Of course the more astute amongst you will know the Reds are not in action this week but will have figured the game referred to is at Stamford Bridge.
The Saturday night game sees Spurs with the best away form [29 points on the road] tackle the league leaders Chelsea ironically with the best home form [38 from a possible 42 points]. However as Tottenham have failed to win any of the last 23 meetings at the bridge since 1990, or that Jose Mourinho has yet to lose a home premier league game it would be hard to imagine anything other than a Chelsea win. That been said this exciting league campaign continues to throw up surprises so I’m going to try make a case for The Spurs!
In assembling the best away day record this season Spurs have won 9 and drawn 3 of fourteen while averaging 1.5 goals per game on the road. Defensively also away from the lane has been good, conceding only 15, and six of them in the heavy defeat to Man City before Christmas. You can begin to see why Spurs on the road can be a different proposition. Chelsea meanwhile since the turn of the year have on occasion struggled to score at home, West Ham’s excellent 0-0 and the very late 95th minute goal against Everton in recent times both being good examples.
So while the stats point to a tight game with an eventual Chelsea win, there is another dimension worth mentioning, Liverpool, who will emerge this weekend as winners regardless. Should spurs get anything from the game then Liverpool’s destiny this year against Chelsea will be in their own hands by beating them at Anfield? Conversely if Chelsea get a point or better then Spurs lingering hopes of that coveted fourth Spot at Liverpool’s expense will surely be extinguished.
In a season where results seem to fall Liverpool’s way, I take spurs to get something out of this one. So any Red who fancy’s a flutter might just be onto a no lose weekend with the draw widely available at 3/1 or for the most ardent a Spurs win at 6/1 with Champion’s League in the bag should Chelsea triumph.