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'I'm worried': Paul Merson predicts result of Chelsea v Tottenham clash
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'I'm worried': Paul Merson predicts result of Chelsea v Tottenham clash

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur face off in the Premier League on Sunday.

Both the Blues and Spurs got their respective campaigns off to a winning start last week.

Chelsea sneaked a 1-0 win away at Everton on Saturday, courtesy of a Jorginho penalty in first-half injury time.

Meanwhile, Tottenham were rampant as they hammered Southampton 4-1 in north London on the same day.

Although James Ward-Prowse opened the scoring for the visitors, Ryan Sessegnon and Eric Dier had Spurs 2-1 up at the break.

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And in the second half, a Mohammed Salisu own goal and a Dejan Kulusevski effort just after the hour saw Spurs clinch a resounding victory.

Both Chelsea and Tottenham have brought in multiple players this summer.

The Blues have snapped up Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Carney Chukwuemeka and Gabriel Slonina.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have signed Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Clement Lenglet.

Chelsea are reportedly still in talks over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wesley Fofana and Frenkie de Jong.

And Spurs are closing in on the signing of Udinese’s Destiny Udogie, though he’s set to remain in Serie A this season.

“Neither Chelsea nor Tottenham Hotspur can afford to suffer defeat this weekend”

Paul Merson, writing on Sportskeeda, admits he’s “worried” for Chelsea given their “United-ish” display against Everton.

However, he still feels Thomas Tuchel’s charges will have enough to pick up a 1-1 draw against Antonio Conte’s side.

“This match is massive, and not just because of the rivalry between the two teams.

“Chelsea beat Tottenham four times last season. They did the double-over Spurs in the Premier League, and that produced a huge 12-point swing in their favour.

“I’m worried for Chelsea this weekend. They were a bit United-ish against Everton if I’m being honest.

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“Their game wasn’t fluid and pretty stop-start, and they couldn’t put four passes together against an Everton team that wasn’t great, to begin with.

“If Spurs come to Stamford Bridge and win, you’d be worried about Chelsea and their top-four credentials.

‘Tottenham will want to make a statement here. A victory against Chelsea would turn heads, even if it’s only the second game of the season.

“If they lose after buying all those players, however, you’ll hear talk of how they still haven’t caught up with the Premier League’s big boys.

‘If either team loses this match, it’s a massive step in the wrong direction.

“Neither Chelsea nor Tottenham Hotspur can afford to suffer defeat this weekend, and I think this game will end in a draw.”

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