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Can Chelsea overcome Tottenham Hotspur this weekend at Stamford Bridge

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Can Chelsea overcome Tottenham Hotspur this weekend at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea would host Tottenham Hotspurs at home needing to perform against their fellow London rivals.

It promises to be an epic encounter as the Blues trade tackles with Spurs at Stamford Bridge.

The home side is in fine form and should get a result but with Tottenham beating Pep Guardiola’s side at the weekend, it could be a tough call to make.

Chelsea prevailed over Rennes 1-2 on Tuesday having shown form in the domestic campaign.

However, it would be interesting to see how both teams cancel each other on the pitch.

The big quest here is can Chelsea win at home against Jose Mourinho’s men as the Portuguese tactician masterminded the much-needed win courtesy of the impact made by Giovani Lo Celso off the substitute bench?

While the football world mourns the demise of legendary figure Diego Maradona, much would be in view ahead of this fixture. Gareth Bale’s availability for Spurs makes the visiting side even more formidable though Chelsea have got their own superstar in Hakim Ziyech.

The Moroccan international has been at the end of Chelsea’s attacking play and should provide reasons for optimism ahead of the fixture.

Lampard would go toe to toe with his former boss Mourinho leaving us in the how the father and son tussle would look like on the pitch.

With Spurs rejuvenated with a place at the top of the EPL summit, coupled with the fact that Chelsea is playing at home, it would certainly be tough to predict where the match will swing to.

Both sides have got the quality to make things count on the pitch but the tactics of these two managers would play a key role in determining the outcome o the game.

Chelsea may have some kind of ascendancy having beaten spurs more in the league.

But with Spurs led by Mourinho who knows Chelsea inside out after managing them on different tenures, much would be made from this fixture.

It’s just mind-boggling to decide who wins this match as Premier League returns this weekend.

Both sides would be looking for an interesting game on the pitch while Chelsea player like Edouard Mendy,

Mason Mount and Timo Werner must be in top-form if they must counter the effect of Tottenham’s two of Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane and possible starter (Lucas) Moura with a win.

Though, Toby Alderweireld is out injured for Spurs at the moment.

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EPL: Oscar opens up on return to Chelsea, ending his career at Stamford Bridge

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Former Chelsea midfielder, Oscar, has revealed his plans to return to Stamford Bridge to ‘finish’ off his career.

The Brazilian left Chelsea in 2017 to join Chinese side, Shanghai SIPG, in a £60m deal that has seen him earn £400,000-a-week salary for the last four years.

However, the 29-year-old is keen to return to the West London club that helped him win two English Premier League titles, the League Cup and the UEFA Europa League.

“I think about finishing at Chelsea because I had good times before at Chelsea,” Oscar told talkSPORT.

“Chelsea helped me a lot to improve and to do what I always dreamed [of], which was to play in the Champions League, and they helped me to play in the World Cup and to win the Premier League.

“I’ve a lot of friends at Chelsea. If I’ve a chance to finish my career at Chelsea, it is a dream for me. Of course, Chelsea does not like to buy too many older players, which is normal because it is a top team from Europe, but I’ll try my best to be fit to finish there.”

Oscar netted 38 goals in 203 appearances for Chelsea after arriving from Brazilian side Internacional in 2012 in a deal worth around £20m.

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EPL: Gary Neville calls Liverpool players ‘zombies’

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Former Manchester United player, Gary Neville, has branded Liverpool players as ‘zombies’.

Neville said this after Liverpool suffered their seventh defeat of the Premier League season over the weekend.

Liverpool lost 2-0 to Everton at Anfield over the weekend following goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

“It is starting to get a little bit worrying in a sense we know they [Liverpool] have got injuries,” Neville said on his Sky Sports Podcast.

“We know they haven’t got fans in the stadium, we know about COVID and there are a lot of games, but it is the same for everybody. But it is the lack of change. A different idea.

“They just look beaten, almost like zombies on the pitch. Walking around thinking the same thing.

“Maybe it needs something different from Klopp? He has been quite simply unchallengeable and still is at Liverpool, but even he might be thinking now: ‘do I’ve to do something different?’

“It is not for me to advise Liverpool or Klopp what to do but playing a box to protect your centre-backs or maybe going to three at the back. We’ve seen other teams go to that system.

“But it looks to me they need a new idea just to give them a spark or it could be a really depressing season for them where they don’t qualify for the Champions League, although I still think they’ll.”

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EPL: Highest goal scorers in Premier League after Week 23 [See top 15]

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Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah is three goals clear in the race for the Golden Boot this season with 16 goals after Game Week 23 fixtures.

Salah remains top of the scoring charts, after his consolation goal from the spot, as the Reds lost 4-1 to Manchester City on Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur captain, Harry Kane, is in second place with 13 goals.

Kane shares the position with team-mate Son Heung-Min, Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton).

Patrick Bamford of Leeds United has 12 goals.

Premier League top scorers:

16 goals: Mohammed Salah (Liverpool)

13 goals: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Son Heung-Min (Tottenham), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)

12 goals: Patrick Bamford (Leeds United)

11 goals: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

10 goals: Callum Wilson (Newcastle United), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)

9 goals: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)

8 goals: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Tomas Soucek (West Ham)

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