For the fourth time Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur meet this season, this time in the league at Chelsea’s backyard. The two go to this game separated by eight points, Chelsea third with 44 and Tottenham fifth on 36. Chelsea have played four games more though, and will be under pressure to claim all three points here, having struggled a bit in the last few league matches. In their last league outing Chelsea drew 1-1 with Brighton, denting their title chase and that came after a 1-0 loss to league leaders Manchester City. The Blues are going to draw inspiration from the fact that they’ve beaten Spurs in each of their earlier three meetings this season. However, they are winless in the last four league matches and have one clean sheet only in the last 10 league games. They’ve failed to score in just one of their last five league matches.
Tottenham are coming from a 3-2 win over Leicester City; they needed two late goals to win it having come from behind twice. They are now unbeaten in nine league games and will be out to avenge their elimination from the League Cup courtesy of back to back losses to Chelsea. In January, these two sides met twice, in the League Cup and Chelsea bagged two wins and two clean sheets, stretching their unbeaten run against Spurs to five matches. Even the last time Spurs beat Chelsea, it was on post match penalties after a 1-1 draw in the League Cup. In 10 meetings with Chelsea, Tottenham haven’t managed an outright win but have lost eight times. This will not be the news they want, knowing too well their away form has been shaky in the league, failing to win in five of the last eight.
Chelsea have a good run at home, unbeaten in their last 13 matches and they have a great run against Spurs as well. They go to this game very confident after their two wins over Spurs in the League Cup earlier in January and knowing also that Spurs’ away form has been a bit shaky. Go for a Chelsea win here.