Tottenham and Chelsea are set to clash in a high-stakes London, and the stage is set for a thrilling match. Blues manager Mauricio Pochettino will be in the away dugout for the first time as a manager at Tottenham's home ground, and the reunion carries a lot of tension. Pochettino, during his over five years in charge, oversaw one of Tottenham's most successful periods, including a memorable Champions League final. However, he now returns as the adversary.
On the other side, Ange Postecoglou has led his new squad to the top of the Premier League, making it the best-ever start to a season for a newly appointed manager. He understands the significance of another victory under the lights, especially in a game of this magnitude.
In terms of player availability, Postecoglou has given Destiny Udogie a "50-50" chance of being fit for the match, but there's still time for the left-back to recover from a recent knock. Unfortunately, deputy left-back Ben Davies is ruled out of the game.
Yves Bissouma has managed to avoid his fifth yellow card of the season, so he should start in midfield alongside Pape Sarr. Rodrigo Bentancur, who is working his way back to full fitness after a nine-month injury layoff, is expected to be in the squad after a late cameo in the recent win against Crystal Palace. Brennan Johnson is pressing for a place on the left side of Spurs' attack, potentially replacing Richarlison.
As for Chelsea, there are doubts about the availability of both Armando Broja and Mykhailo Mudryk. Pochettino is expected to provide an update on their fitness during Friday's press conference. Unfortunately, Christopher Nkunku's return is expected towards the end of November, ruling him out for this game, along with midfielders Romeo Lavia and Ben Chilwell. All other injuries are more long-term.
Both teams have a lot at stake in this match. Tottenham is currently in excellent form, while Chelsea has had some close calls this season. The morale and chemistry within the Tottenham squad seem to be at a high, which could be a crucial factor in this matchup.
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