Fri, Mar 30, 11:07am by Staff Writer
Tottenham Hotspur will look to turn around 28 years of history as it takes on Chelsea in a London derby this week that could a long way to deciding the coveted fourth spot in the Premier League.
Spurs last won at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge in 1990, when Gary Lineker scored the winner in a 2-1 EPL victory.
In-form Tottenham are fourth on the table as the EPL returns from last week’s international break with 61 points from 30 matches, one place and five points above defending champion Chelsea.
A loss would leave the Blues eight points behind Spurs, with eight matches left in the season.
The pressure for Tottenham to claim a rare win at Chelsea is compounded by the fact that Spurs hosts runaway league leaders Manchester City on April 14.
While Chelsea is Sportsbet’s $2.30 favourite to take out the derby on Monday, at $3.10, Spurs are a tempting bet to continue their run to a Champions League spot for next season.
Manchester City leads the EPL by 16 points on 81 and needs just two more wins to seal their third title in seven years.
After already claiming the League Cup, City will be looking to wrap its likely premiership as soon as possible to allow it focus on a Champions League crown.
This week’s trip to Everton could help City go a long way toward fulfilling that goal.
Everton is in ninth spot after two straight wins, but should offer little obstacle to the City juggernaut. The Citizens are paying just $1.30 to win this week, with $9.50 for Everton and $5 for a draw.
Second-placed Manchester United is watching its title hopes fast slip away, but is the short-money favourite to retain its spot when it hosts Swansea City.
Swansea has vastly improved under new coach Carlos Carvalhal, losing just twice in the EPL since his appointment on December 28, but is still playing for its top-flight survival.
United advanced to the FA Cup semi-finals just days after being eliminated from the Champions League by Sevilla and is less than a game ahead of Liverpool in the EPL.
Jose Mourinho’s side is on $1.20 to see off Swansea on Sunday, with a whopping $14 for the Welsh side and $6 for a draw.
Liverpool, meanwhile, will maintain the pressure for second spot when it travels to London to take on Crystal Palace.
The Reds have played a game more than their top-four rivals and must win this weekend to stay in touch.
Sixteenth-placed Palace are staving off relegation and have lost three of their past four matches, all to top-of-the-table opponents.
Liverpool trounced Watford last time out after a demoralising 2-1 loss to Manchester United and is paying $1.45 to make it two in a row, with $6.50 for Palace and $4.33 for a draw.
Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield is the $5 underdog when it travels to Newcastle for a must win match this week. The Magpies are gaining strength and are on $1.72 for the win with $3.50 for a draw.
Suggested Bet: Take Chelsea and Tottenham to draw: $3.25
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