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Stan Collymore predicts Chelsea v Tottenham

By Dominic Toner

Stan Collymore believes that Chelsea will continue their winning run against Tottenham and hailed the importance of their defence.

The Blues have won their last six Premier League games and have not conceded in that time, with the club rising to top spot in the table.

Antonio Conte’s side host Spurs on Saturday in the league and will hope to extend their one-point gap ahead of second-placed Liverpool.

Collymore thinks that Chelsea will go on to keep another clean sheet and managed to keep the in-form striker Harry Kane quiet.

“I’m going to go for them (Chelsea) to keep another clean sheet despite Spurs having Harry Kane back in goalscoring form,” Collymore said, as quoted by BoyleSports’ Twitter account. “I think the job that Antonio Conte has done is exceptional, he is the real deal and teams that win titles keep clean sheets.”

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Chelsea boss Conte has settled on a three-man defence of David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill.

The trio have looked formidable and have played in front of settled goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, with John Terry, Kurt Zouma and Branislav Ivanovic all restricted to the bench.

The Blues have conceded just nine league goals in the opening 12 games and Spurs (8) are the only team who can better that record in the division.

Spurs forward Kane represents the biggest danger to ending Chelsea’s defensive record, with the England international scoring four goals in his last three games.

The 23-year-old has been in goalscoring form following his return from injury and is worryingly for Chelsea is still not back to his best.

Three of his four recent goals have been from the penalty spot and he is still trying to rediscover the touch that made him the Premier League’s top scorer last season with 25 goals.

In other Chelsea news, Barcelona have scouted the club’s player three times after his stunning transformation.