CHELSEA vs TOTTENHAM BETTING PREVIEW
Chelsea currently sit five points off fourth-placed Spurs. They have recently lost to Manchester United and Manchester City and have only won two of their last six in the league. Actually, Antonio Conte's men have won just seven of 18 matches in 2018, two of those via extra time or penalties. The Blues were also knocked out of the Champions League, losing 3-0 at the Camp Nou against Barcelona. Anyway, they have won nine of their last 11 home matches and are undefeated in their last 22 home matches against Tottenham in all competitions.
Antonio Conte has injury problems with David Luiz definitely ruled out while goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defender Andreas Christensen are doubts. Willy Caballero and Gary Cahill are their likely replacements should they miss out. Elsewhere, Cesc Fabregas may get the nod over Tiemoue Bakayoko in central midfield, while Willian and Eden Hazard are expected to fill the attacking midfield spots behind the lone striker Alvaro Morata. Olivier Giroud provide a viable alternative up front. Ross Barkley is still not fit and Ethan Ampadu is out for the rest of the season.
Tottenham have taken 32 points from the last available 36 in the Premier League and are only three points shy of third-placed Liverpool. They beat Swansea 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium in the FA Cup quarter finals before the international break. Spurs have lost just two of their last 25 matches but were also eliminated in Champions League, suffering a home defeat at the hands of Juventus. As to direct matches against the Blues, Spurs were beaten 2-1 in August's reverse encounter at Wembley. Furthermore, they have lost 18 and won none of their last 27 league visits to Stamford Bridge.
Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule striker Harry Kane out of the clash but Son Heung-Min is expected to replace the England international up front. That should see Lucas Moura or Erik Lamela come into the offensive midfield trio alongside Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen. The likes of Eric Dier and Mousa Dembelè are expected to anchor the midfield, with Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko backup options. In defense, Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier compete for a spot at right-back, while Ben Davies is expected to keep Danny Rose on the bench on the opposite flank.
25/1 Chelsea to beat Spurs
CHELSEA vs TOTTENHAM STARTING LINEUPS Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; M.Alonso, Kantè, Fabregas, Moses; Willian, Hazard; Morata
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Trippier, D.Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembelè; Eriksen, Alli, Lamela; Son
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