Premier League preview: Chelsea vs. Tottenham

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  • Chelsea has won 6 in a row
  • Kane, Costa combine for 15 goals
  • Chelsea has not lost in last 26 vs Spurs at home

Chelsea is on a roll, and Diego Costa is pulling all the strings. With a goal in three straight Premier League matches and an assist as well, the Spanish international is on fire, sending Chelsea to the top of the table with six straight wins.

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But the real hero for the Blues has been the defensive continuity. They have not conceded a single goal in those six wins, and while that streak is destined to be broken at some point, the winning will continue if they stay strong at the back. Manager Antonio Conte will see the three center-back system tested again in a meeting with Tottenham at Stanford Bridge on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. ET.

While Chelsea has not been congested with European play, Spurs have struggled in the Champions League, falling for the second straight time midweek on the road at Monaco. To this point, however, Tottenham has not let their European failures bleed into league play, remaining the only unbeaten team in Premier League play this season, and they broke a four-match draw streak last time out with a dramatic comeback against West Ham.

Spurs weathered Harry Kane‘s absence, albeit in spite of Vincent Janssen‘s play. Kane is now back on the field and hasn’t missed a beat, having scored in four straight domestic appearances, including three goals in two Premier League games since his return from injury.

What They’re Saying

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte: “I am pushing my players to be focused, but I think they are ready.¬†Tomorrow it’s important to play good football to win the game. You have to put your passion in the right way.¬†Tottenham can create great difficulty for any team in this league, and can fight until the end to win the title.”

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: “They are in very good form, they have a great manager that I know very well and they have great players too. For them, they are not involved in the cups now, they have time for training and to develop their philosophy and I think, not only in England but in Europe, they are a team on form today.”

Prediction

It’s hard to ignore the form of these teams. Chelsea’s defensive record could very likely end in this game, but their winning streak will not. If anyone can break Tottenham’s unbeaten streak, the hottest team in the league would be the one. A hard-fought 2-1 victory for the Blues will see them retain their spot atop the table, but should Spurs snatch a result, it would provide an immediate response to the overseas slump.