Tottenham vs. Chelsea: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea breaks away from Steven Caulker and Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at White Hart Lane on October 20, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Tottenham and Chelsea are set to square off in an important early-season clash. The top of the Premier League table is bunched up after the first five matches. Earning three points against another top-four contender would have a lasting impact.

Spurs are coming off a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in a midweek Capital One Cup match. It was the latest clean sheet in a string of strong defensive performances for Tottenham, which have allowed just one goal so far in league play.

After going through a brief lull that included losses to Everton and Basel, Chelsea have rebounded with a pair of wins to start trending in the right direction again. Jose Mourinho is still trying to figure out the perfect lineup combination, though.

It should be an entertaining match between two clubs with high expectations. Let's check out all the important information for the clash, followed by a look at the top storyline and a prediction.

 

Where: White Hart Lane in London, England

When: Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:45 a.m. ET (12:45 p.m. BST)

Watch: NBC Sports Network and BBC One

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra

 

Match Forecast (via Bloomberg Sports)

Tottenham: 43.2 percent

Chelsea: 31.2 percent

Draw: 25.6 percent

 

Top Storyline: Can Chelsea score an important road victory over Tottenham?

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18:  Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Last month, Chelsea headed to Old Trafford and walked away with a scoreless draw. It was a result the Blues seemed comfortable accepting, especially as the match reached its latter stages and the focus shifted to defending for the road squad.

Although that was certainly an acceptable outcome against the defending champions, Chelsea will most likely need to score a couple of key road wins during the campaign if they want to push for the title. A trip to White Hart Lane presents another opportunity.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21:  Samuel Eto’o (L) of Chelsea holds off the challenge of Fernando Amorebieta (R) of Fulham during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge on September 21, 2013 in London, England.  (Ph
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The biggest key, as often has been the case over the past few terms, is getting reliable production atop the formation. Samuel Eto'o could eventually fill the void, but is still searching for peak form while Fernando Torres and Demba Ba try to earn more playing time.

Chelsea are strong in the midfield and should continue to control the middle of the pitch as Oscar becomes more accustomed to the playmaking role. But unless a reliable striker emerges, the Blues' attack will remain inconsistent.

Tottenham understand that and will likely continue to lean on their defensive prowess early in the match. If they can frustrate the Blues' attack in the first half, there should be plenty of chances to move forward in the second as Chelsea get more aggressive.

 

Prediction

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 22:  Paulinho of Tottenham celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Tottenham Hotspur at Cardiff City Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by
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Spurs faced a lot of questions as it became apparent Gareth Bale's days with the club were nearing a conclusion. They did a nice job of making the necessary moves to avoid a major drop-off. Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Christian Eriksen have all stepped in and played well.

While the outlook improves with each passing positive result, the match with Chelsea is tough test and should give fans a better idea of exactly where Tottenham stands. And it all starts with remaining sound in the defensive third against a talented attacking squad.

The result should be an interesting back-and-forth battle with both sides controlling play for stretches throughout. In the end, both sides will walk away with a point.

Tottenham 1, Chelsea 1