London: With none of their EPL title rivals in action this weekend, leaders Chelsea can open up a seven-point lead at the summit by beating Tottenham Hotspur today.
Arsenal’s defeat at Stoke City last weekend, coupled with Manchester City’s involvement in the League Cup final, saw Chelsea move four points clear and victory over Spurs would further galvanise their position. Arsenal and City both have commitments in the FA Cup, while Liverpool, who stole into second place last weekend, do not have a fixture.
While City will have three games in hand by the time the weekend is out, Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle says that he and his teammates are increasingly sure of their title credentials.
“We have to believe it. I think everyone believes it now. We have worked hard for this,” said the Germany international. “We have to keep going, keep winning like we did at Fulham, then we will see at the end.”
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea are unbeaten in 13 league matches, winning 10 and drawing three, but in Tottenham they face a team with designs on a Champions League place.
Tim Sherwood’s side bounced back from a defeat at Norwich City by winning 1-0 at home to Cardiff City last Sunday and could close to within a point of the top four if they prevail today.
Sherwood meanwhile believes that his side’s status as underdogs could work in their favour. “Games against Chelsea at the Bridge perhaps the pressure’s off us a little bit and we can cause a surprise,” said the Spurs manager.