Chelsea vs Tottenham Premier League

This match will determine if Chelsea still stands a chance of winning the Premier League or if they will settle with a Champions League berth, without the hassles of the playoffs. On the other hand, for Tottenham this is a do or die fixture, with anything but a victory equaling with a pale consolation in form of the Europa League. It’s going to be hard to cause a major upset at Stamford Bridge, especially now when Chelsea is the most inform team in the league. Add to this the numerous injuries that plague their team and you get the bigger picture of what Tottenham’s chances are.

Players missing

Gareth Bale, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Vedran Corluka, Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgate and Alan Hutton will all be missing this afternoon. This leaves Redknapp with so little options in the midfield that it’s most unlikely that his team will stand a chance if they allow Chelsea to take the initiative. It’s going to be pretty difficult to prevent that though, with a single striker and Crouch is once more going to start and keep Jermain Defoe on the bench. The latter is slowly recovering after injury and he will at best be used in the second half.

The visitors will start with a 4-5-1 formation that leaves a lot to be desired when they will need to press forward, so the first half will be decisive. If Chelsea succeeds in scoring early once again, it’s pretty much going to be a one sided game, and that’s exactly what we should expect. Ancelotti knows that his job is on the line and unless a miracle happens, he will depart in summer. With Manchester United focused on winning the Champions League trophy, he has a narrow window to close the gap, and the London derby has to be won.

A draw is not going to help either side and that’s why Ancelotti will start with Drogba and Torres upfront, for the first time this season. He knows that against Tottenham the two players will have plenty of chances to score and this could be the perfect opportunity for Torres to break out of the funk. The depleted visitors are unable to keep clean sheets even against mediocre oppositions and the chances to hold their ground on Stamford Bridge are slim.

Something’s got to give

The bookies sense the fact that Tottenham is pit against a tough team in excellent form, and with the pressure so high on the visitors, something’s got to give. Chelsea has all the advantages on their side and knowing that scoring first is critical against Tottenham, with come out firing from the first minute.

Prediction: Halftime/Fulltime 1/1 @ 2.10

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