30th of March 2018 Author: Johnny Karp
Chelsea and Tottenham clash in a London Derby with very much at stake, the two teams meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and this game could decide which of the two grabs a top-four finish in the Premier League this season. Chelsea won the reverse fixture 2-1 in August thanks to a pair of goals from Marcos Alonso, while last season the Blues defeated Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League and in the FA Cup but lost 2-0 at White Hart Lane. Overall, Chelsea have won three of the last six direct matches in all competitions.
Chelsea are in serious danger of finishing outside the top four, and Sunday's match could either give them a huge boost or destroy their hopes for good. The Blues are currently in fifth place and Tottenham are five points above them in fourth place, so if the Blues win Sunday's derby they could narrow the gap to just two points. Antonio Conte's men qualified for the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a 2-1 extra-time victory over Leicester before the international break, but they are out of the Champions League after a 3-0 defeat at Barcelona.
Tottenham can still hope to finish second or third in the Premier League, but they can drop out of the top four as well. Second-placed Manchester United are just four points ahead of the Spurs, and there are eight games left in the season for both sides. The Spurs have secured their place in the FA Cup semi-finals as well with a 3-0 victory at Swansea before the international break, but they also crashed out of the Champions League as they lost at home against Juventus. Harry Kane is still injured and that could have a big impact on the team's performance and ability to score.
Chelsea: Courtois - Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger - Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso - Willian, Hazard - Morata
Tottenham: Lloris - Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies - Wanyama, Dembele - Lamela, Alli, Eriksen - Son Heung-Min
My prediction: 1-1 draw.
Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:
Chelsea win - 2.29
Draw - 3.29
Tottenham win - 3.10
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