Speaking to talkSPORT, former Chelsea midfielder and coach Ray Wilkins admitted that he believes the game between Tottenham and the Blues this weekend will be a draw, as Jose Mourinho will set his side in a defensive manner.
Wilkins said: “Both teams travelled this week, and been successful as well, so it will be a fantastic game. It was 5-3 last year in Tottenham’s favour, but I’ve got it down as a draw this year. Chelsea will tighten up a touch, though they might be without John Terry so Kurt Zouma will come in alongside Gary Cahill. I think Chelsea can get something out of it.”
John Terry picked up an injury during Chelsea’s game with Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Champions League, and he is set to miss the game against Spurs on Sunday.
It is expected that Mourinho will tighten his team up defensively due to Terry’s absence, with Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill to take the centre-back roles, and this, as well as Chelsea’s lack of form, certainly seems to put Spurs as favourites for the win.
They are at home, have lost just on league game this season, but there is one problem they have entering the game. As Spurs played in Azerbaijan yesterday evening, they have to travel back to England and play in just a few days time, likely with many of the players slightly fatigued.
Their intensive, high pressing football will not be as effective with the players not at full fitness, and this could work in Chelsea’s favour.
Wilkins believes that the Blues will get a surprise result from the game, with Spurs favourites for the win, although he cannot see past a draw between the two sides.
On current form, it is likely that Mourinho would take a draw right now as well.