Chelsea are a slightly wounded beast without the services of star striker Diego Costa. Will his absence help Tottenham Hotspur to a share of the spoils at Stamford Bridge tonight.
Chelsea suffered a slight setback in their race to the Premier League title at the weekend, Sunderland holding the Blues to a 0-0 draw, the West London side’s third draw of the season.
Nevertheless, with star player Diego Costa absent from the ranks for tonight’s visit by Tottenham Hotspur, the visitors will be quietly confident that they can possibly get something from their trip to Stamford Bridge.
Costa can consider himself lucky not to have received a red card for the incidents with defenders Wes Brown and John O’Shea on Saturday evening, however he will be suspended for this evening’s encounter thanks to his five bookings so far this season. Let’s hope that his volatile temper doesn’t prove too much of a hindrance to Mourinho’s side as the season progresses.
His place will be filled by either Didier Drogba or Loic Remy tonight and Spurs will be confident of containing whatever Chelsea can throw at them, comfortable in the knowledge that their Brazilian born star striker will be playing no part in affairs.
Drogba and Remy have managed just six goals between them for Chelsea this term and Spurs gaffer Pochettino will certainly prefer his rearguard to be facing either player ahead of Costa.
Sunderland proved last weekend that Chelsea can be contained, however Jose Mourinho blamed the midweek match at Schalke for their less than impressive display on that occasion, perhaps ignoring the Black Cats’ resolute defending on Saturday.
Spurs will pose much tougher opposition this evening, winning all but one of their last seven matches across all competitions, the exception being the home defeat to Stoke City. Their form away from White Hart Lane has been excellent and they have managed to find the back of the net in 14 successive games. Pochettino has steered his side to success so far in the Europa League and is used to battling on two fronts, therefore there will be little problems with recovering from their midweek European adventures.
Spurs collapsed somewhat when they last visited the Bridge with four goals conceded in a half-hour spell. This time they will almost certainly prove to be more resilient and are more than capable of returning home with a point.
Our betting tips
Both Teams to score – Ladbrokes 10/11
Draw – Betfred 4/1