Tottenham Hotspurs are banking on their slim title hopes to ride them against the reigning Barclays Premier League (BPL) champions Chelsea when they travel to Stamford Bridge to face off with the Blues on Monday 2 May.
Their chances took a hit in the last match, on Monday 25th after playing to a 1 – 1 draw with West Bromwich Albion and now their hope of a first title since 1961 is to win their final three games and hope Leicester pick up less than two points from their last two matches.
Leicester could have sealed their first ever title had they beaten Manchester United on Sunday 1 May, but they drew 1-1 at Old Trafford and now will be hoping Tottenham doesn’t win.
Tottenham’s last victory at Stamford Bridge was a 2-1 success in the old Division One in February 1990. Chelsea’s subsequent unbeaten run in this fixture currently stands at 25 games, with 17 wins and eight draws. Chelsea are without a win in three league games at home (D2, L1). They have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 league fixtures. Pedro has scored five goals in his last seven Premier League appearances after netting just two in the previous 19. Cesc Fabregas has 95 assists in the Premier League – only Ryan Giggs (162) and Frank Lampard (102) have more in the history of the championship.
Tottenham have lost just one of their last 14 league matches (W10, D3) and they are unbeaten in seven games. They have conceded two goals in their last six league matches and scored a league-high 23 goals from set-pieces this season. Harry Kane is two goals away from scoring his 50th in the Premier League – if he does it in this game then it will be his 84th appearance, making him the eighth quickest player to reach 50 goals in the competition. Kane has scored 13 goals in his last 14 league appearances for Spurs.
Defenders John Terry and Gary Cahill are expected to be available for Chelsea. Terry is likely to be fit, although possibly not to start, after missing 10 of the last 12 matches with a hamstring and then Achilles problem, while illness ruled Cahill out of last week’s win at Bournemouth. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois completes his two-match suspension, while Loic Remy (groin) and Kurt Zouma (knee) are out.
For Tottenham, Dier suffered a concussion in the 1-1 draw against West Brom and manager Mauricio Pochettino will decide whether the midfielder can play in this game or not while star man Dele Alli’s season is over after a three-match suspension for violent conduct, while Nabil Bentaleb remains out with a knee injury.