Antonio Conte’s second season in charge of Chelsea isn’t going entirely to plan, but there are still a couple of months left to turn it around and avoid it becoming a complete disaster. They remain in the FA Cup after beating Leicester before the international break, and whilst they are up against it, a top four finish is still within their grasp.
The Blues come into their final eight games of the season 5th in the table, some eight points clear of Arsenal below them but five adrift of the top four. The 4th place position they’re currently chasing down happens to be occupied by Tottenham as well, so this result could prove crucial at the end of the campaign. A win for Spurs would leave them eight points clear in the top four, whilst a Chelsea win would slash the gap to just two points.
The victories haven’t exactly been coming freely for Chelsea though, especially in the Premier League. They have won just three of their nine league outings in 2018, and while their form at Stamford Bridge has been better, they have still failed to deliver against both Leicester and Bournemouth in the last few months.
Tottenham were hoping to challenge for the Premier League title again this season, but they are well and truly out of the race and are just hoping for another top four position this season. The FA Cup is still a possibility for them as well, but like Chelsea their Champions League campaign ended sooner than they would have liked.
Spurs looked in control against Juventus as they took a 2-2 draw away from Turin and then took the lead at Wembley, but a quick double from the Italians sent them crashing out of the competition.
Away from home Tottenham have struggled at times this season too. They are unbeaten in six trips away in the league but have only won four of their last 11. Without Harry Kane their chances of winning plummet, and given the similar form and ability of both sides, backing a Draw here looks a good option.
Our main prediction is for both teams to score though. Chelsea have found the net in nine of their last 11 home games in the league, and face a Spurs side who have only kept a clean sheet in three of their last 11 away days in the league. The visitors have scored in nine of these games too, so Both Teams to Score looks a good value bet along with a 2-2 correct score predictions.
We’re also opting for Chelsea attacker Willian to get on the scoresheet. The Brazilian has scored in each of his last three home games for Chelsea, netting against Hull, Barcelona, and Crystal Palace, so he looks an excellent value bet for our goalscorer predictions.
Head To Head
Chelsea have won four, drawn one, and lost one of their last seven meetings with Tottenham.
Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur Stats
- Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 27 home league matches against Spurs (W18 D9) since losing 2-1 in February 1990.
- Spurs’ 25 games at Stamford Bridge without winning in the Premier League is the most that one team has played on one ground without a single victory in the competition.
- Tottenham have won more points in Premier League London derbies this season than any other side (13 – W4 D1 L2).
- The Blues are looking to do their first league double over Tottenham since the 2005-06 season.
- Spurs have surrendered the lead on each of their last two league visits to Stamford Bridge, drawing 2-2 from 2-0 up in May 2016, and losing 2-1 after Christian Eriksen gave them the advantage last term.
- Spurs are unbeaten in six Premier League away games (W4 D2) since a 1-4 loss at Man City in December.
- After a run of nine games in all competitions without a goal, Son Heung-Min has scored seven in his last five for Tottenham.