Chelsea can boost their bid for European football by scuppering Tottenham’s fading Champions League chances

Cole Palmer is a huge hit with Blues fans and punters (Picture: Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

If the derby between Chelsea and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge is even remotely as wild as the Premier League match between the two adversaries in north London back in November, fans are in for a white-knuckle ride. 

On paper, the 4-1 win for the Blues was a stroll in the park. In reality it was an intense affair with Tottenham taking a sixth-minute lead through Dejan Kulusevski before a second goal from Heung-Min Son was ruled out by the tightest of offside margins.

Spurs then had Cristian Romero sent off after conceding a penalty which was converted by Cole Palmer before losing James Maddison and Micky van de Ven to long-term injuries and Destiny Udogie to another red card.

Nicolas Jackson finally put Chelsea ahead in the 75th minute and then completed his hat-trick in time added on but the final score could have been vastly different if Spurs had been able to equalise through one of the numerous late chances their nine men created.

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The Blues have been poor away from home this season but have been better in front of their own supporters where they are unbeaten in their last six outings in all competitions with five wins and a draw.

Spurs have stuttered since their flying start to the season and will need to improve their away attitude after their Fulham flop and Newcastle nightmare if they are to keep alive their fading dreams of a top-four finish.

However, the fact they have just one victory in their last 33 visits to the Bridge does not augur well and Chelsea can be backed with a degree of confidence to take maximum points at 6/5 with Coral, Betfair, Betway and Sky Bet as they chase a place in next season’s Europa Conference League.

Richarlison can score for Spurs at Stamford Bridge (Picture: MB Media/Getty Images)

A 3-2 home win is 16/1 with William Hill and bet365, Palmer to break the deadlock and score at any time is 11/2 and 29/20 respectively with Unibet and BetUK and a goal from Richarlison for Tottenham is 2/1 with Sky Bet.

Buckle up and enjoy another captivating ride.

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