Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea
It’s a strange time to be a Tottenham fan right now. They continue to await the delayed opening of their new stadium and for the first time in years find themselves somewhat frustrated with how their talented team are performing. However, despite these frustrations they are still seeing their team get results in the Premier League, and their 9 victories so far is enough to put them just 5 points adrift of the leaders.
While Spurs may be enjoying hard earned results in the Premier League, things aren’t going quite as well on a continental level. They sit 3rd in their Champions League group and needed a late turnaround against PSV earlier this month to keep them in with a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages. With a very important hosting of Inter Milan coming up on Wednesday, there is the possibility that one eye could be on that fixture on Saturday.
Chelsea have no such concern. The Blues have already qualified for the Europa League knockout rounds and are a hair’s breadth away from topping the group, so the entirety of their focus can be placed on this potentially crucial Premier League tie.
Maurizio Sarri’s side are unbeaten in all competitions since their Community Shield loss right at the start of the season. That’s 18 games without defeat for the Italian manager, and an impressive 14 of those games have ended in victory.
Their goalless draw against Everton last time out was a disappointment though, and it hints at the possibility that, while still in the frame, Chelsea aren’t quite up to the same level of performance as Manchester City and Liverpool. A victory over Spurs on Saturday could quickly alter that opinion though.
Away from home Chelsea have been even more impressive than they have at Stamford Bridge this season. They have won 7 of their 8 competitive away games, including a win over Liverpool in the League Cup. To add to their confidence, Chelsea have beaten Spurs in 4 of their 7 meetings at Wembley, and the hosts were very disappointing in recent home defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City.
Spurs have lost 4 of their 7 Premier League home games against their fellow Big Six sides since the start of last season, and given their performances against Liverpool and Manchester City we think the value is in a Chelsea win on Saturday, along with a 2-1 correct score predictions.