Charlie Nicholas shares who he believes will win between Chelsea and Tottenham

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Former Arsenal and Scotland international Charlie Nicholas has shared his verdict ahead of tomorrow’s London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

The two sides meet at Stamford Bridge with fourth place in the Premier League table up for grabs.

A win for Chelsea would extend their lead to four points while an away win for Spurs would see them leapfrog their rivals into fourth whilst also gaining a two point advantage.

Spurs have struggled historically during the Premier League era to win on Chelsea’s own turf and will once again be without Heung-min Son and Harry Kane through injury.

The Sky pundit believes that Spurs are lacking a focal point to their attack with the loss of the prolific pair which was clear to see during the midweek loss to RB Leipzig.

Nicholas believes that it will be Chelsea who will secure the bragging rights for the second time this season after winning the match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium earlier this season 2-0 courtesy of two first-half goals from Willian.

He told Sky Sports: “This is a massive game in the context of the top four. The serious interest is at the bottom, but the potentials for the top four is phenomenal. The fascination is Chelsea’s home form, which has been awful. The youngsters have come out of the picture a bit, and it was always going to be an up-and-down season.

“Tottenham were patting themselves on the back after their match against RB Leipzig. But why? They turned up for 15-20 minutes. Heung-Min Son is now injured, so what is their out ball? Lucas Moura played on the shoulder when he was scoring, so he could get in behind. But he does not link the play up; that is not his game. You can already see why they miss Christian Eriksen. They did get some fabulous money for him but you can see the difference in where Tottenham are going.
 
“Chelsea and Tottenham do not like each other one bit, and it’s Lampard against Mourinho. I am expecting there to be major discipline issues here; it will be a tense and aggressive affair. I am struggling to separate these two as you do not know what will you get off them. I would play Olivier Giroud, not Michy Batshuayi, and see how you go for 65-70 minutes. They need an out-ball to get up the pitch. That is my point regarding Moura – Tottenham need to be able to get out.
 
“Prediction: 2-1.”

 

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