Chris Sutton thinks Tottenham’s unbeaten run will continue when they face Chelsea on Monday night, and the pundit has gone with his ‘instinct’ to predict a win for the Lilywhites after much deliberation.
Tottenham Hotspur go into the weekend at the top of the Premier League table, but know they probably won’t be there by the time they take on Chelsea on Monday night.
Ange Postecoglou‘s men currently have a two-point lead over Arsenal and Manchester City, but will likely need a positive result against Chelsea to maintain their place at the summit.
Spurs won all three matches in October, against Luton, Fulham, and Crystal Palace, but had to grind out those results against hard-working opponents.
It remains to be seen what version of Chelsea will show up on Monday. Mauricio Pochettino‘s side are struggling for consistency and were comfortably beaten by Brentford last weekend.
Can Pochettino spoil the party for Spurs?
Sharing his predictions with BBC Sport, Chris Sutton thinks this will be a tough game to call given the history between the two clubs, but suggests Tottenham might take the win.
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He said: “I’ve gone with Tottenham to win this one but, at the back of my mind, I have a nagging doubt about that. On paper, it’s pretty easy to predict how the game will go – Spurs are top of the table and haven’t lost under Ange Postecoglou, while Chelsea are so erratic.
“Pretty much everything points to a home win, but with Mauricio Pochettino going back to Spurs for the first time since they sacked him in 2019, I am not so sure.
“I am still going to go with my instinct and back Tottenham, because I think they are a better team than Chelsea – but the Pochettino factor makes me think that, somehow, his side will find a way to win, and he will be the one who bursts Postecoglou’s bubble.
“Sutton’s prediction: 2-0.”
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I have the exact same bad feeling in the back of my mind, that Pochettino is fated to be the one who will ruin our good run. I hope I’m wrong, and the optimist in me says we might get a scrappy 1-1 draw.