Tottenham vs. Chelsea / Premier League – The last match of the 20th round of English Premier League is a true football candy. Two great city rivals, Tottenham and Chelsea, will meet at White Hart Lane in London and both are in great shape at the moment. The Spurs have moved up at the fifth place in the standings after the lasts series of four wins, while winning streak of leading Chelsea is even 13 matches long, which is why it has at the moment even 10 points more than Tottenham. Besides, the Blues had defeated Tottenham in the first part of season by 2-1 at home, while last year both their head-to-head ended as draws. Begins: 04.01.2017 – 21:00 CET
What gives hope to the Spurs that can make favourable result on Wednesday evening at their White Hart Lane is fact that the Blues didn’t win at this stadium for full four years, so coach Pochettino’s players will surely give their maximum in order to continue the positive tradition. On top of it, Tottenham plays better and better and is in series of four consecutive victories in the league, which is why they occupy the fifth place in standing at the moment, having just one point fewer than fourth-positioned Arsenal and three than third Manchester City.
This tells us that victory in the city derby would pushed them at the third place in standings, given the Spurs have better goals difference than the Citizens, which is mostly created in last four victories when they scored even 13 and received just three goals. Besides, Pochettino has managed to rest several standard starters in the last victory over Watford, while defenders Vertonghen and Rose were anyway suspended, so all of them will be fully ready and rested for the great showdown against Chelsea, except from before injured midfielder Lamela.
Probable lineups Tottenham: Lloris – Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose – Wanyama, Dembele – Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen – Kane
We have said about Chelsea that it occupies the leading position in the standings before the city derby against Tottenham, and that it has fantastic winning streak of 13 wins in the championship, during which Chelsea received only four goals. They received by one in matches against Tottenham and Manchester City and even two in the last round by Stoke, which was anyway defeated at Stamford Bridge by 4-2. In that match double scorer Willian made a name for himself, so now he should get advantage against the Spurs over Pedro, which missed the last match as he was suspended.
The rest of the team should remain the same, just like in previous matches in which Conte used formation 3-4-3 so successfully and that largely help to achieve the great winning streak and climb at the leading position in standings, where they have even five points more than second-placed Liverpool. Right because of that the Blues can play under less pressure now at White Hart Lane, which means that will be very dangerous from counter-attacks and stoppages, especially as at the moment the only player out of action is injured stopper Terry.
Probable lineups Chelsea: Courtois – Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill – Moses, Matic, Kante, Alonso – Willian, Costa, Hazard
Tottenham – Chelsea PICK
As both teams are in great shape and this is anyway duel between two great city rivals, that it is quite logical to expect a real treat at White Hart Lane on Wednesday evening, where will be probably plenty of goals on both sides.
Pick: both teams score
Odds: 1.77 at comeon (down to 1.70 can be played)