In what is expected to be one of the most exciting encounters of April, Chelsea will host in-form Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge, as both the teams look to fight for a place in the Champions League next season.
It will definitely be a 50:50 encounter but Tottenham’s fiery form might hand them an advantage going into the game. The Lilywhites have won their last four matches in the Premier League, and also have a healthy five-point lead over their weekend opponents.
That being said, however, in football, we never know. Defending champions Chelsea have struggled a lot this season, but their ability to churn out wins against big teams is what makes them one of the best teams in England.
Therefore, without further ado, let’s have a look at three key battles, which will decide the outcome of the game this weekend.
Eden Hazard vs Jan Vertonghen
Like every other game, Eden Hazard will be the main man for Chelsea in the offensive department. The 27-year-old attacking sensation has been one of the best players in the Premier League for the past few seasons, often leading Chelsea’s attacking department.
The Belgian, however, will have to overcome his compatriot, Jan Vertonghen in order to unsettle the Tottenham defence tomorrow.
Tottenham captain Vertonghen has been a key part of his side’s defence for many years now and his experience will be crucial as the Lilywhites look to keep Eden Hazard at bay.
N’Golo Kante vs Mousa Dembele
Tottenham’s midfield sensation Mousa Dembele will have a job on his hand, as he will be up against the relentless N’Golo Kante.
Kante, who has been one of the bright sparks in a dire season for Chelsea, thus far, is easily one of the best midfielders in the league. His incredible tenacity coupled with his blistering pace will help the hosts dominate the opposition in the middle third of the pitch.
Dembele, who likes to assert his dominance in midfield with his top-notch passing and brilliant movement, will definitely find it difficult to overcome the challenging N’Golo Kante but if he does, then Tottenham will surely have a firm grip on the game.
Christian Eriksen vs Cesar Azpilicueta
Due to the possible absence of star striker Harry Kane, the onus will be on Christian Eriksen to provide the main attacking spark for Tottenham upfront.
The Danish international has the creativity and vision to act as a sparkplug in the offensive areas, which will definitely prove to be a problem for the Chelsea defence.
Therefore, head coach Antonio Conte will rely on his most experienced defender in Cesar Azpilicueta, as he hopes to nullify the former Ajax playmaker.