Chelsea v Tottenham Odds, team news, match preview as Spurs look to halt Blues progress
Up to date Chelsea v Tottenham odds, plus match preview and team news as Spurs have a tough ask ahead of them this evening (KO 17:30).
Chelsea will aim to move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League when they take on Tottenham Hotspur later tonight.
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With Liverpool not in action this weekend and Arsenal and Manchester City playing in the FA Cup, the Blues will have a real chance to lay down a marker ahead of the run in.
A win would put Jose Mourinho’s side in control of the table and pile the pressure on their rivals.
Despite that prospect, Mourinho still refuses to discuss the possibility of a title challenge insisting his focus is on finishing in the top four.
“We want to try and win and they will want to do the same,” Mourinho said.
“We want our top-four position to be safe and in this moment the biggest threat to that top-four position is Tottenham because they are fifth and they are the closest team to the top four.
“So if you can get a result against them you can say our objective of finishing in the top four is in a very good direction.
“I keep saying (going seven points clear) is not a realistic position. A realistic situation is teams with the same number of matches and in that situation you can say ‘I am in front, I am behind’ or ‘I have some points advantage or disadvantage’.
“When some teams have more matches than other teams, then it is not real. So I do not look at the table, I just look to another game. Tomorrow is another game and we will just try and win.”
Chelsea have not lost at home to Spurs in 24 year old and their chances of extending that run have been helped by the news that Eden Hazard has being past fit to play. The Belgian, arguably the Blues star man this season, picked up an ankle injury on International duty midweek however the problem is not as serious as first feared and he will be able to take part on Saturday.
While Hazard is fit, Ashley Cole is definitely out. The left-back has found chances limited this term but played 45 minutes for England midweek and had been in contention to play. Those chances have evaporated however after the 33 year old suffered a lateral ligament knee injury in training.
David Luiz is a doubt for the game after he suffered an injury playing for Brazil midweek while the game will come too soon for Marco van Ginkel after he returned to training following a long-spell on the sidelines.
Spurs have some doubts of their own ahead of the game with Christian Eriksen, Kyle Walker and Etienne Capoue all struggling with back, thigh and ankle injuries.
Vlad Chiriches and Erik Lamela are both out with back injuries while Danny Rose is also out meaning Ezekiel Fryers could get another chance to impress at left back.
Tim Sherwood’s side may have a poor record away to their London rivals but they will head to Stamford Bridge in good form after three wins in their last four Premier League games.