An exciting clash is on the cards as Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur at the Stamford Bridge in a highly anticipated London Derby on Monday night.
Chelsea bounced back from consecutive defeats with a 4-1 win at Bournemouth last weekend, but their recent form is far from convincing. The Blues have tasted defeat just twice in the last six Premier League outings and Guss Hiddink will be demanding an improvement in the final weeks of the season.
Tottenham have all to play for, regardless of Leicester’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Sunday and they will be keen to grab a win and secure the second place finish in the English Premier League. Arsenal are just 2 points behind Spurs, following their win against Norwich on Saturday and Spur wouldn’t want to finish behind their North London rivals.
At the same time, if Spurs fail to win on Monday against the Blues, Leicester City will be crowned as the new English Premier League Champions, as they have an 8 point cushion over the Londoners.
Chelsea’s overall league form in the last six matches read 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats. The Blues have kept a clean sheet only once in their last 10 league matches.
The Blues are without a win in their last three home matches in the league, with a loss and two draws. They have drawn 6 of their last 8 home matches, a meagre 9 points from a possible 24.
Tottenham Hotspur are on a 7 match unbeaten run in Premier League, with 4 wins and 3 draws. They have lost only once in their last 14 matches, with 10 wins and draws.
Spurs are the second best away side in the league behind Leicester and won 9, drawn 6 and lost 2 of their 16 games on the road so far. Tottenham have lost just once in their last 16 away matches in the league.
Chelsea: Team News
Kurt Zouma and Lioc Remy are ruled out for the remainder of the season, while Thiabut Courtois serves the last of his two-match ban. Asmir Begovic is the designated replacement for the Belgian shot stopper.
Hiddink is hopeful on the fitness of both John Terry and Gary Cahil, while the youngsters Michael Hector and Lucas Piazon could start from the bench.
Chelsea: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Rahman, Terry, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta,
Pedro, Hazard, Willian,
Tottenham: Team News
Dele Alli is banned after the altercation with Claudio Yacob in the 1-1 draw with West Brom last Monday.
Eric Dier is a doubt here, but Mauricio Pochettino has plenty of cover as Nabil Bentaleb is the only player out with an injury.
Tottenham: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose,
Lamela, Mason, Eriksen,
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Head-to-Head Stats
- Chelsea are coming on the back of a 3 match winning run at home against Tottenham and are undefeated in the last 19 as hosts in all competitions.
- Spurs have failed to score a goal in their last three visits to Stamford Bridge, but conceded a massive 11 goals.
- Tottenham have won once in their last 13 meetings with Chelsea, with the Blues winning in 6 and drawing 6.
- The teams played out a 0-0 stalemate in this season’s first leg Premier League fixture at White Hart Lane on November 2015.
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Prediction
Chelsea can boast of a strong home record against the Spurs and haven’t lost in the last 19 matches as hosts. They will be certainly looking for a win here against a team that they haven’t lost at home since 1990.
Spurs on the other hand, will be hoping to end their bad run of results at Chelsea and moreover will be keen to hold on to the second position in the league table by avoiding a defeat here.
Chelsea’s form hasn’t been that great lately and especially their home form is poor in the calendar year 2016. They haven’t won back-to-back games at Stamford Bridge this season and I expect their misery to continue on Monday night.
I predict a scored draw in these high profile London Derby with both teams will be out here to avoid a defeat. I expect a 2-2 scoreline at the end of full 90 minutes.
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Bet Tips
Best Bet: Double Chance – Tottenham to win or draw.
Risky Bet: Harry Kane to score the last goal.
Big Money Bet: Both Teams to score and Full time Result Chelsea.