Chelsea vs Tottenham preview, betting tips and prediction: Who will prevail in this clash of the Champions League chasers?
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Chelsea and Tottenham were the main Premier League title chasers last season, with the Blues eventually winning the title by a fair margin. This season has not gone to plan for either, with Champions League qualification hanging in the balance for both of them. It is looking unlikely that they will reach the top table as a pair again, with the Blues trailing Spurs in fifth place in the table, but a win at Stamford Bridge when they meet on Sunday will reinvigorate their hunt by taking them above their London rivals.
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There can be no doubting the work Mauricio Pochettino has done at Spurs is incredible, maintaining such a talented squad of players and constantly challenging at the top end of the table. He may have taken away the jokes at the club’s expense, but he has not yet been able to cement them as a force by winning a trophy. Chelsea and Spurs are in the FA Cup semi finals, and both will need to win it to avoid a year without silverware. At their best, Spurs can beat anyone, but another of Pochettino’s issues has been winning away games against other top six sides. Losses at Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City suggest that, without the injured Harry Kane, they may succumb in this one; but it will be a tight affair.
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Chelsea have had a tough time lately, losing heavily despite a good performance in the Champions League to Barcelona. But they can close the gap on Spurs to just two points with a win on Sunday.
Tottenham have not lost in the Premier League since being humbled by Manchester City in December. They have scored scored seven goals in their last two games despite Kane’s injury.
Harry Kane is the only player unavailable to Pochettino, but Toby Alderweireld’s participation is doubtful.
Likewise, Chelsea will have everyone but Ross Barkley available on Sunday.