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Kick off is at 4.00pm.

Here are the teams…

Tottenham:  Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Trippier, Vertonghen, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies, Eriksen, Alli, Kane

Subs: Vorm, Walker-Peters, Wimmer, Son, Sissoko, Janssen, Winks

Chelsea: Courtois, Rudiger, David Luiz, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso, Moses, Willian, Morata

Subs: Caballero, Musonda, Batshuayi, Kenedy, Tomori, Scott, Pedro

Wembley, Wembley, Wembley. It was not a happy hunting ground for Tottenham last season in Europe but Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping for better fortunes at the national stadium this year.

The question hangs in the balance as to whether or not Spurs can fill it every second week, however a London derby such as this evening’s should present a capacity crowd — if not close!

They host a wounded animal in Chelsea today. Antonio Conte’s squad is slim and his choice in the middle of the park is scarce, however it seems far too early to hit the self-destruct button just yet. They are champions for a reason, remember.

The Blues fell 3-2 to Burnley in the shock of the opening weekend, with both captain Gary Cahill and Cesc Febregas suspended following red cards at Stamford Bridge.

Spurs, meanwhile got their season off to the perfect start with goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli giving them a comfortable 2-0 victory over Newcastle at St James’ Park.

Kick-off just under ten minutes away as the crowds begin to poor in — this will be the first ever Premier League game played at Wembley.

Spurs have made just two changes from the side which beat Newcastle last weekend, with Kyle Walker-Peters replaced by Kierran Trippier and Victor Wanyama replacing Moussa Sissoko.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have moved David Luiz into midfield in the absence of Fabregas while Timoue Bakayoko makes his debut, if not yet entirely fully fit.

2Mins

A strong start for Chelsea with a lot of intent as Spurs’ fans sing in fine high voices. Willian with an early cross from the left flank which swept across goal and another which was comfortably caught by Courtois.

3Mins

It must be stressed how emphatic an atmosphere the home supporters are making. Many cited Wembley as a disadvantage for Spurs this season, however their fans are putting that notion to bed for now. A carnival atmosphere.

6Mins

Early chance! Ohhh Morata really should have scored there. A sweeping cross sees the Spanish striker completely unmarked between Trippier and Alderweireld in the penalty area.

Neither defender sees him coming, but with just the goal at his mercy the striker heads agonisingly wide from no more than three yards out. He will not want to see that one again.

9Mins

Eric Dier with a cross aimed at Harry Kane in the box but Christensen, making his debut, gets there first.

A follow-up chance comes the England striker’s way from distance which Courtois cannot hold. He spills it momentarily but no-one is on hand to manage a rebound. More lively from the hosts.

13Mins

Antonio Conte is all smiles and in a suit for this evening’g game. No need to panic.

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Premier League - Wembley Stadium Source: EMPICS Sport

14Mins

Oooh a big, big let off for Chelsea as Andreas Christensen lets the ball drop dangerously yards out from his own goal. Delle Ali senses the danger and fires a powerful volley over the top of the crossbar.

Something from nothing for Spurs, but the 21-year-old Danish defender did not inspire confidence there.

18Mins

Tottenham beginning to maintain the upper hand here now. Chelsea look slightly aimless and a tad bit nervous. Conte’s side are happy to sit back and invite pressure as Dembele has a left-footed effort from range tipped wide for a corner.

20Mins

It’s played short and Chelsea snuff out the danger. They go up the other end and David Luiz attempts an effort. Attempts – it flies well and truly over the crossbar. The player affords a wry smile as the home supporters jeer his shooting abilities.

25Mins

That is simply sublime. Marcos Alonso lines up a free-kick in a promising position 25 yards from goal and sweeps it elegantly into Hugo Lloris’ top corner. Spurs are behind and Mauricio Pochettino is shaking his head side to side in disappointment on the Wembley touchline.

27Mins

The atmosphere which had been building inside Wembley is suddenly deflated as the crowd sours slightly with that goal. It was simply a stunning, stunning free-kick and a sucker-punch for the hosts.

29Mins

Tottenham go up and other end as Harry Kane wrestles his way into the penalty area.

Two chances in succession come his way. Firstly he holds off Rudiger brilliantly but sweeps his effort just wide of the post.

His second effort comes further from range. He claims a corner but a kick-out is awarded. Better again from Spurs, desperate to rectify their deficit.

31Mins

Marcos Alonso was delighted with his first strike of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Premier League - Wembley Stadium Source: EMPICS Sport

33Mins

Yellow card for Tottenham: Eric Dier is booked for a foul on David Luiz, who goes on to receive treatment from the Chelsea medics.

34Mins

More bad news for Antonio Conte as Bakayoko goes down holding the back of his left thigh following a challenge from behind.

He should be okay to continue, however doubts over his fitness were raised before kick-off. The player departs momentarily to receive treatment.

37Mins

Yellow card for Chelsea: David Luiz has returned to play and receives a booking of his own after interfering with play cynically, giving Tottenham a free-kick in a dangerous position 25 yards from goal.

39Mins

That. Was. Close. Christian Eriksen sweeps the ball in brilliantly from the resulting set piece. It comes and goes across the face of the goal, but no-one can manage to get a touch on it. Excellent delivery from the Dane.

42Mins

OFF THE POST! Harry Kane takes advantage of a helpless Chelsea defence. Azpilicueta is exposed on the half-way and Spurs take the ball into the box.

The ball comes to the man they want in these kinds of positions but, cutting inside, Kane crashes an outstanding low effort off Courtois’ post.

44Mins

It is all Spurs at the moment as shots reign down on Thibaut Courtois. It is utterly relentless, but they have yet to yield a goal as the half-time break approaches.

Davies came closest but his shot took a deflection off Azpilicueta which made it that bit easier for Courtois to palm away.

45Mins

Spurs really piling on the pressure as another effort is scrambled clear. It comes to Tripper on the right flank as the hosts earn another corner.

45Mins

Another close chance as Eric Dier has an effort cannoned over the crossbar following brilliant and tenacious build-up play. Antonio Conte will know how big of a killer blow a late goal in this first half would be. Chelsea are just about hanging on as we reach the final minute of stoppage time.

46Mins

We’re back. Chelsea’s crisis has been postponed as they take the lead in this game. It was a stunning free-kick from Marcos Alonso, but they could so easily have been ahead earlier following a sitter from close range via Alvaro Morata.

Spurs have always looked lively but created a rake of chances after going behind. They succeeded in taking none of them and remain a goal behind. It’s still all to play for.

48Mins

And just like we finished the first half, Spurs begin the second with a succession of corners which spray across goal, spreading panic across the Chelsea defence. Tottenham are getting closer with each passing chance as Conte’s side sit back and soak it all up.

50Mins

Dembele is fed the ball by Tom Davies just on the edge of the area. He swipes at the chance and drags it comfortably wide.

52Mins

Yellow card for Tottenham: Jan Vertonghen may be lucky to still be on the pitch following a committed lunge at the feet of Victor Moses. A yellow it is.

53Mins

A corner for Chelsea is swung in by Willian. It falls to Kante who sprays the ball back to his team-mate. Willian’s second attempt at a cross is poor and goes out for a throw-in harmlessly. That’s wasteful from Chelsea.

54Mins

Spurs’ fans react to one of their many, many close chances this evening in Wembley…

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Premier League - Wembley Stadium Source: Mike Egerton

59Mins

Another chance comes and goes as Harry Kane offers a bitter shake of the head before booting the opposition post in frustration.

The cross is brilliant from Dele Ali but Kane cannot get there first.

He is patiently waiting and waiting to get his goal, and it appears Chelsea won’t be able to hang on for much longer as pressure continues to mount. They remain ahead, however.

60Mins

Home supporters plead for handball after Ali has a chance deflected inside the penalty area. Excellent and dynamic build-up play once again but the referee plays advantage. That would certainly have been harsh on Chelsea.

66Mins

While Tottenham have certainly dominated proceedings following Alonso’s superb free-kick, their inability to take any of these chances which they have done brilliantly to create could prove to be their downfall.

The hosts look like scoring any time they get near the Chelsea penalty area, however the manner in which Antonio Conte has set his side up to defend backs-against-the-wall has certainly been admirable, if a little last-ditch.

The next goal could decide the future of this game.

67Mins

Chelsea almost create a first chance of this second half. Willian dances brilliantly by Alderweireld but his final touch is overdone as Tom Davies intercepts on the edge of the area.

The Blues are certainly not committing bodies forward, but are willing and able to hit their opponents on the break with pace.

68Mins

Substitution for Tottenham: Eric Dier is replaced by Heung-Min Son.

70Mins

A swift counter attack from Chelsea has Spurs stretched. Alvaro Morata does brilliantly to twist and turn Jan Vertonghen but his effort is deflected ever so slightly and brought wide of Hugo Lloris’ right post.

73Mins

OFF THE POST! Alvaro Morata plays a neat sideways pass to Willian. The Brazilian takes one touch and then offers a quick dribble before catapulting a rapid low strike off the bottom of the post.

Hugo Lloris was stretched and it so easily almost nestled into the bottom corner to double Chelsea’s lead.

Willian is due to be going off to be replaced by Pedro, but is providing a brilliant performance this last 10 minutes.

75Mins

Spurs have finally woken up after a period of Chelsea dominance. Christian Eriksen does well along the right hand channel and earns a corner, which comes to nothing but they still look dangerous in possession. A frantic final fifteen minutes to come here…

78Mins

Substitution for Chelsea: Willian is replaced by Pedro.

79Mins

Substitution for Chelsea: Alvaro Morata is replaced by Michy Batshuayi.

80Mins

Substitution for Tottenham: Ben Davies is replaced by Moussa Sissoko.

82Mins

Oooh it’s an absolute nightmare for Michy Batshuayi! He is only on the pitch a couple of minutes and he has put the ball into the back of his own net.

A smart free-kick from Christian Eriksen is swung in and, under little pressure, the substitute heads the ball beyond Thibaut Courtois and into the back of net to bring the scores level. Incredible.

83Mins

That did not come from no-where and the pressure had to give at some point for the visitors. Spurs had chance, after chance, after chance denied but finally the champions have been breached.

Eriksen has been sublime for the hosts and it is only fair he is the one with the assist for the equaliser. Spurs are continuing to pile on the pressure in search of a second as the Wembley crowd roar in unison.

88Mins

Ohhh goodness gracious what a game this is. Marcos Alonso grabs his second just as Tottenham looked like going ahead following the leveller.

He gets up the field brilliantly and, untracked, ushers his way towards the near post where he slams a low effort into Lloris’ far corner. It’s 2-1 and Alonso is on the double.

90Mins

There will be four minutes of stoppage time to go as Spurs continue in search of a second equaliser.

It must be highlighted how utterly mental Antonio Conte went following Alonso’s second. Eyes bulging, arms swinging. He is a happy man.

90Mins

Chelsea are trying to kill the game now. Both Courtois and Alonso have gone down in recent minutes to try and steer the clock down. They are holding on and have the ball in Tottenham’s half.

90Mins

One minute to go as the camera lingers on the forlorn face of Hugo Lloris — the Spurs captain looks utterly crestfallen.

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