This weekend will provide soccer fans with a very enticing game to watch: Chelsea at Tottenham. Not only does this match feature two of the top teams in the English Premier League, it also is the first time Andres Villas-Boas will manage against his former club.
Chelsea sacked Villas-Boas last season after a disappointing start to the campaign. The first few games of his managerial career at Tottenham were not much better. Tottenham lost to Newcastle in the first week of the Premier League and then drew their next two games against West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City. However, since the draw against Norwich, Tottenham have gone on to win four in a row, with the most notable victory coming against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Tottenham have risen to fifth place in the EPL and are currently five points behind league leaders Chelsea. Villas-Boas has downplayed how this game affects him personally.
“I think that in the end there is one thing that has, to a certain extent, been blown out of proportion in some way because this is not a personal matter,” Boas said at a press conference.
The men in Chelsea jerseys have yet to lose in the Premier League winning six games and only drawing once. This encounter begins a tough stretch of games ahead for the London club. During a five game stretch after their match against Tottenham, Chelsea face Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City. Luckily for the Blue’s, each of those teams travel to Stamford Bridge, which should help give Chelsea an advantage.
This will be a tough match for Chelsea. Tottenham is a team on a hot steak with a manager hoping for revenge against his former club. The fans at White Hart Lane will also give their players a boost. I believe this will be a close game, but I give the edge to Tottenham. I think Tottenham will win 2-1, and Villas-Boas will get his revenge by beating the club that threw him to the curb.
Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com
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