Chelsea continue the fight for the Champions League this weekend!
Last updated: March 28, 2018 by Leon Marshal
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|Last Meeting:||Tottenham 1 – 2 Chelsea|
The battle for top four continues this weekend with Chelsea and Tottenham. The two sides are precariously positioned in 4th and 5th place and will be throwing everything into this fixture with the desire of collecting three points on their campaign to secure European football next season.
Chelsea will be feeling the pressure at the moment; Stamford Bridge is a stadium packed with fans that have high expectations from their team, European football is considered the absolute minimum in terms of the seasons achievements. Antonio Conte must remain optimistic, sitting only 5 points behind 4th placed Tottenham, as a win this weekend will leave the race for Europe completely open. But a loss would be catastrophic and would certainly kill their Champions League qualification hopes; Chelsea will be high on confidence given their two previous home victories in the Premier League, albeit against lower league opposition. Chelsea typically have an excellent record against their North-London rivals, and the bookmakers are tipping them as slight favorites to take this one. With star players Eden Hazard, Willian and Fabregas all fit and ready to lead the line for their club, this is set to be a pivotal game in this campaign for Chelsea.
Tottenham will be riding high on a wave of confidence after a dazzling season in which their star players seem to have matured, grown a deep shared chemistry and trampled the weaker opposition of this Premier League season. Spurs will be at a major disadvantage going into to this one with the injury concerns of Harry Kane. The absence of the leading number 10 could have disastrous implications for the Champions League qualification hopes of Tottenham. With less pressure on the Chelsea midfield to contain the dangerous forward, their will be more freedom for players like Kante and Fabregas who will be looking to dominate the midfield battle and allow their forward players to press the Tottenham defence high-up the pitch. It will be a defensive effort from Tottenham this Sunday that’s for sure, as they look to contain the advancement of Chelsea and cement their place in the Champions League next season!
Harry Kane will miss the match with an ankle injury.
Harry Winks is not available due to a serious ankle injury.
David Luiz has a tentative return date of April 1st, but could miss out from a sustained ankle injury.
Thibaut Courtois remains uncertain after behind sidelined for his national team with a minor hamstring injury.
|Chelsea (5-2-2-1):||Courtois, Alonso, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Hazard, Giroud, Willian|
|Subs:||Morata, Pedro, Bakayoko, Caballero, Moses, Emerson, Ampadu|
|Tottenham (4-2-3-1):||Lloris, Davies, Vertonghen, Sanchez Mina, Trippier, Dembele, Dier, Eriksen, Alli, Lucas, Son|
|Subs:||Llorente, Lamela, Aurier, Vorm, Foyth, Sissoko, Alderweireld|
So Far This Season
|Chelsea So Far This Season||Tottenham So Far This Season|
|17 (7)||Wins (away)||18 (8)|
|5 – 1 vs. Stoke||Biggest Win||5 – 0 vs. Stoke|
|5 (3)||Draws (away)||7 (3)|
|1 – 4 vs Watford||Biggest Defeat||1 – 4 vs Manchester City|
|Eden Hazard (11)||Top Goal Scorer||Harry Kane (24)|
|Y34, R4||Discipline||Y38, R2|
|7||Failures to Score||3|
|40%||Both Teams to Score Games||47%|
|57%||Over 2.5 Goals||43%|
|43%||Under 2.5 Goals||57%|
- Chelsea score an average of 1.73 goals per game and conced an average of 0.90 goals per game throughout this domestic season.
- On average Tottenham score 1.97 goals per game and concede 0.83 goals per game during this domestic season.
- Chelsea have been conceding a goal at an average of every 100 minutes and scoring a goal every 52 minutes.
- Tottenham have been finding the back of the net at an average rate of every 46 minutes, whilst conceding a goal every 108 minutes.
Head to Head
|Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides|
|Date||Game Result||Round||First Goal-scorer|
|20/08/2017||Tottenham 1 – 2 Chelsea||Premier League||Alonso 24′|
|22/04/2017||Chelsea 4 – 2 Tottenham||FA Cup||Willian 5′|
|04/01/2017||Tottenham 1 – 2 Chelsea||Premier League||Alli 45′|
|26/11/2016||Chelsea 2 – 1 Tottenham||Premier League||Eriksen 11′|
|20/12/2015||Chelsea 2 – 2 Tottenham||Premier League||Kane 35′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
This game has so much riding on it, both teams will be under immense pressure to perform. Tottenham without their star man will be forced to defend more than usual and hit Chelsea on the counter attack, whereas Chelsea will be looking to steal an early lead and defend hard to secure the three points. With that in mind it is wise to bet on Chelsea win & Under 2.5 goals at 7/2 with BetVictor.