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William Gallas has come out with the prediction that one of these two clubs will win the league this year, and based on form and table position there’s every chance that the Frenchman could be right.
The previous meeting this season in the League Cup saw the sides play out a 1-1 draw with Spurs coming up trumps in a penalty shootout, though Jose Mourinho is still looking for his first outright victory over Frank Lampard, losing both fixtures against the Blues last season as well as a penalty shootout against Lampard’s Derby back in his Old Trafford days.
Both sides are in terrific form, with the hosts winning six on the bounce now across all competitions and keeper Edouard Mendy keeping seven clean sheets in his last nine games for his club.
In fact, when the Senegalese has been playing, Chelsea have conceded just three goals in 10 matches, and not more than one in a single game, so the visitors will have their work cut out here.
Spurs themselves have gone W12-D3-L1 since their opening day defeat to Everton across all competitions, with that defeat coming in the Europa League to Royal Antwerp when fielding a weakened side.
The most impressive of those victories was last weekend against Man City as they executed their game plan to perfection, grabbing an early goal, sitting deep to defend their lead and managing to break quickly and cause their opposition some problems on the counter.
Their joy came through Harry Kane dropping deep, as he has done all season, and finding pockets of space to be able to play in. He’ll likely not be afforded that luxury against Chelsea, with N’golo Kante seemingly back to his usual brilliant best, and that could be the battle where this game will be won or lost.
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The Lilywhites have quite an abysmal record at Stamford Bridge though, winning just once in the last 34 meetings between the two there, a run stretching back to 1990, losing six of the last eight while they’ve gone D1-L4 in their most recent meetings across both venues going back to January last year.
However, away wins are aplenty this year with 43% of matches seeing the away side pick up maximum points, a significant increase on the 30.5% average over the past eight years.
The lack of fans has negated the home advantage this season, so if there was ever a year for Spurs to get a result at Stamford Bridge it’s this one, making them a fantastic prospect at a long enough price, though the draw no bet at odds against offers a good cushion against a strong Chelsea side.