Chelsea – Tottenham: How to watch, team news, start time, odds, prediction

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Chelsea – Tottenham is always a huge clash but this battle between bitter London rivals on Saturday (start time, 11:30am ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) sees two high-flying teams collide.

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Jose Mourinho has Tottenham top of the Premier League table heading into this weekend as he heads back to Stamford Bridge as faces his former midfield star Frank Lampard, who is doing a very decent job at Chelsea.

The Blues have cruised into the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League and sit in third place in the table, two points behind Spurs. earlier this season Spurs beat Chelsea in the League cup on penalty kicks and Mourinho and Lampard had a little spat on the sidelines…

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Chelsea – Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.


Team news

Chelsea will have Christian Pulisic back in contention after he missed the last four weeks with a hamstring injury. Kai Havertz is back fit after he previously tested positive for COVID-19, while Billy Gilmour is getting closer to full fitness a Lampard has a huge squad of talented players (especially attackers) to choose from with Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Giroud and Werner all impressing in recent weeks.

Tottenham will be without Toby Alderwiereld who was injured in the win against Man City last week, but he should return sooner than initially expected. He will be replaced be either Davinson Sanchez or Joe Rodon in the starting lineup.


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Chelsea (+106) are the favorites but Tottenham (+245) are worth a punt considering their recent form. The draw at +245 looks enticing.

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Chelsea – Tottenham  prediction

The hosts have an advantage as they have two extra days of rest, but Spurs are top for a reason and will be full of confidence after beating Man City 2-0 last time out. I’m going to sit on the fence and call this one a draw. Both teams have so many great options going forward but are still a little suspect at the back. Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham.


How to watch Chelsea – Tottenham stream and start time

Kickoff: 11:30am ET Sunday
TV Channel: NBCSN
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com

Mourinho provides update on Alderweireld injury

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that top of the table Tottenham (you won’t get bored of hearing that, will you, Spurs fans?) an injury boost as center back Toby Alderweireld won’t be out for as long as first feared.

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Alderweireld, 31, picked up a muscle injury towards the end of Tottenham’s superb 2-0 win against Manchester City on Saturday and initially Mourinho feared it would leave the Belgian international out long-term.

However, Mourinho spoke to the media on Wednesday and gave a positive update on Toby Alderweireld.

“Toby has a muscular injury but not as big as we initially thought. He will have his time to be out but not like a month, which was immediately what we thought. I’d say between two and four weeks,” Mourinho said.

Who can slot in for Toby Alderweireld?

This is really good news for Spurs, but it doesn’t help them in their top of the table clash against bitter London rivals (watch live, 11:30am ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) on Sunday.

Facing the leading goalscorers in the Premier League this season (having Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud, Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi will help you with that) without your main center back isn’t ideal.

Davinson Sanchez is the most likely to slot in for Alderweireld alongside Eric Dier, while Ben Davies could play at center back at a push and Japhet Tanganga has just returned from injury, but this is perhaps the chance young center back Joe Rodon has been waiting for since his deadline day arrival from Championship side Swansea City.

Mourinho said that Rodon, 23, is ready to feature in the Premier League but throwing the Welsh international in at the deep end away at Chelsea may be a little too much to ask for his first start in England’s top-flight.

Alderweireld and Dier have created a strong partnership early in the season but Mourinho will be more than happy with the news that his veteran Belgian defender has an outside chance of being fit for the north London derby on Dec. 5.

Champions League: Juve, Sevilla among 4 to advance on day of golazos

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Barcelona, Chelsea, Sevilla, and Juventus clinched the first four knockout round berths in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League with results on Tuesday.

Some took longer than others, as both Chelsea and Juventus struck very late to seal their wins on a day with some thrilling goals courtesy of Bruno Fernandes, Ciro Immobile, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and others.

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Elsewhere, Barcelona made history for Americans in a couple of ways, with Sergino Dest scoring the first Barca goal by an American while Konrad de la Fuente made his senior debut late to make Barca the second team in UCL history to field two Americans in the same game (Tim Howard and Jonathan Spector for Manchester United in 2004).

Elsewhere, Manchester United took hold of Group H with a strong first half against Basaksehir, while Borussia Dortmund and Lazio will be feeling comfortable in Group F.


Man United 4-1 Istanbul Basaksehir — RECAP, THREE THINGS

Bruno Fernandes scored twice, one a wonderful goal that would’ve been the Goal of the Day on most match days, as United rode a three-goal first half to the top spot in Group H.

Marcus Rashford scored United’s third and Daniel James scored off a Mason Greenwood feed late in stoppage time as the Red Devils avenged a 2-0 loss in Turkey to win their third-straight across all competitions.

PSG 1-0 RB Leipzig

Angel Di Maria won a controversial penalty that Neymar rolled home as Paris Saint-Germain gave coach Thomas Tuchel relief and put both teams on six points with two matches left in group play.

USMNT back Tyler Adams was an unused sub for Leipzig after going 90 minutes over the weekend.

Three points back of United and three ahead of Basaksehir, Group H seems likely go to the wire.

The remaining matches are:

  • Dec. 2 — Basaksehir-Leipzig and Man Utd-PSG
  • Dec. 8 — PSG-Basaksehir and Leipzig-Man Utd

Lazio 3-1 Zenit-Saint Petersburg

Oh, did Lazio score some classy goals in sending Zenit out of the tournament.

Ciro Immobile scored twice and Marco Parolo chipped in another as the Serie A side never trailed, only conceding an Artem Dzyuba goal in the 25th.

Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Club Brugge

Red-hot Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho’s game of “Can you top this? delivered three points to the hosts, with Sancho setting up Haaland for one of his two goals while also curling a ridiculous free kick goal home as BVB led 3-0 after an hour.

USMNT teen Giovanni Reyna went 81 minutes for Dortmund, who outshot the visitors 21-2. The 18-year-old completed 31-of-36 passes including all of his long balls and two key passes in the win.

Sancho, though…


Stade Rennes 1-2 Chelsea — RECAP, THREE THINGS

Chelsea is onto the knockout rounds as Olivier Giroud’s stoppage-time winner joined Callum-Hudson Odoi’s first-half goal in giving the Blues a 2-1 edge of their Ligue 1 hosts.

Edouard Mendy made four saves against his former side, who beat him in the 85th minute via Sehrou Guirassy.

Mason Mount was influential in the win, setting up Hudson-Odoi’s opener amongst two key passes and winning six-of-eight duels on the day.

Chelsea visits Sevilla on Dec. 2 in what is essentially a battle for the seeded spot in the knockout rounds.

Krasnodar 1-2 Sevilla

A pair of ex-Barcelona men did the trick for Sevilla, whose win looked a bit like Chelsea’s in that Munir El-Haddadi needed a stoppage-time answer to the hosts’ second-half equalizer.

Ivan Rakitic put Sevilla ahead in the fourth minute, but Wanderson came off the bench to level the score in the 56th minute.


Juventus 2-1 Ferencvaros

The Old Lady left it late, Alvaro Morata putting in Juan Cuadrado’s stoppage-time service to produce a late win in Turin.

Cuadrado had also assisted a powerful opening goal from Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored in his 16th-straight UCL campaign, after Myrto Uzuni put the Hungarian visitors ahead in the 19th minute.

USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie went 62 minutes in the win, completing 20-of-26 passes while making two tackles and an interception.

Dynamo Kiev 0-4 Barcelona

Oh, this one was sweet for USMNT fans and Ronald Koeman alike.

The Barcelona manager beat Dynamo Kiev without Lionel Messi and a number of other usual starters, getting a first senior goal from American back Sergino Dest and handing a debut to USMNT teen Konrad de la Fuente.

They are the just the second ever Americans to appear for the same team in a UEFA Champions League match and the first since Jonathan Spector and Tim Howard did it for Manchester United in 2004.

Martin Braithwaite scored twice and Antoine Griezmann came off the bench to finish the score line.

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Three things we learned from Manchester United – Istanbul Basaksehir

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Manchester United – Istanbul Basaksehir: Bruno Fernandes scored twice early as Manchester United avenged its early loss to Istanbul Basaksehir with a 4-1 win at Old Trafford in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday.

United tops Group H on nine points, three more than PSG and RB Leipzig after a Neymar penalty led Les Parisiens past Julian Nagelsmann’s crew.

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Marcus Rashford converted a penalty for United’s third goal of the first half, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was able to sub liberally in the second 45 minutes. Daniel James scored deep in stoppage to complete the score line.

Deniz Turuc scored late for Istanbul Basaksehir, whose lone three points come from their home win over United.


Three things we learned from Manchester United – Istanbul Basaksehir

1. Imagine United without Bruno Fernandes: Remember when the Old Trafford faithful spent almost the entirety of January wondering whether their club was going to pony up the money for Bruno Fernandes? Of course you do, it was like a less expensive version of August and September’s Jadon Sancho saga.

As good as Marcus Rashford can be, Bruno is United’s attack. The 26-year-old Portuguese playmaker has eight goals and five assists in 13 outings this season. Although four of the goals have come from the penalty spot, Fernandes has also pulled the strings so well for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer; Fernandes’ 26 key passes lead the Premier League, his five big chances created is good for third.

2. Proper response continues: Solskjaer’s men have now won three-straight since the 2-0 setback to Istanbul Basaksehir in Turkey. While the 1-0 win over West Brom was less-than-inspiring at the weekend, decisive wins against Everton and Tuesday’s visitors deserved to be lauded. United will meet Southampton and then PSG in the next week, hoping to be closer to the PL’s top four with a UCL knockout round place in its back pocket by the end of those two matches.

3. Late sub wobbles set upright… by subs: Solskjaer gave rare minutes to Brandon Williams and Axel Tuanzebe, as well as 30-minute runs to Daniel James and Mason Greenwood. The game swung heavily in Basaksehir’s favor, and will give the Norwegian some pause when evaluating his youth. Nemanja Matic was inserted to calm the nerves, and Greenwood and James combined for the stoppage-time goal to seal the game.

Man of the Match: Fernandes

For this alone.


Manchester United – Istanbul Basaksehir recap

United had this one in the bag early, putting four balls in the net in the first half with three of them avoiding VAR intervention.

Fernandes’ pure and vicious shot from the edge of the area was met by a goalkeeper error that allowed him to tap home for 2-0.

Marcus Rashford converted a penalty before the break to round out the scoring, minutes after he slotted low inside the near post but was ruled offside by the eye in the sky.

Goal line technology awarded Basaksehir a concession when David De Gea just failed to claw a set piece off his goal line with a quarter-hour to play.

Basaksehir got a hold of the game after that, with Fernandes, Rashford, Victor Lindelof, Mason Greenwood having subbed out. Solskjaer then inserted Nemanja Matic to steady things after Basaksehir rattled the cross bar.

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Explained: How Premier League fans will return

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Premier League fans in stadium could be a thing again very soon, as the UK will leave a national lockdown and be placed into tiered regions based on the spread of COVID-19 in that area.

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The return of fans into stadiums across England has been long-awaited, as crowds have not been present in the top four divisions consistently since the COVID-19 pandemic suspended play in March.

A few test events and a few weeks of 1,000 fans in stadiums in the lower leagues did occur in late summer, but that was short-lived as cases rose in the UK and another lockdown arrived.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that when the second national lockdown ends in the UK on December 2, fans will be allowed to return to elite sporting events indoors and outdoors for the first time since March, as long as the new plan is voted in my government which is expected to happen.

“I can confirm that the national restrictions will end on December 2 and they will not be renewed. Collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume and shops, personal care and the wider leisure sector can reopen,” Johnson said. “In Tiers 1 and 2, spectator sports will be free to resume inside and outside with capacity limits and social distancing. Later this week, we will announce which areas will fall into which tier – I hope on Thursday – based on analysis of cases in all age groups and the rate of which cases are rising or falling.”

How can fans return to Premier League games? When will it happen? How many fans can return? Will all 20 Premier League clubs have fans in their stadiums?

Here we explain it all.


What is the Premier League planning?

The Premier League seems like it is taking a cautious approach, as the costs of policing, stewarding and controlling the return of 4,000 fans may see them suffer financial loss for hosting a small number of fans. The Premier League has always said it will push for more substantial crowds to return, when it is safe to do so.

“Fans have been greatly missed at Premier League matches and therefore we welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement today regarding the return of supporters for the first time since March, albeit at small numbers. Our ambition remains to work with Government to increase attendance to more substantial levels. Until this can be done, many fans will be unable to attend games and our clubs will continue to operate matches at a financial loss.

“Our priority continues to be the agreement of a roadmap, with DCMS and the Sports Technology and Innovation Group, for pilot events that can help our clubs quickly scale up to larger capacities in line with the Sports Ground Safety Authority’s COVID-secure guidelines and beyond. Premier League clubs have a proven track record of achieving high-biosecurity standards and we believe we can play a significant role in the Government’s rapid turnaround testing initiative. We look forward to working with Government on their next steps.”


How many fans can return to Premier League stadiums?

There will be a maximum of 4,000 fans allowed into the stadium if it is located in a tier 1 region. If the stadium is located in a tier 2 region a maximum of 2,000 fans will be allowed entry and in tier 3 no fans will be allowed entry. The tiered regions will be announced in the UK on Thursday.


Why only 4,000 fans maximum?

Even though most venues in the Premier League can hold tens of thousands of fans, this is all about stopping a huge influx of people traveling to games on public transport and descending on one area. This change in policy from the UK government seems to mostly benefit clubs in League One and League Two, as their finances rely heavily on fans being allowed in. In tier 1 clubs can have 4,000 fans or half of their maximum capacity, depending on which is fewer. Tier 2 will see 2,000 fans or half of their maximum capacity, depending on which is fewer. Tier 3 will have no fans.


When will fans return?

From Wednesday, December 2 fans will be able to attend games in the Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two, National League, National League South, National League North and all other semi-professional leagues below them.


What about European competition?

UEFA will allow fans to attend games based on what is allowed in the country where the game is being played. A cap of a maximum of 30 percent of the usual capacity is placed on all games in the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League.


Will all 20 Premier League teams be allowed to have fans in stadiums?

That depends on which tier they are placed in. Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield and Leeds were all previously placed in tier 3 before the national lockdown, while London, Newcastle, Wolverhampton and Birmingham were also in tier 2 at one point with Leicester also placed under its own restrictions.

If those tiers remain in place only Brighton, Southampton and Leicester would be able to host 4,000 fans in their stadiums. Until the UK government announces which regions will be in which tier, we don’t know.