Chelsea vs Tottenham: Premier League Preview, Gameweek 2, 2022
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by ch during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on January 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The first weekend of Premier League action in the 2022/23 season brought excitement and enjoyment amongst all fanbases, as the prospect of success was dangled in front of them prior to their respective kick-offs.

Now, just one week later, that fever dream-like anticipation has elapsed, and there is very much a sense that it is time to get down to business, rather than marvel at the glitz and glamour of another top flight campaign beginning.

Nowhere will that be more relevant than at Stamford Bridge, as old foes in Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur go up against one another in the inaugural 'Big Six' matchup of the season, with no shortage of motivation for either side.

The Blues had a successful initial outing away at Everton, though it was not the most convincing victory at Goodison Park as they snatched a 1-0 win, requiring some dogged defending at times from the back line.

Meanwhile, it was a more comfortable afternoon at home for Antonio Conte's men, as they came from behind to beat Southampton 4-1 at home, putting them top of the table thanks to their superior goal difference.

Team News

Chelsea

During his pre-match press conference, Thomas Tuchel said: "[Mateo] Kovacic ... is injured unfortunately with his knee, there has been a reaction. We decided to take a step back, to increase treatment time to reduce the stress that comes from training to have a normal reaction before we start again."

The absence of Mateo Kovacic will be a frustrating one for Blues' supporters, though with both Jorginho and N'Golo Kante available, they need not be too concerned about the state of their midfield.

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One other player who will not feature is Marcos Alonso, with Tuchel commenting on the Spaniard's situation" "He [Alonso] is not in training at the moment and is trying to finalise his transfer."

Tottenham

As for the team news for the visitors, Conte told the media: "About injuries, a little problem for Clement Lenglet. I don't think he's available for the game against Chelsea. [Oliver] Skipp, I think a couple of weeks."

New signing Clement Lenglet made his debut last week, coming off the bench in the 86th minute, but won't feature again for this game, due to what Conte called "a little problem of fatigue," though he did clarify that it was "nothing serious."

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Another arrival from this summer that could make an appearance is that of Richarlison, who was forced to serve a one-game suspension against Southampton due to an incident while he was at Everton last season, with the Brazilian likely to be keen to impress in such a big game.

Likely Lineups

Chelsea

Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Koulibaly; James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell; Mount, Havertz, Sterling

Tottenham

Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Doherty, Bissouma, Hojberg, Perisic; Kulusevski, Son; Kane

Key Players

Chelsea - Raheem Sterling

It is never easy for a player when they transfer within the confines of the same league, with the knowledge surrounding them often far more developed, leading to higher standards expected, than it would be for a player joining from abroad.

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For Raheem Sterling, it remains to be seen how he will be judged, but if ever the England international wanted to make his mark for the Blues, this would be the game to do it, against arguably their biggest rivals.

The 27-year-old managed to get a goal in pre-season against Udinese, but is yet to register one in competitive action for the west London side - an opponent he is already scored eight goals against in the past certainly seems like it has the potential to change that.

Tottenham - Dejan Kulusevski

Speaking of new signings, while Dejan Kulusevski would not be counted as such anymore, owing to the fact he arrived some time ago back in January, the Swede certainly knows how to make a good impression at a new club.

He scored five goals and provided eight assists in the 18 Premier League games he played for Spurs last season, garnering him the appreciation of supporters, who came up with a notoriously catchy chant for the attacker.

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It seems as though his form is set to continue into this campaign too, with the 22-year-old having already broken his duck for the season last weekend against Southampton, with the potential for that tally to rise again this Sunday.

Match Details

Where is the game being played?

This London derby - the first of the season for each of the two sides - is being played at Chelsea's home ground, Stamford Bridge, in west London.

What time is kick-off?

This is set to be the final game of Sunday's showing of top flight English football, with it scheduled to get underway at 4:30 PM BST.

How can I watch?

Viewers situated in the UK can watch this game live on Sky Sports, but for those who can't follow it there, you can keep track of every moment on our live blog, right here on VAVEL.

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