Chelsea v Tottenham – On Wednesday night are on the schedule and two late matches of the 33th round of the English Premiership, and we will analyse for you the one which directly decides on the placement in the the Champions League, given that Chelsea are currently on third and Tottenham on fifth place with three points less. However, the Blues lately have a lot more successes in their mutual matches and so they stringed three wins and the same number of draws, while the Spurs won last time three years ago, at home. Begins: 08.05.2013 – 20:45 CET
Of course, the statistics absolutely speak in favour of the host of this great London derby, especially since is in a great shape lately. The coach Benitez’s players lined four wins and one draw in the championship, which actually led them to third place in the table, with one point more than Arsenal and three more than the Spurs. Sure, in this effort to get their hands on the Champions League perhaps the most important step lately was the away victory against the new champion Manchester United, won three days ago, where they used in the best manner an evident relaxation in the home ranks and a goal scored very late in the match. It actually means that with three points eventually won in the match with the Spurs would definitely secured placement in the Champions League, where at the end of the last year lost the chance to defend the title in this competition. Instead, now they have an opportunity to do the same in the Europa league, where will play in the finals against Portuguese Benfica after elimination of Swiss Basel on 15th May in Amsterdam. Regarding the situation with players, out of the team are only injured midfielders Romeu and Marin.
Probable lineups Chelsea: Cech – Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole – Lampard, Ramires – Oscar, Mata, Hazard – Torres
Just like Chelsea, Tottenham won last weekend Southampton at home with minimal result of 1-0, which enabled them to stay in the game for qualification in the Champions League. But to continue on that path, they need another good result and in this derby will be primarily focused on victory, which would equalise them in number of points with the Blues, while with a draw would still depend on Chelsea and Arsenal results from the last two rounds. Because of this, we expect that coach Villas-Boas at Stamford Bridge set up an extremely offensive tactic, where everything will certainly depend on mood of the brilliant Bale, who has been recently voted as the best player in the Premiership this season by the English Football Association. Of course, it will be another stimulant that together with his teammates tries to take the desired three points against Chelsea, alongside the announced return of recovered Lennon and Parker. On the other hand, still out of action due to injuries are stoppers Kaboul and Gallas, and midfielder Sandro, while not fully recovered Dembele is under question mark.
Probable lineups Tottenham: Lloris – Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto – Parker, Huddlestone – Lennon, Bale, Dempsey – Defoe
Chelsea v Tottenham Pick
As this is a direct showdown for qualification in the Champions League, it’s the most realistic to expect that both teams from the first minute play quite openly, and that certainly applies on the guests for whom this is probably the last chance to get their hands on third or fourth position on the table .
Tip: over 2.5
Odd: 1.77 -