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Tottenham host Chelsea tonight in what will be a hotly contested London derby, who will win?
sokapro-Tottenham host Chelsea tonight in what will be a hotly contested London derby, who will win?

Mauricio Pochettino will be making his long awaited Tottenham homecoming when he leads his Chelsea side to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to square it out with his former side in what is expected to be a thrilling and entertaining football match.

Tottenham will take on Chelsea in an entertaining London derby that is expected to test the depth of both teams. Tottenham head coach Ange Postecoglou has warned ex-Spurs boss Pochettino not to expect a guard of honour when he makes his North London return on Monday evening, but come to the end of the campaign, teams could line up in applause for the Australian's free-flowing troupe if performances continue in the same vein. Tottenham are currently seated at position two in the league with this Chelsea game in hand and Manchester City are ahead of them with a point seated at the first position. Postecoglou will seek to become just the third Premier League head coach to traverse his first 11 games unbeaten after Frank Clark and Maurizio Sarri. Tottenham will also endeavor to string together a five-game winning run in the Premier League for the first time since December 2018 after scoring twice in each of their four home victories while only conceding a mere two goals along the way. 

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Pochettino's departure from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium could be described to have been a bittersweet experience as a poor run of results saw Daniel Levy pull the trigger only months after the Argentine collected a Champions League runners-up medal - but his Tottenham homecoming should only be warmly welcomed by all present. The Blues' recent meetings with London foes have left a lot to be desired, though, as after throwing away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with comeback kings Arsenal. Chelsea were left to rue 90 minutes of profligacy against West London neighbours Brentford, who struck twice on the counter through Ethan Pinnock and Bryan Mbeumo to make it three Stamford Bridge wins on the bounce. Chelsea is currently wallowing in midtable mediocrity and at the thirteenth position. Some pride was, however, restored with a last-16 EFL Cup success over Blackburn, who succumbed to Benoit Badiashile's side-footed finish and a sublime Raheem Sterling curler.

Chelsea fans can take confidence from the fact that their side have taken seven points from their last three top-flight fixtures on the road, albeit against a trio of bottom-half teams in Fulham, Bournemouth, and newly-promoted Burnley. The Blues' February stopover at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium ended in a 2-0 beating - several months on from their explosive 2-2 Stamford Bridge draw. Mauricio Pochettino will try to avoid leading Chelsea to their 16th Premier League loss of 2023 at his former headquarters. The most likely result tonight will be a draw since both sides have got very high stakes in tonight's match. 

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