Squeaky Bum Time: Chelsea must win. This is a six-pointer for the fourth Champions league place. Should Chelsea win, they move within two points of Spurs. Should Chelsea lose, they fall eight points back with eight matches remaining. Chelsea have a far tougher run to the finish (Spurs evade the top seven entirely). They must also still play Champions League matches.
Losing would not mean mathematical elimination, though would be all but a de facto death sentence. Even a draw, according to SPI, would leave Chelsea with just a 16 percent chance of reaching the gravy train.
Chelsea Form: The Blues have won just two of their last eight in the league. They are coming off a rough loss to Man City at midweek. That said, they have won their last two games at the Bridge and before that drew Manchester United.
Tottenham Form: Awful. Since beating Newcastle 5-0 on Feb. 11, the Spuds have tallied just one point from their last four matches. They have been outscored 8-2 since the first half at the Emirates. They have also taken just two points from their last five matches away from White Hart Lane.
History: The last time Spurs beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the league was in 1990, when it was still the English 1st Division.
Prediction: Chelsea’s old guard has a knack for finding goals against the run of play and performing when it counts. Spurs have a knack for soiling themselves when much is expected of them. 2-0 Chelsea.
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