Competition: Premier League – Chelsea FC vs. Tottenham Hotspur FC
Venue: Stamford Bridge – Monday, May 2 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)
Match Odds: Chelsea 13/8 – Draw 12/5 – Tottenham 6/4
The title race could actually be over by the time this game kicks off. If Leicester beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, they will seal the title and that will slightly reduce the importance of this game.
However, clashes between Chelsea and Spurs are always important for both sets of fans and this is expected to be an intense battle, even if the end of the season is near.Embed from Getty Images
The Blues have had a year to forget but they did beat Bournemouth 4-1 in their last fixture. Winning a first home league game since February will now be the aim on Monday.
Spurs have had an incredible season and even if they miss out on the title, fans have plenty of reason for optimism for years ahead.
Mauricio Pochettino has done an incredible job and has reportedly agreed to a new five-year contract with the club.
The Lilywhites are unbeaten in seven and have only lost one of their last ten London derbies in the Premier League (W5 D4 L1).
However, Chelsea will be confident of avoiding defeat, having not lost at home to Spurs in the league for 26 years.
Chelsea will be without Thibaut Courtois as he serves the second of his two-game ban so Asmir Begovic will continue between the sticks. Kurt Zouma and Loic Remy both remain sidelined with injuries, while John Terry and Gary Cahill are doubts.
Tottenham will be without Dele Alli for the remainder of the season after he was handed a three-game ban for violent conduct in last week’s 1-1 draw with West Brom. Eric Dier is a doubt with concussion, while Nabil Bentaleb is definitely out.
Chelsea’s last five: D/W/L/L/W
Tottenham’s last five: W/D/W/W/D
Key Stat: Tottenham have not beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League since 1990, winning 17 and drawing eight of the 25 games since.
Key Player: Harry Kane – Tottenham’s goal machine has 13 goals in his last 14 league outings and has netted five in his last three on the road. He seems to thrive in London derbies and Chelsea will need to mark him tightly.
Chelsea 1-2 Tottenham – This should be a tight affair despite the 18-point gap between the two sides. Chelsea will look to end the season as strongly as they can, while also looking to beat their local rivals. Tottenham, though, have proved to be a real force all season and will be out to finish the campaign as best they can after last week’s disappointing 1-1 draw with West Brom.