German had a solid second half of the season and scored some crucial goals. He had 4 goals and three assists last season from 18 appearances.
GK: E Mendy
DEF: A Rudiger, M Doherty, S Reguilon
MID: N Kante, D Alli, S Bergwijn, C Pulisic
FOR: H Son, T Werner, K Havertz
Where to Watch: The game can be streamed live on the 5th Stand App and the Chelseafc website.
Tottenham Hotspur are embroiled in the Harry Kane saga which might prove to be a distraction. Chelsea are at home, and look strong with their star players having a full season behind them. The CHE vs TOT Today Match Prediction odds are in favor of Chelsea to get the win here by a narrow margin.