Antonio Conte's beginner's luck ran its course as soon as the 2017-18 season started and the last season's incredible title triumph now looks like a distant memory. Nobody knows where the former Juventus manager will be come the next season with many believing the vacant seat of Italy as his preferred position. But we are not indulging too much into this hypothetical scenarios as this season is still not finished, and has everything to play for despite the title is out of both team's reach.
Chelsea will be playing host to Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge later today. The Blues head into this game fifth in the table, and five points behind visitors Spurs who are fourth on the table with 56 points in 30 games. That's why the pressure will definitely be on Antonio Conte's men to deliver as they are the team who is chasing and the draw will be a more welcome result for Mauricio Pochettino's team. If Chelsea win, the gap between both the teams would be just two points and considering Tottenham play Champions-elect Manchester City in two week's time, the defending Champions may be sitting at fourth after the conclusion of that week's round of fixtures.
Meanwhile, a Tottenham win would create an eight-point gap, and considering, only 7 games remaining after this week, this could be too big a task for even the talent at Conte's disposal. This is a big game with neither team can afford to lose, while only a win is the only result that Chelsea faithful
Form of both the teams:
Cheslea- (last 10) - L L W W D L L W L W
Chelsea are going through a rough patch since the turn of this year. The Blues have won just three homes in their last nine games, and drew home game against Leicester City and lost against Bournemouth in that turbulent period where they were also smacked 4-1 by Watford. That poor run is the reason why Chelsea are at fifth chasing Spurs and Liverpool for a top-4 finish. However, an away victory against Leicester City sent the Blues into the semi-final of the FA Cup. They were drawn against Southampton and considering the profile of their opponent, Conte can target a Wembley showdown with either Manchester United and Tottenham who will be playing against each other for a berth in the final.
Tottenham - (last 10) - W W D D W W W L W W
Tottenham Hotspur, on the other hand, were in control of their Champions League last-16 tie against Juventus. But two quick goals by Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala kicked the London side out of Europe. As a result and just like their hosts, Spurs have only FA Cup and a top-4 finish to save their stuttering season.
Chelsea - Ethan Ampadu, and David Luiz are a long-term absentee for the home team, while Andreas Christensen and Thibaut Courtois are doubtful for this match.
Tottenham Hotspur - Harry Kane is a doubt. But Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that Kane is in contention for a start in this match. Harry Winks is also listed amongst doubtful for this game.