On one hand this is a typical London derby, on the other hand there are tens of millions of pounds riding on the clash. League leaders Chelsea will be looking to increase their four point margin at the top, while Tottenham will be desperately looking to push into the top four as they trail 4th place by four points at the time of writing.
Jose Mourinho still maintains it’s too early to class Chelsea as title contenders, and he has even gone as far as claiming that Champions League qualification is their principle aim. However, when you look at their current position, you’ve just got to dispute this. The Blues look every bit championship material and recent form also backs up these claims. They approach this clash having won four of their last five top flight games and with their last league defeat arriving all the way back at the start of December, it would be fair to say they are in sterling form. To make matters even more promising, they have still not suffered a defeat at Stamford Bridge in the league which obviously bodes well ahead of this game.
Tottenham on the other hand are something of a mystery side and nobody knows what to quite expect from the White Hart Lane outfit. Having started the campaign in relatively poor fashion, many would suggest that it is a miracle that they still have a chance of a top four finish. With four points separating them from this zone that’s entirely the case though, with their situation aided enormously by that slender 1-0 victory over Cardiff last week. It at least papered over their loss to Norwich in the outing before and it now means that Spurs have lost just one of their last five. Unfortunately, their away form was quite problematic through February, with the club winning just one of their four games on the road.
As for team news, Chelsea have been handed a boost with Eden Hazard back in the reckoning despite initial concerns following international duty. It’s not all good news for the Blues though, with defenders David Luiz and Ashley Cole both absent due to respective groin and knee injuries. Tottenham in contrast are unlikely to be able to rely on the services of Christian Eriksen, who has been struggling with a back injury for the past week. There are also concerns over the likes of Zeki Fryers, Kyle Walker and Younes Kabout – all who represented their countries during the international week.
Tottenham have improved considerably under Tim Sherwood, but we don’t think that Spurs will be able to overcome their London opponents. Chelsea have a fine record at Stamford Bridge and with recent form also being on their side, our tip is going to be a 2-1 win for Jose Mourinho’s side.