The Premier League’s high-profile clash of Matchday 28, Chelsea vs Tottenham, takes place at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Chelsea vs Tottenham
Tottenham saw their title hopes suffer a big blow with a surprise defeat to Burnley and the Blues lost to Manchester City on penalties in the EFL Cup final, possibly leaving Maurizio Sarri with this one game to save his job. The Blues do at least still have the Europa League to aim for and they are in contention for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
The ☀️ shining on Cobham this afternoon as preparations step up for Spurs! 💪 pic.twitter.com/lLAKH7xfjw
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 26, 2019
Chelsea heads into the game after the disappointment of their penalty shootout loss to Manchester City in the League Cup final on Sunday afternoon at Wembley. The Blues missed the chance to win their first trophy under the Italian boss despite producing a solid display against the defending Premier League champions. But, on a broader context, Maurizio Sarri could potentially be preparing his troops to save his job as Chelsea manager after seeing his side lost the final against City. But The atmosphere inside Stamford Bridge could quite easily turn hostile, as this Chelsea side have lost three of their last four in the Premier League, and have now dropped to sixth place, three points off of Arsenal, albeit with a game in hand. Chelsea will be aiming to take full advantage and not drop any points as the race for the top four starts to boil.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 25, 2019
Tottenham Hotspur have enjoyed a good run of form other than the loss to Burnley in their last match. They have 60 points in 27 league outings and a win against Chelsea will help them to put further pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool. The North London side will have been buoyed by the return of star striker Harry Kane, who scored against the Clarets, they will be disappointed in the manner of the defeat and will want to bounce back strongly. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have beaten Chelsea twice in three games this season, once in the league and once in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final. But, Spurs were defeated in the second leg, which led to their elimination. Apart from producing a strong reaction to Burnley’s defeat, revenge will also be on Spurs’ mind when they take the field at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea is expected to make multiple changes, Arrizabalaga being one of them. Gonzalo Higuain didn’t feature against City but could play a part in London derby replacing Pedro. Marcos Alonso could also start at left-back replacing Emerson. Gary Cahill is still struggling with a back problem and Davide Zappacosta has had the flu, leaving both players – who were unlikely to play a part anyway. So, in true sense, the Blues have no injury worries ahead of the game against the Spurs. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri might give Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus Cheek some minutes after their impressive show against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.
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Dele Alli is still on the sideline for Tottenham Hotspur, the midfielder would not be available for the clash against Chelsea due to injury. Janssen is also injured and Eric Dier is doubtful for the clash. Harry Winks is likely to continue his fine form in the midfield alongside Moussa Sissoko, with Christian Eriksen positioned ahead. Harry Kane made a goalscoring return against Burnley at the weekend and will be expected to start alongside other in-form forward Son Heung-min.