Chelsea host Tottenham in a London derby that is a must-win game for both clubs for different reasons, but Carlo Ancelotti’s team should be expected to extend their fine record against the opposition at Stamford Bridge.
Four successive Premier League victories have kept alive Chelsea’s Premier League title hopes and they will need to maintain this winning streak until the end of the season if they want to catch Manchester United.
Chelsea’s odds are 8/15 to beat Tottenham and they may be further boosted by the news that Michael Essien could be fit to feature, despite hobbling off against West Ham with what was thought could have been a serious knee injury.
A defeat for Spurs would almost certainly end any outside hopes of finishing in the top four this season to qualify for the Champions League, but history does not give them much hope of an essential win.
Tottenham have failed to win at Stamford Bridge since 1990 and have triumphed in just one of their last ten games in all competitions.
It is 5/1 in the Premier League odds that Spurs beat Chelsea, while the draw that would help neither team in their particular quests is priced at 3/1.
With Tottenham having failed to score in three of their last four visits to Chelsea, it makes sense to focus on who will find the target for the hosts.
Fernando Torres will be high on confidence after scoring his first goal for Chelsea and has found the target on both of his previous home games against Spurs from his days at Liverpool.
Torres is 7/2 in the Premier League betting to score first, which is the same price as Didier Drogba and it is hard to predict which one of the pair will get the nod in attack.
Frank Lampard also seems to have found his scoring boots of late and 5/1 could be a decent price that he grabs the opener.
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