Picking a Combined XI of Tottenham & Chelsea Players Ahead of Sunday's Encounter

nter Rivals Chelsea and Tottenham go head to head at Wembley on Sunday. This will be Tottenham's first home game at Wembley, a ground where they have slipped up many times before. The pressure will also be on Chelsea who lost on the opening day in embarrassing fashion to Burnley. The two teams were the top two last season so this match could be crucial in this year's title race. So here is a combined starting XI from players that are fit for the match... Straight away the quality of both teams...

Hugo Lloris

Straight away the quality of both teams can be seen via their keeprs; Hugo Lloris and Thibaut Courtois are two of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Courtois beats Lloris on age (25 vs 30), on height ( 6 ft 6 vs 6 ft 2) and on career honours (8 major trophies vs 1). However Lloris beat Courtois in all the important stats last season.

Clean sheets (0.45 vs 0.44), goals conceded (0.72 vs 0.78), saves (1.92 vs 1.61), saves per goal (2.78 vs 2.15) and distribution accuracy (75% vs 72%).

All the stats are very close and for the long term you would probably choose Thibo over Hugo but for this Sunday, we're going with the stats and with Lloris.

Toby Alderweireld

Chelsea find themselves in a bit of a dilemma this weekend in the CB position; Cahill is suspended, Zouma has been loaned out, Terry has been let go, Ake has been sold, Luiz might have to play in central midfield and Christensen and Rudiger are unproven in the Premier League.

So this was an easy choice as you could make a strong argument that Alderweireld is the best CB in the league. Tottenham conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League last season (26) and Alderweireld is a big reason for that.

Cesar Azpilicueta

However there is one player that Chelsea can rely on in the CB position. Cesar Azpilicueta aka Dave, played a key part in Chelsea winning two league titles in the last three years.

He faced strong competition getting into this XI in Jan Vertonghen. Nevertheless Dave won the stats war over the Belgian in the 2016/17 season with more interceptions (71 vs 49), less defensive errors (0 vs 3) and less errors leading to a goal (0 vs 2).

The Spaniard has a big task on Sunday in trying to stop the likes of Kane and Alli but his previous form shows he definitely can, as he played every single minute in Chelsea's title winning season last year. 

Marcos Alonso

Spurs have a very strong first eleven but if there is one area where they are weak, it's the full backs. Kyle Walker has been sold and Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier are injured. 

So in comes Ben Davis and Kyle Walker-Peters. Chelsea might not have as much cover as Spurs in this position but the players that they do have available are very dangerous indeed.

Marcos Alonso scored six goals in the Premier League last year and assisted three others. Alonso seemed like a strange purchase last year but he proved to be one of the best signings of the 2016/17 season.

Victor Moses

On the other side in this combined XI would have to be Victor Moses. He has been converted from a winger to a wing back by Antonio Conte and it proved a shrewd move by the Italian. 

Moses scored three goals and provided two assists last year ( his best ever return) but he is also adapt at the art of defending. He made 48 tackles and 41 interceptions for the Blues last season.

So whether he is bombing down the wing on Sunday or defending for his life you can be confident he will do a decent job no matter what. 

Eric Dier

Chelsea have a crisis in the middle of the park. Fabregas is suspended, Bakayoko is injured, Loftus-Cheek has been loaned out and strangely, Matic and Chalobah have been sold. 

All this means David Luiz could very well start as a CM.

Although he scored a lovely goal against Burnley it probably doesn't fill Chelsea fans with much confidence that the sometimes erratic defender is set to start in a key area of the pitch against their fierce rivals.

Tottenham on the other hand have the reliable Eric Dier to call upon. It speaks volumes that there are rumours that both Manchester United and Bayern Munich are after the 23-year-old.

His mobility and in-game awareness are arguably the best in the Spurs team. Dier very much keeps the wheels of Pochettino’s machine turning.

N'Golo Kante

Although if you are talking about a player that keeps the machine moving, Kante is the best in the world at that.

Kante has won two Premier League titles in two years and covered every blade of grass in doing so. Chelsea have a problem in central midfield but luckily Kante is two players in one.

Wembley is a big pitch so Kante will need to be at peak fitness if he is to play his normal terrifying chasing down game. Likewise the whole Spurs team will need to be a peak fitness if they are to keep the ball away from N'golo.

Christian Eriksen

Eriksen has already provided two assists in the Premier League this season and is being linked with Barcelona. The fans from north London will be hoping that Eriksen is the one to dictate play on Sunday.

With Eden Hazard out injured that moment of magic to win a crucial game could very well come from the Dane. Although Willian can have moments of brilliance and was Chelsea's best player last weekend, Christian Eriksen is perhaps the best creative player in England.

Only Kevin De Bruyne got more assists last year with 18 to Eriksen's 15. However Eriksen scored eight last year and De Bruyne scored six. 

If Chelsea are to stand a chance on Sunday they are going to need to make sure that Eriksen doesn't get too much time and space.

Dele Alli

Deli Alli is the future of English football. He is one of only two players (we will get to the other one in a moment) that England have that could seriously be considered world class or at the very least approaching world class.

Daniel Levy has said he wouldn't even be sold for £150m and you can see why. He is vital to Tottenham, he scored 18 goals last season and provided seven. 

He has already opened his account this year with a Frank Lampard-esque goal against Newcastle. He would comfortably walk into any Premier League side so it was in no doubt that Alli was making this XI.


There are doubts on whether Pedro is fit enough to play on Sunday. At the moment though the indication is that he will play and will therefore be Chelsea's main creative spark.

Pedro scored nine goals and also assisted nine last season. It was very close between Pedro and Son Heung-Min for who makes it into this XI.

Son scored 14 and assisted 6 last season but Pedro had a higher passes per match average with 27.06 compared to Son's 22.79 and provided more crosses with 72 vs 62.

Although Son had a higher shooting accuracy with 41% vs Pedro's 29% and was also the only player to have won two player of the month awards last season.

I'm given the nod to Pedro though, simply because he scored a beauty against Spurs last season in Chelsea's 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge. Spurs were dominating that game until Pedro pulled that rabbit out of the hat and it's those moments that win you a league title.

Harry Kane

The first name on the team sheet. The best striker in the premier league - 29 goals last year, 25 the season before that and 21 in his 2014/15 breakout season.

Although he has tended to start slow there was no way he was not making this XI. Morata may be a very fine purchase for Chelsea but Harry Kane guarantees you 20 goals. He also has a phenonimal record in London derbies with 19 goals in 27 London clashes. 

Harry Kane will be the player to keep an eye on, if he is on form it will be very hard for Chelsea to come away with anything from the game.

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