Both teams crashed out of the Champions League earlier this month, making this game of upmost importance to secure a top four spot to get into the competition again for next season. As such, this could turn into a cautious affair with any mistakes likely to prove costly. The Blues have kept clean sheets in nine of their 15 home games so far this season, with their fixtures against top-half sides at the Bridge averaging just 1.7 goals per game. Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have had fewer than three goals in seven of their last 10 outings, only conceding more than a solitary goal on one occasion.
Both these sides progressed to the FA Cup semi-finals just before the international break, but the biggest talking point ahead of this clash has to be the ankle injury picked up by Harry Kane in Spurs’ last league outing. The striker has scored over 40% of their goals this season and the one league game he missed resulted in a 1-0 defeat to fellow top-six side Man Utd. What’s more, against similar teams they’ve lost six of nine winless road trips since the start of last season.
If anyone is to provide the moment of magic for Chelsea at the moment it appears Willian is the man. The Brazilian has played a part in six of their 10 goals across their last seven games, scoring five of them, while he showed plenty of desire against Palace last time out with the six shots he produced the most he’s managed in a single game all season.