STAR PREVIEW: Chelsea v Tottenham

Both Chelsea and Tottenham are in huge need of a result but neither side makes big appeal in their Premier League showdown. Chelsea have lost seven of their last fourteen Premier League games, have only picked up fifteen points in their last 14 league fixtures, and also won only eight of their nineteen games at Stamford Bridge; Tottenham have won their last three in the Premier League, but they arrive here without their two best forwards and struggled to create anything in their 1-0 loss in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
12:30 BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport Ultimate HD

(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
DEC 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea
FEB 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham
JAN 2019 CARABAO CUP Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham
JAN 2019 CARABAO CUP Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea
NOV 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 3-1 Chelsea
APR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-3 Tottenham
AUG 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea
APR 2017 FA CUP Chelsea 4-2 Tottenham
JAN 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea
NOV 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

The hosts are 8/11 with Star Sports but the only evidence that supports such a short price would be Spurs’ struggle in midweek. Chelsea’s aforementioned record at Stamford Bridge is a serious problem, and it only got worse with their 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Monday. Lampard’s men admittedly didn’t get the luck of the game there – Chelsea had goals by Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud ruled out by VAR – but on many occasions they’ve struggled for goals and they may still be without Ruben Loftus-Cheek & Christian Pulisic for this encounter.

Spurs have exactly the same attacking problems. Just like last season. Son Heung-Min had been filling in for Harry Kane brilliantly, scoring the winning goal against Norwich, Manchester City, Southampton, and Aston Villa before fracturing his arm. His long term injury means that Spurs are now without their top two scorers, responsible for 33 goals in all competitions this season between them, not to mention countless assists, and we saw the trouble that could cause them on Wednesday when they lost 1-0 to Leipzig.

New arrival Steven Bergwijn has performed very well so far and worked extremely hard in midweek but that was to little avail whilst Dele Alli was worryingly sluggish and reacted badly to being substituted in the 64th minute, storming to his seat on the bench before throwing a bottle and his boots to the ground in anger at the decision.

Erik Lamela improved Spurs going toward and would be deserving of a start but Spurs were very lucky to still be in the tie, with Hugo Lloris’s early saves from Angelino and Timo Werner keeping Spurs in it, and his fine second half stop from Patrik Schick kept the score at 1-0.

There were gaps on both flanks and through midfield even a misfiring Chelsea will hope to exploit, although the hosts have struggled defensively too – they’ve conceded two goals in their last four games. The gap between Chelsea and Spurs in the market is definitely too big, but neither side here is especially trustworthy, so the draw appeals as the best bet.

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BACK DRAW 2 pts at 14/5

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