Looking to cut the gap on the top-four and also get one over on his former employers, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham will welcome bitter rivals Chelsea to North London on Sunday afternoon in what is seen to be a crucial encounter for both squads.
Picking up the most dramatic of late victories away at Molineux last weekend, Spurs have continued to show a string of much-needed improvements since bringing in the Portuguese tactician last month.
On the flip side, while Tottenham might be skyrocketing up the standings, the former champions find themselves in the midst of a real struggle and have seen their top-four status take a major dent over the past month.
Hit with back-to-back defeats against Everton and Bournemouth, Frank Lampard’s men have lost four of their last five Premier League outings and the mood in their camp appears fragile.
While Sunday’s guests might be enduring their most difficult spell under their returning icon, the Blues have landed back-to-back victories against their London rivals and a similar shock outcome can be found at 7/4 with Coral.
Tottenham looking to make a statement
While they may not have been at their best against Wolves last weekend, Spurs managed to snatch a 2-1 win in the Midlands and they have begun to come on leaps and bounds since appointing Jose Mourinho last month.
Winning four of their five Premier League matches under ‘The Special One’, Tottenham now have their sights on finding a route back into the top-four and know that three points on Sunday will move them within touching distance.
Opening the weekend just four points adrift of Sunday’s opponents, Spurs are currently priced at 11/10 with Ladbrokes to land another Champions League campaign for next year.
If Tottenham are to pick up London bragging rights on Sunday, then there is no doubt that Mourinho will be calling on attacking MVP Harry Kane to lead their charge.
Bagging a brace against Burnley on home soil a fortnight ago, the England skipper has recorded eight goals in his last seven matches for club and country, including four strikes in his last two appearances in North London.
You might be interested to know that Kane can be found priced at 1/1 with Betfair to extend on that tally this weekend.
Hit with a shock 1-0 defeat at home against strugglers Bournemouth last weekend, Chelsea have come crashing back down to earth after a bright start to the year.
While Frank Lampard’s men may have secured a spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Champions League, the Blues have continued to show some glaring top-flight issues nearing closer to Christmas.
Still reeling from their 3-1 hammering away at Goodison Park a fortnight ago, fans in West London have seen their side lose four of their last five domestic appearances and their top-four buffer cut to just four points.
A huge part of Chelsea’s continued issues of late have come down to some worrying displays at the back.
Despite being able to recall German international Antonio Rüdiger last week, Lampard’s youthful squad have remarkably recorded just a single Premier League clean sheet away from Stamford Bridge in 2019.
Even more worrying for the former England midfielder, Sunday’s guests have shipped at least a pair of goals in three of their last four matches on the road. Chelsea can be found priced at 5/6 with 888sport to suffer a similar outcome this weekend.