Tottenham Hotspur hold the advantage over Chelsea in the race for Champions League football heading into Sunday’s huge clash at Stamford Bridge.
We currently hold a five point lead over our London rivals with eight games to play, and are only two points below Liverpool who have played a game more.
Victory for us this weekend would go a huge way towards playing in Europe’s elite club cup competition.
However, history is not on our side. We have never won at Stamford Bridge in our previous 25 attempts during the Premier League era. The Blues also won at Wembley Stadium back in August.
On top of this we may still be without Harry Kane as his ankle injury ruled him out of England duty during the international break. The striker was photographed in his training gear at the club’s facilities on Sunday though, given us hope that our hitman could be back in time for this weekend’s showdown.
We’re heading to West London in much the better form of the two teams – unbeaten in our last 12 Premier League matches, winning nine of them. During this run we’ve also scored 26 goals and conceded only seven, which includes victories over Arsenal and Manchester United.
However, the bookmakers are favouring the home side as those who are looking to place a bet on football at Betfair can get odds of 6/5 on Chelsea whilst we’re back at 21/10.
This despite Chelsea being in poor form themselves – losing four of their last six in the league and winning only three of their last nine. This includes a 3-0 humiliation at home by Bournemouth followed up by a 4-1 thrashing at Watford.
Eden Hazard has not scored in his last six either and his form appears to have dipped as Chelsea are struggling for a top four finish. Alvaro Morata has proven to be lethal in the air but not so with his feet during his debut season in England.
Manager Antonio Conte has seemed disinterested in his job several times in recent weeks – almost conceding that he won’t be in charge of Chelsea next season. Failure to finish in the Champions League places would all but assure this is the case – if Roman Abramovich hasn’t written up a list of possible replacements already.
The graphic from Betfair below highlights the Premier League head-to-head records between the two clubs, but that won’t have any factor on Sunday’s game: