Tottenham v Chelsea: Kane and Morata go head to head as Wembley plays host to last season’s top dogs


Wembley will become the 58th different stadium to host a Premier League game when Tottenham welcome Chelsea on Sunday. Will Mauricio Pochettino’s side replicate their White Hart Lane form at the national ground? Can Antonio Conte’s men spoil the party with a much-needed first win of the season? Here’s what the stats are suggesting.

 

Last season, Tottenham went an entire league campaign unbeaten at home for the first time since 1964-65

Spurs bid farewell to White Hart Lane in style last term, winning their last 14 league games at the historic stadium - their joint-longest ever winning run in league competition at home. The Lane became a fortress under Pochettino, particularly against London clubs. The Argentine has never lost a London derby at home, winning nine and drawing four. One of those victories came in this exact fixture last season when Dele Alli scored twice in a 2-0 win back in January. In fact, Tottenham beat every London club they faced at home in the Premier League in 2016/17: Crystal Palace, West Ham, Chelsea and Arsenal.

 

Tottenham have lost six of their last nine games at Wembley

Since beating Chelsea at Wembley in the 2008 League Cup final, Spurs have won just once in nine attempts at the national stadium; a 3-1 win over CSKA Moscow in last season’s Champions League group stage. They’ve lost six of those nine games including three defeats to Chelsea, conceding 11 goals against the Blues in the process. The most recent meeting between the sides at Wembley was last season’s FA Cup semi-final. Chelsea won 4-2 thanks to a Willian brace and cracking goals from Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic, leaving Tottenham longing for the Lane.


 


 

Chelsea haven’t lost their first two games of a league season since 1973-74

Conte’s side could become the first reigning champions of the English top-flight to lose their opening two league games of the following campaign since Aston Villa in 1981-82. But if their form against Spurs is anything to go by, defeat on Sunday is unlikely. Chelsea have lost only two of their last 17 encounters with Tottenham in all competitions, winning eight and drawing seven. The Blues have won three of the last five league meetings, including a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge last season. However, Chelsea have lost two of their last three league trips to Spurs.

 

Since 2015, Harry Kane has scored 18 goals in 21 Premier League London derbies

Kane’s exploits against London clubs began on New Year’s Day 2015 when he scored twice in a 5-3 win over Chelsea at White Hart Lane. The striker is one goal short of 100 Spurs goals in all competitions, but he’s yet to score in 11 Premier League appearances in the month of August. The visitors will also have to be wary of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen: Alli has scored three times in his last two games against Chelsea; Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in each of Tottenham’s last six goals against the Blues in all competitions, scoring one and assisting five.

 

Alvaro Morata could become the fourth Chelsea player to score in both of his first two Premier League appearances

Only Adrian Mutu (2003), Deco (2008) and Diego Costa (2014) have scored a Premier League debut goal and followed it up in the next game for Chelsea. Morata found the net in his first start in La Liga, Serie A and the Champions League, but the Spaniard is equally useful from the bench. His goal against Burnley means he has scored more times as a substitute (22) than any other player in Europe’s big five leagues since 2010/11. Spurs have conceded just five goals in their last 10 Premier League games, so Morata will be up against it on Sunday.