Mark Lawrenson has backed Chelsea to end Tottenham’s unbeaten Premier League run under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge later today.
Tottenham will go into the London derby this afternoon. with a lot more belief after Steven Bergwijn’s heroics helped them seal a dramatic late comeback against Leicester on Wednesday.
The result against the Foxes has now put Spurs in the driving seat in the race for Champions League qualification, with the North Londoners now sitting just one point off fourth-placed West Ham, with three games in hand over the Hammers.
In fact, even Chelsea in third place now seem catchable for Conte’s men as a win at Stamford Bridge will take them within six points off the Blues with four games in hand over Thomas Tuchel’s men.
However, Chelsea did dominantly outclass their London rivals over the two legs of the Carabao Cup semi-final.
Lawrenson believes that the match today will be a lot tighter but has backed Chelsea to edge out Spurs.
The former Liverpool player told BBC: “Chelsea are doing well in the cups but they keep on dropping points in the league. I just feel that their manager Thomas Tuchel is sending out the wrong message when he talks about how his team are mentally tired and have been travelling so much.
“I don’t think you should ever give your players a reason or excuse for feeling tired. It’s very strange to see Tuchel do it, because the thing with Chelsea is that they have got lots of players to pick from.
“I really do think Chelsea have to just deal with their busy schedule and get on with it.
“The Blues are not in good form but it probably helps them that they are playing Tottenham, firstly because they kept them at arm’s length in both their Carabao Cup semi-final games recently, and also because this will be feisty and that should bring the best out of Tuchel’s team.
“Spurs still haven’t lost in the league under Antonio Conte, in a fantastic run that has lasted nine matches. I think that will end on Sunday, although it is going to be close. 2-1.”
Spurs Web Opinion
If the game had been at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, I would have been confident regarding our chances of getting a result. However, our result at Stamford Bridge is quite horrific and it will take a huge effort for us to come away with something from the game. I believe we need to score the first goal to give ourselves a chance.
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