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Nic Ladds 16th Apr 2010 - 14:10

Can Spurs have another hand in the title race?

Tottenham have already had a hand in the title race this week as they beat bitter rivals Arsenal which has ended Arsenal's hopes and also boosted Tottenham's dreams of finishing fourth. Now Spurs have another chance to have their say in the battle for top spot as they take on another London side in Chelsea.

Granted, Chelsea are in a lot better place than Arsenal were. Ancelotti's men are four points clear with just four matches remaining and even if this match does not go to plan; they would still be big favourites for the title.

Tottenham are just one place and one point behind fourth placed Man City, who play Man Utd this weekend so they will be fully focused on their pursuit for Champions League football next season.

Spurs (16/5) missed out on their best chance for silverware after losing in the FA Cup semi-final to Portsmouth but they bounced back well to beat Arsenal. They do not have the best record against big sides though, winning just four of their 62 matches against Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal since 2000.

Chelsea (17/20) have lost just five matches all season and come in to the game on good form, winning four on the bounce. They are also the league's top scorers - they have banged in 85 goals and scored in each of their last 15 league matches.

Chelsea have gained more wins (21), scored more goals (66) and accumulated more points (75) against Tottenham in the Premier League than any other club. Chelsea should have no reason to apprehensive going in to what is a huge match in their season.

Tottenham's goal-hero Danny Rose is unlikely to feature after taking a knock in the Arsenal match. Peter Crouch will hope to get back in to the starting line-up after being benched in that match. Ledley King is also unlikely to play another match this week.

Winston Palacios is suspended so will miss out as well as long-term absentees Cudicini, Jenas, Lennon, Woodgate and recently injured Kranjcar who it has been announced will miss the rest of the season.

Chelsea and England fans will be pleased to see Ashley Cole back in the squad for this match and should be named on the bench after recovering from injury. There are no new concerns as just Bosingwa, Essien and Carvalho still miss out.

Tottenham fans will be hoping Defoe can find his scoring boots and add to his 23 goals this season; he is 6/1 to score first.

Chelsea have a plethora of in-form goalscorers, Drogba (3/1 first), Anelka (5/1), Lampard (5/1), Malouda (15/2) and Joe Cole (9/1) have all notched goals for Chelsea in recent weeks and it is a lucky dip trying to guess which will notch one first.

This match should be close, Tottenham have conceded a league low 11 goals at home this season and although Chelsea are the joint-top scorers away from home with 32 in 17 matches - I don't think it will be easy for either side.

I fancy both teams to score at 4/6, but it could easily be a draw (5/2). Chelsea could all but secure the title with a win here, anything less and it could leave a nervy end to the season.

If Chelsea come here all guns blazing wanting to win, I fancy them to edge it 2-1 (7/1) but if Tottenham can play well, a 1-1 (6/1) draw is on the cards.



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