Spurs vs Chelsea: A crucial game for top-four contenders. Chelsea is in danger of missing out on Europe while Spurs aim to fend off Newcastle
|The battle at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will intrigue the neutrals but the gladiators will have it all to do to claim the spoils. (Photo credit: The Sun)|
The Blues are away at Tottenham, and if you remember anything from the first leg, you’d realise we have an interesting game on our hands.
The first leg ended 2-2, and it was a game that had everything from contentious VAR decisions to a late goal and subsequent drama to manager spats and tackles you’d only see in martial arts.
This is one game to look forward to.
Tottenham Hotspur beat West Ham last weekend, and it was a result that restored Antonio Conte’s side to the top four.
The least the Italian can do to keep people's respect is qualify for the Champions League, and he has a game against Chelsea to make sure of that.
Chelsea is currently in tenth place in the standings and is now in serious danger of not making it to Europe at all.
This is because they lost at home to Southampton last weekend, which put more pressure on manager Graham Potter.
Tottenham has it in the squad to trouble Chelsea on days like this, and the Blues continue to find a balance within the squad.
It is left to be seen how they will contain a Spurs team that is on the mission of fending off Newcastle for the fourth spot.
Spurs lead the Blues on the log by eleven points but have also played a game more than the 2017 champions.
A win for Chelsea will take Potter’s side to 34 points, and they wouldn’t still leave the 10th spot with Brentford in ninth, leading Chelsea by four points.
A loss would condemn Chelsea to only one win in eleven games, an embarrassment considering how much they spent in the January window.
The club has made it clear that they won’t be parting ways with the manager anytime soon.
Will they stick to that resolve? And for how long?
It’s not all rosy at Tottenham, but the opportunity is there for them to win if they go all out against a struggling Chelsea side on Sunday.
Harry Kane is now gunning for Allan Shearer’s record, and he’s only got about 60 goals to go.
How many will he get against Chelsea?
Rodrigo Bentacur is out for the season, and Yves Bissouma isn’t available.
Oliver Skipp will keep his place, and the manager will decide if starting Heung Min Son on the bench will work again or if he should get the starting role.
Watch out for Joao Felix and Enzo Fernandes; despite Chelsea’s horrific form, both players have been the leading lights.
They will seek to hurt the hosts if allowed.
It’s a game the neutrals will enjoy, but Newcastle fans would rather the Blues win.