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Chelsea vs Tottenham - Match Preview

01 Apr 2018 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Chelsea FC

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15:00 GMT
01 April 2018

Tottenham Hotspur

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15:00 GMT 01 April 2018

After an international break that felt like it lasted a lifetime, the Premier League has returned and two of its heavyweights face off on Sunday afternoon. Tottenham make the short trip across London to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as both sides look to boost their chances of a top-four finish. Spurs are hanging on to fourth place but with the Blues in fifth, they are far from confirming their place in next season’s Champions League.


  • An emphatic title win last term has been followed up by a very weak title defence from Chelsea. They were dumped out of Europe by Barcelona and are looking as though they may have to settle for the Europa League next season. With just two wins in their last six league matches, a top four place is becoming less and less likely.
  • After a shaky start to life at Wembley, it looks as though Mauricio Pochettino has regained control at Spurs and they look like genuine contenders for second place. They are unbeaten in 12 league fixtures and have won their last four consecutively. The North London side went a goal down last time out against Bournemouth but came back to win 4-1.
  • Eden Hazard is having a great season and with 11 league goals, he is Chelsea’s leading scorer. The Belgian is certainly the man to watch on Sunday.
  • Spurs have relied on Harry Kane for their main source of goals but with his injury, the responsibility shifts onto Heung-Min Son, who has 12 league goals.


Matches between Chelsea and Tottenham are always entertaining and with both teams scoring in four of their last five meetings, it’s always a great contest. Marcos Alonso stole the show in the most recent one as his two goals, either side of Michy Batshuayi’s own goal, secured the points for the Blues at Wembley. In the last 18 fixtures in all competitions between these sides, Spurs have managed just two wins, a record they’ll be hoping to change.


To keep hopes of a top-four finish alive, Chelsea must win on Sunday. They are without David Luiz in the backline while Thibaut Courtois and Andreas Christensen face late fitness tests to assess whether they’re ready.

Latest matches: Chelsea FC

18.03.2018 FA C Leicester City Chelsea FC 1:2 W
14.03.2018 UEFA FC Barcelona Chelsea FC 3:0 L
10.03.2018 Prem Chelsea FC Crystal Palace 2:1 W
04.03.2018 Prem Manchester City Chelsea FC 1:0 L
25.02.2018 Prem Manchester United Chelsea FC 2:1 L


Three points for the visitors would see them open up a gap of eight points over Chelsea in the race for fourth place, some much-needed breathing room. The absence of Kane will hit them hard but they don’t have to worry about any other injuries.

Latest matches: Tottenham Hotspur

17.03.2018 FA C Swansea City Tottenham Hotspur 0:3 W
11.03.2018 Prem Bournemouth AFC Tottenham Hotspur 1:4 W
07.03.2018 UEFA Tottenham Hotspur Juventus Turin 1:2 L
03.03.2018 Prem Tottenham Hotspur Huddersfield Town 2:0 W
28.02.2018 FA C Tottenham Hotspur Rochdale FC 6:1 W


There is rarely a dull fixture between these two sides and this one should be no different with both teams looking to take a huge win. With home advantage, Chelsea are slight favourites but with Tottenham in much better form, the visitors will pose a serious threat. Kane’s injury will play to Chelsea’s strengths but they must be wary of the other danger men for Spurs.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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