Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur

Slowly but surely we are entering the most interesting part of the championship. Part of the championship where every point is big as a house. Part of the championship in which the battles for the championship title, to go to Europe, to survive are decided.

After 24 rounds in the English Premier league we have open title race like never before, tight fight for the Champions League and Europa League places and we shouldn’t even mention that the relegation battle is on fire. There is nothing better than when we can watch Premier League in the middle of the week, Tuesday / Wednesday and already for a weekend game is on from a lunch time, and It’s burning at each end of the table.On 26th and 27th February,  the 28th round of English Premier League is on schedule, and it brings some amazing matches. 

On 27th February Chelsea will face Tottenham on Stamford Bridge stadium. This match is also one of the biggest derbies in London. It’s a big rivalry between these two teams and there are often quite effective matches with a lot of goals.After 24 rounds Chelsea is on the 5th position with 47 points. They have 14 wins, 5 draws and 5 defeats with 40 goals scored and 23 received.Chelsea is 14 points behind the leader of the table Liverpool and they are out of the title race. Their main goal now is to finish on 3rd  or 4th position so they will play UEFA Champions League next season. In the last five matches in the Premier League  they won on two, lost two and played draw in one game. They won agains Crystal Palace as quests with 1:0 and won against Newcastle at home with 2:1. They managed to play only 0:0 with Southampton on home ground and it was really disappointing for the fans. But it wasn’t the biggest disappointing because Chelsea lost against one of the biggest rivals and also city opponent Arsenal. The game was played on Emirates Stadium and Chelsea was defeated 2:0, but even worst was the game that Chelsea has shown in the first half of the match. And definitely the biggest surprise and disappointing was defeat against Bournemouth on away game with 4:0. This defeat made their fans angry and upset. After the match the manager Sarri immediately requested meeting with the players to try to fix the situation. Between these matches Chelsea has played two games in the FA Cup and won against Nottingham and Sheffield Wednesday and their next opponent in the round of 16 will be Manchester United. In the EFL Carabao Cup, Chelsea played against Tottenham and lost the first game on Wembley with 1:0. In the second leg at Stamford Bridge Chelsea showed much better game and managed to win on penalties and go through the next phase which is the final against Manchester City.

Chelsea used winter transfer period to solve the problems they have in the attack. Sarri’s wish was to bring Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli and he did it. Morata has left the club and went to Atletico Madrid, and Fabregas left to Monaco. February will be hell of a month for Chelsea. In the Premier League they first will play at home against Huddersfield, then away against Manchester City and on 27th against Tottenham. They also will play two games in the Europa League agains Malmo. The match against Manchester United in the FA Cup and the final against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup. So the match against Tottenham at the end of the month will be like the cherry on the cake. Tottenham on the other hand is still in the title race, after 24 rounds is on the 3rd position 7 points behind the leader Liverpool and 2 points behind the second placed Manchester City. They have 18 wins, 6 losses and zero draws so far in the Premier League. In the last five games in the league they have 3 wins against Watford, Fulham and Cardiff and two defeats against Manchester United and Wolves both times at home. They were defeated in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup by Chelsea and also lost to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup. February will be tough month for Tottenham as well as for Chelsea. Tottenham will face Newcastle, Leicester,Burnley and Chelsea in the Premier League and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Tottenham are faced with some big problems but for now it seems that they found the way to overcome them. Their biggest problem is the injury of Harry Kane, their main player. It was expected Tottenham to bring some players in winter transfer period, but they decided not to, and they are first team ever not to bring any players in two transfer periods in a row. Fans are pleased with the form in the league but are disappointed with the defeats in the both Cups.

Match on 27th February will be 164 match between these teams in all competitions. Chelsea has won 69, Tottenham 54 and 40 matches were draw. In the first match this season Tottenham has won 3:1. In their last match in EFL Cup both teams won on home ground, and Chelsea was better on penalties. And through history in the matches between these teams the home team was better. It will be tough match but because of the home advantage and fans, current form and tradition Chelsea is slight favourite to win the game. Also their games usually ended with a lot of goals.

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