Can Tottenham Hotspur take massive step towards top-four finish by finally winning at Stamford Bridge?
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Antonio Conte has got the better of Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino in recent times, but will history change this weekend
Spurs make the short trip to west London this weekend to take on rivals Chelsea with a lot at stake in the Premier League match.
The two clubs both currently have the same aim right now – to finish inside the top-four and win the FA Cup in May.
Tottenham Hotspur appear to hold the upper-hand when it comes to the Premier League with Mauricio Pochettino’s men in fourth place with 61 points.
Chelsea are fifth and also five off Spurs having both played 30 fixtures and so Sunday’s fixture carries huge importance.
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A win for the Lilywhites and they would move eight clear of Antonio Conte’s side with only seven games to go and a top-four finish would be almost confirmed.
But a defeat and the Blues will be right in the hunt again and what doesn’t favour Tottenham at Stamford Bridge is history.
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You have to go all the way back to February 1990 for the last time a Spurs team claimed all three points at Chelsea’s home.
Since then Pochettino and lots of other Tottenham managers have struggled in SW6, but a bad record at Stamford Bridge is one of many things riding on this.
A common criticism of Spurs is the fact they struggle to win away from home against their top-six rivals and this is the final chance of the season to do so.
Pochettino would dearly love to win at Chelsea for that reason alone, but he knows the bigger picture would be in the belief this squad would take from winning.
It would be another part of the overall jigsaw to help Tottenham consistently challenge for titles.
To be the best in England and the world, teams need to be able to succeed home and away and thus far Spurs have yet to do so.
Tottenham are taking forward strides, but a win on Sunday would be a big step for this team.
A draw would also be a good result and better for Spurs than the Blues, but Conte has had a knack of getting the better of the north Londoners when it has seemed unlikely recently.
Tottenham probably deserved to win on August 20, but it was Chelsea who claimed a 2-1 success with Marcos Alonso netting twice.
Also in 2017, Spurs were left to rue missed chances during the FA Cup semi-final defeat to the Blues on April 22 as Conte’s team again came out on top – this time 4-2.
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