On Saturday lunchtime, Tottenham will host Chelsea in a game painted to be more than just a typical London derby.
After both clubs spent more than £130 million between them to revamp their sides in the summer, both sides will have different managers in contrast to the same time last season, with Andre Villas-Boas being replaced by Roberto Di Matteo, but the 35-year-old later going on to replace Harry Redknapp in the summer.
Both sides go into the game following a great start to the season, with Chelsea still waiting for their first league defeat this season, opposed to Spurs who have not lost or drawn a Premier League game since all of their summer signings have been cleared to play.
In the past 5 occasions where these sides have met at White Hart Lane, Tottenham have got all three points on two occasions, whereas a draw has been the other alternative in the remaining three fixtures.
The last 5 games has seen 16 goals been scored, as well as a disciplinary record of 21 yellow cards being drawn alongside a red card for the Blues, (Tottenham – 9 yellows, Chelsea – 12 yellows).
Ignoring the fact that Spurs have scored at least two goals in their last four Premier League matches, the speed of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon is strong enough to overthrow the heavyweights of Europe.
But, with John Terry set to begin his four match ban, depending if he appeals, the away side could be without their astute captain which will blow their morale in the direction of the home team.
Obviously the attack of Chelsea is incredibly strong, with Oscar, Hazard, Mata and Torres demonstrating that they are a force to be reckoned with and as a result of this they should create a large number of opportunities.
The London derby is set to be a wide-open game, with Villas-Boas’ “revenge” being tipped as the focus for the game, but regardless of the manager’s backstory – it is set to be a thrilling attacking game which could swing in the hands of Andre Villas-Boas and his new side.
Prediction:Tottenham 3-2 Chelsea