After Chelsea’s loss to Manchester United last Sunday, Tottenham’s title hopes were reignited.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side beat Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday to close the gap to four points and it stayed like that all weekend as the league leaders suffered defeat at the hands of the Red Devils.
With six games to go and 18 points to play for, The Boot Room analyses both teams’ fixture run-in…
Antonio Conte’s side start their six-game run in with a home tie against Southampton. In the reverse fixture, the Blues won 2-0 and they will be expecting a similar result against a mid-table side.
Then, Chelsea travel to Goodison Park in what is probably their toughest fixture remaining. The Blues have already claimed a 5-0 win against Everton this season, but Ronald Koeman’s team have been very strong at home recently which makes this a tough tie to call.
From there, the Blues host Middlesbrough at home before travelling to the Hawthorns to face Tony Pulis’ West Brom side. Having previously beaten both opponents 1-0, Conte will see these fixtures as a great chance to claim six points.
Middlesbrough at home should be a fairly simple affair. However, Tony Pulis will set his side up to frustrate Chelsea, meaning the clash against the Baggies will be a hard fought battle.
Chelsea end their season with a couple of home ties against Watford and Sunderland. The Blues have already beaten both teams this season and they will be confident of ending their campaign with two victories against a mid-table side and a relegation candidate.
Tottenham are the only side keeping up with Chelsea, while the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton chase the remaining two top-four spots. With four points between first and second, Pochettino’s side will be hoping Chelsea slip up, while also acknowledging that they probably have to win all six of their remaining games.
After an FA Cup Semi-final clash with the Blues, Spurs continue their title chase with a trip to Selhurst Park. Pochettino’s men face Crystal Palace having beaten them 1-0 earlier in the campaign. However, Sam Allardyce’s men have recently claimed victories against Arsenal and Chelsea, which suggests they will be no pushovers when Tottenham visit.
Arsenal then visit White Hart Lane to play Spurs in one of the biggest North London Derbies in recent times. Spurs are set to finish above their rivals for the first time in many years and a win could consolidate their superiority.
Spurs 35th game of the campaign is a London derby with West Ham at the Olympic Stadium and Pochettino’s side will be hoping to take three points before they host Manchester United in one of their hardest fixtures left this season. Jose Mourinho’s side have been better away from home in the Premier League and with a Champions League spot still at stake, United will be eager to claim a crucial victory.
Tottenham finish their campaign with trips to the King Power and the KC Stadium to face two sides they have already beaten this season. With Spurs likely to gain six points from the ties with Leicester and Hull City, the title could go down to the final day.
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