Chelsea v Tottenham LIVE: Premier League updates – Marc Cucurella makes first start


<p>Chelsea take on Spurs in the first ‘Top 6 fight’ of the season </p>
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Chelsea take on Spurs in the first “Top 6 fight” of the season

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The first meeting of two Big Six teams takes place this afternoon Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge. The Blues prevailed in their opening game against Everton First League season they needed a cool head Jorginho bringing home a penalty that secured them the win while Spurs swept past Southampton 4-1 without their two main stars – Harry Kane and son Heung-min – be included in the scorer list.

Marc Cucurella will start for the first time this afternoon as Ben Chilwell is out. Ruben Loftus-Cheek also joins the side, replacing Cesar Azpilicueta. Antonio Conte remains with the same starting XI that started against Saints, meaning summer signing Ivan Perisic is back on the bench.

Chelsea won both league games against Tottenham last season as well as both games in the Carabao Cup semi-finals so today’s game will prove to be an early indicator of what Spurs can achieve this season. At least they want to secure Champions League Qualifying, but they might think about lifting a trophy and maybe fighting for the title too.

Follow all the action as Chelsea take on Spurs in the first London derby of the season:

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Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

15 mins: Reece James delivers the set piece into the box but the whistle goes almost immediately when Chelsea have a man offside in the box.

The Blues begin to control the ball. They saw most of Spurs’ possession, which was focused on defense and counter-attacking.

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Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

12 mins: Cucurella swings a cross into the box from the left but Eric Dier is there to slap it down the opposite wing. Ruben Loftus-Cheek gets it under control and then lays it down to Reece James before Ryan Sessegnon smashes down the full-back to hand Chelsea a free-kick.

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Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

9 mins: Ruben Loftus-Cheek drifts inside as Chelsea push up the pitch, allowing Reece James to come around the back and swing in a cross.

Tottenham get it down to Marc Cucurella, who smacks a left-footed try from the edge of the box and is unable to put it through the accumulation of bodies in the area.

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Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

6 mins: Dejan Kulusevski has his first run down Chelsea’s defense before sending the ball down the middle. The Blues give a free kick after a half clearance and Son Heung-min circles his shot high and wide.

Spurs come back by sending the ball into Harry Kane’s feet. He may turn around and pick out Son in the box. The South Korean lets go with another try but it’s blocked by Thiago Silva.

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Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

3 mins: Cristian Romero misguides the ball in the middle of the field and it’s bumped to Raheem Sterling. He puts the ball down to Marc Cucurella, who runs it down the left wing to bomb Mason Mount to the side of the box.

Spurs get into position quickly and Mount gets into trouble without many opportunities to put the ball in.

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Kick-off: Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

Chelsea get the game going and throw the ball back to Thiago Silva. He stabs it long and Ryan Sessegnon watches as it leaps back safely for a push-off.

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Chelsea vs Tottenham

Here come the players. This should be a fun duel with the teams on a fairly level playing field.

Chelsea have had the best encounters between these clubs in recent memory. Will they do it again today?

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Will Kane beat Aguero?

Harry Kane needs two goals to break Sergio Aguero’s record for most Premier League goals for a single club: 184 for Manchester City.

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Chelsea vs Tottenham

warm-up exercises done. Raheem Sterling and Marc Cucurella get their first taste of Stamford Bridge as Chelsea players and could Richarlison make an appearance for Spurs?

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Nottingham Forest scores entertaining win over West Ham as Premier League returns to City Ground

Nottingham Forest have more reason than most to know that one goal can be enough. They have won two European Cups 1-0 and are once again enjoying the goalscoring spirit.

While Taiwo Awoniyi’s bumpy strike won’t be remembered for as long as the greatest moments in the careers of Trevor Francis and John Robertson, it delivered another moment in Forest history. After a 23-year absence from the top flight, the Nigerian scored his first Premier League goal to secure his first win of the millennium.

As West Ham hit the woodwork twice, missed a penalty, cleared a header off the line and disallowed a goal, Forest’s only strike could have resulted in a shot. But if they rode their luck, they also made it.

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