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The first half of Chelsea v Tottenham finished 2-0 with goals of Kane at minute 35 and Min Son at minute 44.

The Blues started well, aggressive, and went close to score with Fabregas and Willian in a couple of times, but Spurs were more cynical and took advantage of the only two real chances they got, with Chelsea defense being really poor in both occasions.

Now Hiddink‘s side got the opportunity to score at least two goals to avoid Tottenham to get the three points that would keep their title hopes alive.

CHELSEA –  Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Diego Costa

Subs- Amelia, Baba, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Oscar, Hazard, Traore

Manager- Guus Hiddink

 

TOTTENHAM –  Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; Kane

Subs- Vorm, Davies, Wimmer, Carroll, Chadli, Mason, Clinton

Manager- Mauricio Pochettino

 

Scorers: Kane 35′, Min Son 44′

Yellow Cards: Walker 27′, Vertonghen 38′, Willian 45′, Rose 45′

Referee- Mark Clattenburg

 

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pohettino believes his team need to play their own game ahead of their must win clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Speaking to Sky Sports Pochettino said “It’s a game we must win, this is true, we want to be alive in the title race. There is no other option.

“We need to play our game. We know it’s very important.”

On Son Heung-min starting: “He is a very fast player a player and he has been training very well in the last few weeks. We have different option. Why not Son?”

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Speaking before Chelsea’s match against Tottenham tonight defensive midfielder John Obi Mikel says the team want to make a statement to their fans.

Talking to Sky Sports Mikel said  “We’re as motivated as ever, we’re looking forward to the game. They have to win, we need to win.”

“We want to use this game to make a statement to our fans. We’re dedicated, motivated and we know what it means to be here.”

“We’ll play the same way tonight as we will against Leicester. You have to win the Premier League, you don’t get given it.”

The Blues take on Spurs at 20:00 GMT at Stamford Bridge.

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CHELSEA –  Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Diego Costa

Subs- Amelia, Baba, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Oscar, Hazard, Traore

Manager- Guus Hiddink

 

TOTTENHAM –  Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; Kane

Subs- Vorm, Davies, Wimmer, Carroll, Chadli, Mason, Clinton

Manager- Mauricio Pochettino

 

Referee- Mark Clattenburg

Venue- Stamford Bridge

Kick off- 20:00 GMT

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Chelsea, the current Premier League champions, can decide the title race again tonight.

If the Blues manage to win or draw against Tottenham, Leicester City will be champions.

Spurs need three points to keep their title hopes alive, since Ranieri‘s side just need two points to win the league.

With a current 8 points gap, if Pochettino’s team draw the gap will reduce to 7 points, that are anyway too many to recover in just two games ( 6 points available).

All Chelsea fans hope their players can become heroes again for one night in this disappointing season to prevent the biggest London rival to get Premier League glory.

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Chelsea star John Obi Mikel has recently refused a lucrative offer from Turkish side Fenerbahçe, according to The Sun.

The Nigeria international is reportedly not eager to leave Blues and want to keep playing at Stamford Bridge with a contract extension.

It is understood also Galatasaray have made a bid believed to worth £110,000 per-week.

Chelsea have already offered Obi Mikel a new deal, as the midfielder has just one-year remaining on his current contract with Blues.

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Tottenham are all but out of the race for the Premier League title after dropping points last week against West Brom and league leaders Leicester only needing 3 points from a possible 9.

Leicester can seal the title today if they manage to beat Manchester United.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is undoubtedly disappointed but is still fighting and the motivation is there to beat Chelsea in tomorrow’s game at Stamford Bridge.

“West Brom was tough, we were all disappointed with the result and it’s always hard because our dream is to fight for the title and we missed a big opportunity to reduce the gap.

“It was a big hit for us. The dream, the motivation is to fight for the title and we dropped two points, you always feel disappointed, but that all disappears because we need to be ready for Monday.

“We keep working hard, try to believe and the players have given their best every day.

“They are good now and ready to compete again against Chelsea. It’s a big derby and we need to try and win the game and try to still fight for the title.”

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Current Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has stabilised the club after a poor start to the campaign from Jose Mourinho. Now, with Antonio Conte taking charge next season, Hiddink claims that he will need to challenge for the Premier League title in his first year.

Hiddink believes that the top clubs will be more motivated and looking to finish as high as possible and Chelsea don’t want to be left behind.

“The pressure is on. We have to see Chelsea next year again fighting for the title and being on top.

“There are many teams fighting for the title. Five, six clubs must always express their desire for the title, including Chelsea.”

 

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Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Tottenham Hotspur in the London derby on Monday night, we take a look at the odds on offer.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L) and Coral (C), correct as of 30th April.

 

Full-time score:

Chelsea win: SB – 13/8, L – 3/4, C – 8/11

Draw: SB – 12/5, L –11/4, C – 11/4

Tottenham Hotspur win: SB – 6/4, L – 4/1, C – 4/1

 

First goalscorer:

Eden Hazard: SB – 9/1, L – 13/2, C – 13/2

Oscar: SB – 9/1, L – 6/1, C – 5/1

Diego Costa SB – 5/1, L – 4/1, C – 5/1

Pedro: SB – 8/1, L – 13/2, C – 8/1

Willian: SB – 9/1, L – 13/2, C – 8/1

No goalscorer: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, C – 11/1

Christian Eriksen: SB – 15/2, L – 10/1, C – 9/1

Harry Kane: SB – 7/2, L – 9/1, C – 8/1

Erik Lamela: SB – 9/1, L – 10/1, C – 8/1

Heung-min Son: SB – 17/2, L – 12/1, C – 12/1

Nacer Chadli: SB – 17/2, L – 14/1, C – 14/1

 

Final Score:

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 17/2, L – 6/1, C – 6/1

2-0: SB – 12/1, L – 7/1, C – 15/2

2-1: SB – 17/2, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

3-0: SB – 28/1, L – 14/1, C – 14/1

3-1: SB – 20/1, L – 12/1, C – 12/1

Draw:

0-0: SB – 12/1, L – 11/1, C – 11/1

1-1: SB – 5/1, L – 11/2, C – 6/1

2-2: SB – 11/1, L – 14/1, C – 14/1

3-3: SB – 50/1, L – 60/1, C – 55/1

4-4: SB – 200/1, L – 250/1, C – 150/1

Tottenham Hotspur win:

1-0: SB – 17/2, L – 12/1, C – 12/1

2-0: SB – 12/1, L – 25/1, C – 25/1

2-1: SB – 17/2, L – 14/1, C – 14/1

3-0: SB – 25/1, L – 60/1, C – 66/1

3-1: SB – 18/1, L – 40/1, C – 40/1

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Chelsea will be looking to carry on winning as they come up against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Monday (20:00 GMT KO). 

Despite back-to-back defeats to Swansea and Manchester City, the Blues came back strongly last week with a comprehensive 1-4 win at Bournemouth last weekend. The win also saw Eden Hazard score his first goals of the season, after failing to show the form which won him the PFA Player of the Year trophy last year.

However, they come up against a Tottenham side who can still win the title if results go their way, Spurs currently sitting seven points behind leaders Leicester with three games to play. Mauricio Pochettino’s team have impressed this season, losing just four of their 35 matches in the league.

In the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane, neither side could find a winner as the Blues drew 0-0 with their north London rivals.

Last six games:

Chelsea: LDWLLW (includes one FA Cup game).

Tottenham Hotspur: LWDWWD (includes one Europa League game)

 

Team News:

– Chelsea captain John Terry is set to be in the squad for the first time in nearly three months but may not yet be fit enough to start.

Gary Cahill is also fit to play after overcoming an illness which ruled him out of the game against Bournemouth.

- Thibaut Courtois completes his two-match suspension, whilst Loic Remy (groin) and Kurt Zouma (knee) remain out.

Dele Alli is ruled out for Spurs after accepting a three-match ban for punching West Brom’s Claudio Yacob in midweek.

Eric Dier could feature after picking up a bout of concussion against the Baggies.

Nabil Bentaleb remains out with a knee injury.

 

Statistics:

– Chelsea have not lost a league home game against Tottenham Hotspur since February 1990;

– The Blues have not lost two consecutive home games since 2011.

– Harry Kane has scored 13 goals in his last 14 league games for Tottenham.

– Spurs have lost just one of their last 10 games against London sides.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Chelsea (away vs. AFC Bournemouth, won 1-4): Begovic, Baba, Ivanovic, Mikel, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Pedro, Costa.

Tottenham Hotspur (home vs. West Brom, drew 1-1): Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Lamela, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.

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