Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur – Lilywhites to surprise at 40/1
[fcrp_feat_sc sc_id=”6800″]Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur – Stamford Bridge – April 1, 2018 – 16:00 hrs – EPL preview
With their Champions league betting hopes snuffed out by Barcelona, Chelsea's aim now would be to crawl back into the Top Four of the Premier League and make something of the FA Cup where they have entered the semi-finals. The Blues will be relieved that their next Premier League outing against a in-form Tottenham will be at home in Stamford Bridge having lost all their last four away games.
Antonio Conte's boys have shown signs of getting back to their feet with an impressive win in the FA Cup quarter-finals against Leicester City away at King Power stadium on March 18. The out-of-form Alvaro Morata found one of his rare goals in recent times in the Leicester game. Even the jaded Pedro looked impressive getting the winning goal.
Chelsea's mainstay upfront, Eden Hazard, says he is willing to sacrifice his normal left-wing position for a “False 9” that Antonio Conte has chosen for him ahead of the crunch match against the Spurs. How that works out for the side in Sunday’s critical game remains to be seen. Willian has been by far the Blues' most impressive player of late and has been unlucky not to get the number of goals he deserves. The Chelsea defense of Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill have been prone to errors that have cost the Blues vital matches. This is something that Tottenham will look to exploit ruthlessly.
Mauricio Pochettino's though will be looking forward anxiously to his talismanic striker Harry Kane to recover from the ligament injury he sustained in early March. But even without Kane, Tottenham have racked up wins of 0-3 against Swansea in the FA Cup and 1-4 against Bournemouth in away games. Forwards Son Heung-min, Del Alli, Christian Eriksen and Eric Lamela have been in sublime form, all getting goals in those couple of games. Spurs fans have been delighted to see pictures of Kane without the protective boot and are hoping the 24-year old striker will recover in time for April 1st's Stamford Bridge clash.
The Lilywhites were unluckly to have exited the UEFA Champions League and were much more impressive than Chelsea in their narrow defeat to Italian champions Juventus.
Spurs have gone throught the last 12 Premier League games without a defeat. Apart from the nine games they have won in this phase, they played out a brilliant 2-2 draw away at Anfield against Liverpool. So, despite never having won in 28 years at Stamford Bridge, Pochettino's boys have a fair bit of momentum going for them that could see them through on Sunday.
Even if Chelsea manage to win the game, they would still be rooted to the 5th spot being 5 clean points behind their weekend rivals on the EPL table. But, history seem to be influencing the bookmakers as the odds are distinctly in favour of the hosts. Chances of a drawn game also look high with both sides scoring.