The manner of the 4-1 comeback victory over Bournemouth would have left many Spurs fans feeling that securing a Top 4 place was now well within the team’s grasp. While there is plenty of reason to be optimistic, with Spurs now occupying 3rd place five points ahead of Chelsea, the game at Stamford Bridge on 1st April could nevertheless be crucial in deciding who gets Champions League football next season. Here is a breakdown of everything you need to know:
The Form Guide:
Spurs sit smugly at the top of the Premier League form table over the last eight games. Unbeaten in the league since December 16th with wins against United and Arsenal in that run. Chelsea, by contrast, have lost four of the last six, including a 4-1 drubbing by Watford and a 3-0 reverse at the Bridge by Bournemouth.
Chelsea are priced at 13/10 to win the game, with the draw factored in at 12/5. Spurs are available at a very tempting 2/1. Not bad, given their good form and Chelsea’s current travails. If you fancy Spurs to ‘do a Watford’ and smack the Blues 4-1, you can get 50/1 for that. A more reasonable punt on the correct score might be 2-1 Spurs, available at a tidy 11/1. You can get free bets for UK football at sportsbets4free.co.uk and there are plenty of good options in this game to use them on.
Chelsea are all sorts of doom and gloom at the moment, with Tottenham seeming almost zen-like in comparison. Conte has had public issues with the board and they still haven’t sorted their striker problem, with neither Giroud or Morata filling the gap left by Diego Costa. Of course, Spurs have their own issues up top with the news of Harry Kane’s ankle injury. But Spurs have Son Heung-min and Chelsea don’t. So there.
You would be forgiven for thinking that the best way to stop Chelsea is to mark Eden Hazard out of the game. However, another potent threat has emerged in recent weeks in the shape of Willian. The Brazilian is a wonderful player, perhaps joining Son as one of the Premier League’s most underrated attackers. He is bang on form at the moment and his energy often defines Chelsea’s good performances. A big job for the Spurs midfield.
Both sides are preparing for tricky FA Cup quarter-final ties as this is being written, so it is very possible that they will be facing each other in a semi-final, or both deflated after being knocked out to Swansea and Leicester. Spurs are currently 5/2 for the FA Cup, with Chelsea at 4/1. So, the bookies obviously have a clear preference for us over Conte’s men.
What Comes Next:
Each team will have seven remaining games after this one. Spurs are just 1/7 to finish in the Top 4, with Chelsea priced at 2/1. That will change dramatically if Spurs come away from Stamford Bridge empty-handed. Spurs have only one ‘Big Six’ game remaining after this (vs. City on 14th April), whereas Chelsea have City and Liverpool in their run-in.
A point would be a good result for Spurs and Pochettino, you would think, would be very happy with that. He’ll get it too. A 1-1 draw and a good platform to consolidate Champions League football for next season.