The drums are beating loudly as a heavyweight London derby clash takes center stage under the Tottenham Stadium lights! League leaders Spurs play host to a Chelsea side still finding their feet under new boss Pochettino.
Spurs have started the season like a bullet train, speeding ahead of their rivals early on. Strike partners Son and Richarlison have been sharper than samurai swords in attack.
But wounded Chelsea are desperate to kickstart their stuttering season and will come out swinging in this grudge match. Can Deadly Dele Alli and Co. clip the Blues' wings? Let the fireworks fly in this explosive capital city clash!
The match will take place on Tuesday, 7th November 2023, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Chelsea Crash Again While Bees Sting Bridge
Chelsea huffed and puffed but just couldn't blow Brentford's house down. The Blues dominated possession but lacked the killer instinct to break down the Bees' stubborn defense.
Despite having all the big-money talent like Noni Madueke and Raheem Sterling, Chelsea's finishing was fizzier than a can of soda left open overnight. Madueke smacked the bar early on but otherwise, chances were slim pickings.
New boss Mauricio Pochettino was more animated than a cartoon character on the sidelines as he watched chance after chance go begging. The lack of ruthlessness up front is becoming a giant thorn in Chelsea's side.
Midfield Maestros Lack Magic
In midfield, Chelsea's magicians like Mason Mount just couldn't conjure up any spells to unlock Brentford. Their passing was slower than a tortoise munching on lettuce. Brentford gobbled up any space for Chelsea's creators to work their magic.
Pochettino tried to inject some energy by subbing for new boys Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk. But even these flashy talents couldn't spark Chelsea into life.
Bees' Sting In the Tail
While Chelsea spluttered, Brentford grew in confidence like a kid getting taller. The Bees defending were busier than bees protecting their hive. They swarmed around Chelsea's stars, not giving them an inch.
Brentford looked dangerous on the counterattack with speedy striker Bryan Mbeumo a real livewire. He sent alarm bells ringing whenever he got the ball.
The Bees patiently waited for their moment to sting Chelsea on the break. Big defender Ethan Pinnock bulldozed home a powerful header from a corner to give Brentford a shock lead.
Then at the death, Mbeumo netted Brentford's second after Neal Maupay unselfishly set him up. It was the ultimate sucker punch for Chelsea as the Bees clinched a famous win.
Brentford's courageous defending and deadly counterattacks left Chelsea's stars dazzled and defeated. Pochettino's men will need to buzz much louder next time to break down opponents like this.
Spurs Ride Their Luck Early Before Clinical Finish
Tottenham were slow out of the blocks and lived dangerously in the first half. Palace's bright start had Spurs teetering.
But the visitors hung on before ruthlessly punishing Palace after the break. The own goal broke Palace's resistance before Son applied the killer blow.
It was a mature away display, weathering an early storm before showing their attacking quality later on. Games like these mark title challengers out from the rest.
Palace Provides Stern Early Test
Under the Selhurst Park lights, Crystal Palace came flying out of the traps to ruffle Spurs' feathers early on. The Eagles showed attacking intent, with Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew looking dangerous.
Palace talisman Zaha was a bundle of tricks out wide, tying Tottenham fullback Matt Doherty in knots at times. While Ayew's pace and direct running caused some first-half palpitations in the Spurs backline.
Had Ayew converted a golden early chance when clean through, the Eagles could have soared into an early lead to rock Spurs.
Hodgson's Halftime Tweak Fails to Spark Palace
At halftime, Palace boss Roy Hodgson rolled the dice by bringing on striker Odsonne Edouard to provide more attacking thrust.
But the tweak failed to get Palace firing on all cylinders. Despite plenty of hustle and bustle, the Eagles struggled to seriously ruffle the Spurs backline after the break.
With Zaha shackled and Ayew wasting another decent opening, Palace lacked the cutting edge to capitalize on their energetic display.
Eagles Downed by Rare Ward Own Goal
The game turned on a crazy moment when Joel Ward inadvertently deflected the ball into his net to give Spurs the lead.
It was a cruel blow for Palace, who had defended stoutly up to that point. But Ward's unlucky own goal left Hodgson incredulous on the sidelines.
That stroke of misfortune knocked the stuffing out of the Eagles. They struggled to muster a response as Spurs grabbed control.
Son's Clinical Finish Seals the Points
Tottenham talisman Son Heung-min put the game to bed with a trademark clinical finish from close range.
Son showed his predatory instincts to pop up at the back post and convert a precise low cross. That was his eighth league goal of a stellar campaign.
It was a hammer blow that Palace had no answer to. Son's ice-cool finish snuffed out any late comeback hopes.
Tottenham Hotspur: G. Vicario, Destiny Udogie, M. van de Ven, C. Romero, Pedro Porro, Y. Bissouma, Pape Sarr, Richarlison, J. Maddison, D. Kulusevski, Son Heung-Min
Chelsea: R. Sanchez, Levi Colwill, Thiago Silva, Axel Disasi, Reece James, M. Caicedo, C. Gallagher, R. Sterling, E. Fernandez (if not injured), Cole Palmer, N. Jackson
Son Speed vs Gallagher Steel
Spurs' electric winger Son Heung-min comes up against Chelsea enforcer Conor Gallagher who will try to kick him off the park! Son's pace and trickery vs Gallagher's crunching tackles. An intriguing duel lies in wait.
Kulusevski Craft vs Ziyech Wizardry
A midfield magician battle royale between Spurs' creative ace Dejan Kulusevski and Chelsea's conjurer Hakim Ziyech. Two mercurial talents who can unlock any defense with a sprinkle of magic dust. This spells trouble!
Expect a cagey affair with so much pride and bragging rights at stake. But Spurs' frightening home form may prove decisive.
Kane and Son have the tools to pierce Chelsea's fragile backline on the counter. A moment of magic from Portuguese playmaker Pedro Porro could settle a tight tussle.