With the North London derby serving the weekend, Chelsea will be looking to tighten the leash on the top four as they host rivals Tottenham at the Stamford Bridge. The match schedules for 22nd February, with kickoff at 15:30 GMT.
VAR was the order of the day as it overturned two Chelsea goals during their intense clash with rivals Manchester United. A foul saw Zouma’s header ruled out while a dividing header from Giroud was offside.
Coach Frank Lampard, however, will have to salvage the bitter defeat and focus on another rival, Jose Mourinho. Only a point separates Mourinho from the top slot, especially with the poor form Chelsea have been in. The side has only one win in their last five matches.
Jose Mourinho will be heading back to Stamford Bridge, where he saw the club raise four titles. Despite the history, Mourinho has been unlucky in overcoming his past tenures will be failing to register a win at Old Trafford.
It poses to be an intense match between both sides with a lot of history and enmity. Will the young squad under Lampard finally step up or win Mourinho execute his revenge?
Chelsea vs. Tottenham Head to Head
Both sides have 36 games between them, with Chelsea taking up 17 wins while Tottenham with nine wins. Here is a look at their past encounters:
Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham
Tottenham 3-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 1-3 Tottenham
Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea
Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea
Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham
Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham
Chelsea Team News
Despite completing drills in the training ground, midfielder Ruben Loftus Cheek will be out for the clash as he continues to recover from the Achilles injury. Despite being pose to make a comeback this week, the American international remain in contention for a comeback.
During the first half clash with the Red Devils, defender Christensen went down with an injury and will miss out on the clash. Despite featuring in their clash against Leicester City early in the month, Tammy Abraham is yet to recover from the ankle injury.
Tottenham Team News
In what is a massive blow for Mourinho, Tottenham announced the fractured arm injury for winger Heung-Min Son during their clash with Aston Villa. The Korean international sets to feature on the sidelines several weeks pending a surgery.
Following an injury spell, Erick Lamela remains a doubt in making a comeback despite taking part in the training. Moussa Sissoko underwent surgery for the medial collateral ligament in his left knee after an injury during their 1-0 loss to Southampton on New Year’s Day.
Prediction and Odds
Tottenham lacks an attacking threat, especially with the injury woes at the club. Chelsea also lacks an attacking threat with injury woes at the club.
Goals Under 2.5