Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Tottenham

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

Match Preview

Chelsea face Tottenham in the latest Premier League London derby on Monday night, with the Blues looking to further dent Spurs’ fading title hopes.

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.

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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.

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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.

Team News

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.

Key Points

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.

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Score Prediction

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.

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League Cup Final Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Tottenham

Competition: Capital One Cup – Chelsea vs Tottenham

Venue: Wembley Stadium – Sunday, March 1st – 16:00 (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Chelsea 4/6 – Draw 11/4 – 9/2

Match Preview

It’s Chelsea vs Tottenham in the League Cup final and this has all the makings of a classic cup final clash at Wembley in what is a repeat of the 2008 final. Spurs lifted the trophy with a 2-1 win after extra-time on that day but have not won a trophy since and will have all eyes on Sunday’s clash with their London rivals.

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Chelsea go into the game as favourites and the Premier League leaders will be seeking revenge for that 5-3 defeat at White Hart Lane on New Years Day in this one. Jose Mourinho will have his side fully focused on the game as the Blues look to win their first trophy under Mourinho since his return 18 months ago.

The Blues come into the game off the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw with Burnley last weekend but have had a full week to prepare for Sunday’s huge clash.

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Spurs were eliminated from the Europa League by Fiorentina on Thursday night and remained in Italy after the game to prepare for the League Cup final so it will be intriguing to see just how much that affects their performance.

Chelsea won the league meeting between the two sides with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge in December but that 5-3 loss at White Hart Lane sets this one up perfectly.

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That defeat to Spurs was Chelsea’s first in eleven and so they will fancy their chances of lifting English football’s first major domestic honour of the season.

Team News

Chelsea will be without Nemanja Matic after he was sent off in last week’s draw against Burnley in what is a huge blow for Mourinho. Ramires will likely step in to partner Cesc Fabregas in midfield, especially as John Obi Mikel is likely to be unavailable as he is still suffering from a knee injury. The Blues will be at full strength apart from that and it will be interesting to see who starts in goal as well as who partners John Terry at the back as Gary Cahill was outclassed at Tottenham in the 5-3 loss.

Chelsea vs Tottenham League Cup Final Predicted Lineups

Chelsea vs Tottenham League Cup Final Predicted Lineups (via Lineupbuilder.com)

Spurs have no injury concerns ahead of the game and Mauricio Pochettino will be able to field what he feels is his strongest team on Sunday. Ryan Mason, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Moussa Dembele, Eric Dier and Harry Kane did not start against Fiorentina and can be expected to play from the off in this one. Erik Lamela is likely to start on the right but Andros Townsend and Nacer Chadli will both be pushing for starts too.

Key Points

Chelsea’s last five in all competitions: D/W/W/D/D

Tottenham’s last five in all competitions: W/L/D/D/L

Key Stat: Goals galore – There have been 33 goals in the last seven meetings between these two sides in all competitions.

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Key Player: Branislav Ivanovic – The versatile right-back has been in fine form of late for Chelsea and has scored four in his last six from defence. He will need to stop Christian Eriksen but could be a real threat at the other end too.

Score Prediction

Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham – There is too little to separate these sides in normal time and we could see the game go to extra-time once again. If it does Spurs could repeat their antics from the 2008 final and the key for Chelsea will be dealing without Matic for the entire game.