Florent Malouda predicts Chelsea will beat Tottenham 3-1 in today’s derby
Tottenham Hotspur come to Chelsea’s home ground on the back of a stunning 4-1 win against Southampton. The Blues started their season perfectly as well, as they came away with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Everton last weekend.
Derbies this early in the season certainly raise the excitement levels. A good result here can be a major boost in a team’s ambitions to succeed in the months that follow, while an early loss in a high-stakes game can down spirits to a huge extent.
Malouda, who made 229 appearances for Chelsea between 2007 and 2012, believes that his old club has what it takes to put this Spurs team to the sword. He, however, backed the Lilywhites to prevent a clean sheet for the Blues.
“Chelsea will always be Chelsea, and they’ll be competing for trophies because they always do. I think overall, they will finish above Tottenham.”
“It’s definitely something I wish happens, but also when I take my Chelsea hat off, knowing the ambition of this Chelsea team; they want to succeed – they want to prove something, and I believe they can have a good season.”
Thomas Tuchel has won all five of his games against Spurs. By the law of averages, a win for Spurs against the Blues should be around the corner, but if Malouda is to be trusted, then that win won’t be coming this weekend.
“I will go with Chelsea to beat Tottenham 3-1 this weekend. I think there’ll be a lot of goals in this game, and I’d expect Tottenham to score, but I’m backing my old side to win 3-1.”
You can’t really blame an ex-Chelsea player to go against his fanbase and predict a win for one of the club’s biggest rivals. Nevertheless, this isn’t the same Spurs team that Tuchel has faced in the past year and a half.
Antonio Conte has significantly strengthened his team this summer by signing players such as Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, and Richarlison. The Brazil striker could make his competitive debut for the Lilywhites today.
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He may not be able to displace Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, or Dejan Kulusevski from the starting XI just yet, but the former Everton can still play a big role off the bench.