Saturday 26th November. 5:30PM. BT Sport 1
It’s another televised London derby for Tottenham this weekend and it might just be the most important of the lot as a win for either club could have huge impacts on their respective title credentials.
These rivals have produced some memorable fixtures in recent seasons, not least at Stamford Bridge, and this should be yet another.
Bring it on.
3-4-3 Working Wonders For Conte
Most people expected Antonio Conte to implement a 3-4-3 formation at some stage, but few would’ve envisaged the transition happening until after the January transfer window. Even fewer would have seen it working with such precision with immediate impact, but that’s exactly what we’ve seen.
Chelsea have been near faultless since switching to a new style, winning their last six Premier League matches without conceding a single goal. The re-signing of David Luiz alreadylooks to be a stroke of genius while the Blues are enjoying great productivity in more attacking areas too.
Diego Costa is back amongst the goals while Eden Hazard is performing even better than he did during his PFA Player of the Year winning season of two years ago. With the resurgence of Victor Moses and Pedro thrown into the mix, Conte’s men are quickly emerging as the favourites for this year’s title race.
The clash against Tottenham won’t be easy, but recent demolitions of Leicester, Manchester United and Everton suggest that they are more than capable of providing the goods. If they do pick up the victory, those title-winning credentials will look stronger than ever.
Can Spurs March On?
Tottenham may have crashed out of the Champions League in midweek, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men are still unbeaten in the league. On the other hand, as their current position in the table confirms, they will need to start turning some of those draws into wins if they’re going to challenge for the crown.
The return of Harry Kane will certainly boost their hopes, especially as the England man has scored four goals in three Tottenham games since his return from injury. Meanwhile, Dele Alli should be back in the starting line-up to further boost the away side’s hopes.
Pochettino does face a few selection headaches, however, not least thanks to the absence of Danny Rose through suspension. When added to the injuries of Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela, it certainly won’t be an easy afternoon for the visitors.
Spurs have shown that they are more than capable, though. It should be a thrilling battle in front of the TV cameras.
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Betting
Unsurprisingly, Chelsea are the pre-game favourites for this encounter and are priced 8/11 with Bet365. Alternatively, Tottenham can be backed at 15/4 while the draw is available at 13/5.
Chelsea have been simply brilliant in recent weeks, but they are due to concede a goal sooner rather than later. With Kane in good form and Spurs in need of a big result, we’re backing the visitors to score.
Unfortunately for the away fans at Stamford Bridge, we don’t think it’ll be enough to stop Conte’s men from prevailing.
If the Blues do enjoy another important victory, then there’s a good chance that star man Hazard will play a telling role in the evening’s entertainment.
Hazard has already seven league goals this term, and this is the type of game where his quality can shine through, especially with Spurs facing a few problems at the back. At odds of 17/10, we’re backing the Belgian to score.