Tonight sees two of the Premeir Leagues title contenders clash in what’s set up to be one of the biggest games of the season.
Tottenham vs Chelsea has often been quite the fixture over the years. With crunching tackles, shed loads of cards, plenty of goals and the odd scrap every now and again. The derby alone has enough attractiveness to draw people in. But this particular game has a lot more riding on it.
Antonio Conte’s Blues have been flying all season long, and are currently on a 13-match winning streak in the Premier League, dating back to October. If Chelsea manage to win this evening, they’ll beat Arsenal’s unbeaten record from their 2003-2004 ‘Invincibles’ season. As much as they won’t be focusing too much on keeping the winning streak alive, they know wins against fellow title contenders are vital if they want to lift the trophy come seasons end.
Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham side are also in fine form. Having only lost two games this season (Chelsea 2-1, Man United 1-0). Spurs are actually better off in every statistical area this season in comparison to last, with the only difference being their position in the league.
Tottenham have scored 8 goals in their past two games, and 14 over their last 4. A 4-1 win over Southampton at St Mary’s and a 4-1 beating of Watford away from home have pulled Tottenham within 10 points of first placed Chelsea. But not only that, with a win tonight Spurs will leapfrog both Arsenal and Man City into 3rd Place.
Although both managers appear to playing down the magnitude of this game, nobody can deny that it doesn’t hold great importance. If Chelsea win, they’ll go 8 points clear of second place Liverpool, and will be on the right path to winning the title. If Tottenham win, they’ll be right back amongst the top four and possibly back in the title race.
However important the outcome of this game may be, the importance lies with Tottenham more than it does with Chelsea. It’s a massive chance for the Lillywhites, playing at White Hart Lane, where Chelsea haven’t won since 2012. The opportunity is so big, with Man City stumbling last week and Arsenal’s draw against Bournemouth last night, Spurs must take this chance. Otherwise they’ll return to where they’ve been most of the season; outside, looking in.