CHELSEA v Tottenham: Preview

Date: Sunday 1st April 2018

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 16:00 BST

 

After a break from domestic football, our return to Premier League actions sees us up against Spurs – so no pressure today then.

Spurs are currently above us in the table and will stay there irrespective of the outcome today but we could close the gap between us and 4th place with a win. Given we usually do win against Spurs at home, we should feel pretty confident – most of us won’t though, because if we continue to play in the way we have done for much of the season, then we just won’t have enough to beat them today.

After ending Spurs’ ‘title hopes’ last season, it’s almost scripted for them to get their revenge by ending their embarrassing record against us at Stamford Bridge, whilst pushing us further away from the Champions League places this time around. That’ll be Pochettino’s plan anyway. 

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says “It is an important game. Our target is to reach the Champions League and then the final of the FA Cup. If we win we go close to Tottenham, if we don’t then not so close with seven games.  Nothing is impossible. With this run I put in Liverpool and we have to try to win every game, not to make mistakes and not drop points.”

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino meanwhile, says “There is still a lot of games to play, but always it’s important for your confidence, motivation – to win at Chelsea would be fantastic but for sure it will be a very tough game. They are a very good team, great quality and always it’s tough to compete with them.  For us, three points would be fantastic and put us in a very good position in the table.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, Ross Barkley (hamstring) and David Luiz (knee) remain out, Thibaut Courtois (hamstring) and Andreas Christensen (fatigue) are doubts.

For Tottenham, Harry Winks (ankle) is out, whilst Pochettino says Harry Kane (ankle) has an outside chance of featuring.

 

TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard

TOTTENHAM (Possible line-up): Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Lamela, Alli, Eriksen; Son

 

LAST SEASON

Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham (26th November 2016)

 

RECENT FORM (PL)

CHELSEA: LLWLLW

TOTTENHAM: WDWWWW

 

OTHER STUFF

~ Chelsea are unbeaten in 27 home league matches against Spurs – and 30 in all competitions

~ Spurs have surrendered the lead on each of their last two league visits to Stamford Bridge

~ Spurs are the only team with an unbeaten Premier League record in 2018

~ Chelsea have lost four of their last six Premier League games

 ~ Chelsea are winless in their last four against top-six sides

~ Chelsea have won only two of their eight league fixtures this season against the other top-six clubs

~ Tottenham are unbeaten in six Premier League away games

~ Spurs have won four consecutive Premier League games, conceding just one goal.

~ Under Pochettino, Spurs have won only one of their 19 away fixtures against the other established top-six sides.

 

PREDICTIONS

BBC Sport: Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

Sky Sports: Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

Sportsmole: Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham

 


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