Kick-off: Sunday, April 1 @4:00 PM GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London)
Head to head record
Tottenham vs Chelsea 1-2 (2017/2018 Premier League)
Chelsea vs Tottenam 4-2 (2016/2017 FA Cup)
Tottenham vs Chelsea 2-0 (2016/2017 FA Cup)
Chelsea vs Tottenham 2-1 (2016/2017 FA Cup)
Chelsea vs Tottenham 2-2 (2015/2016 FA Cup)
Chelsea vs Tottenham prediction
There will be fireworks when Chelsea and Tottenham face each other in the London derby. Both sides are eyeing a place in the Champions League and it remains to be seen who will have a reason for celebration this time out.
Chelsea are unlikely to defend their Premier League title and, as things stand now, they would be more than happy with securing a top-four finish. The Blues, though, have been struggling to find their best form in 2018 and the lack of teamwork seems to be their key problem. Antonio Conte will almost certainly leave the club in the summer and it remains to be seen if Chelsea players are going to be at their sharpest in the remainder of the season. The Blues are five points behind the Champions League berth, meaning that they face a must-situation in Sunday’s local derby against Tottenham. Antonio Conte’s troops defeated Crystal Palace in their last home game in the national championship, but the London derby against Spurs will be anything but a walk in the park for the title holders. Alvaro Morata has recovered in time to face Tottenham and the Spanish attacker is likely to lead the line for the hosts.
Ethan Ampadu, Ross Barkley and David Luiz are all sidelined with injury, whilst first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois should be fit to face Tottenham.
No Harry Kane
Tottenham Hotspur have been scoring goals for fun of late. Despite the fact that Harry Kane has yet to overcome his injury, Spurs rolled over Swansea City in the FA Cup before the international break. In Kane’s absence, Korea Republic international Son will be deployed up front as a lone forward in Mauro Pochettino’s team and the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Tottenham Hotspur are on a four-game winning run in the English top flight ahead of the London derby, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from Sunday’s showdown as they are five points clear of their bitter local rivals in the Premier League standings. Mauro Pochettino’s men are eager to get their revenge on the Blues for a 2-1 loss at Wembley Stadium, but they are likely to adopt a cautious approach against the title holders. Yet another man to watch in the away team will be Christian Eriksen, who scored a brace in the FA Cup triumph over Swansea City.
Top scorer Harry Kane remains in the recovery room, whilst Harry Winks has yet to overcome an ankle problem. Coach Mauro Pochettino has no other selection worries.
- Chelsea are after their third consecutive win over Spurs
- Tottenham are on a six-game unbeaten run on the road in EPL
- Blues suffered only one loss in last ten games at home
- Heung-Min Son has netted 12 goals in EPL so far this term
- Spurs are eyeing their fifth straight win in the league
Chelsea vs Tottenham betting pick
Chelsea did well to beat Tottenham at Wembley Stadium in the first half of the season and seeing that they want this win more than Spurs, I believe that there is a big value in betting on Antonio Conte’s troops. Despite the fact that situation at Stamford Bridge is anything but ideal, home win should be considered as the visitors will be without top scorer Harry Kane in Sunday’s derby.
Pick: Chelsea to win