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Chelsea vs Tottenham LIVE commentary: Mauricio Pochettino aims to dash Spurs’ Champions League hopes – kick-off time, team news and talkSPORT coverage

Chelsea can dash Tottenham’s hopes of a top-four finish at Stamford Bridge this evening, live exclusively on talkSPORT.

The Blues are chasing a European place themselves and they can boost their own chances while damaging Spurs’.

Chelsea had a 95-minute winner ruled out by VAR against Villa

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Chelsea had a 95-minute winner ruled out by VAR against VillaCredit: Getty

Mauricio Pochettino finds himself facing his former club after a controversial 2-2 draw with Aston Villa which saw his side bounce back from two goals down.

Meanwhile, Ange Postecoglou will not want to suffer back-to-back London derby defeats after his side were beaten 3-2 by Arsenal on Sunday.

Chelsea vs Tottenham: worn by Cole

Cole Palmer continues to be Chelsea’s star man this season and he has led the Blues’ turnaround with form that has put them on the brink of a potential European place.

The only game Palmer has missed in recent weeks was a heavy defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates last week.

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But he returned for the draw with Aston Villa and is now on course to equal a superb record held by Erling Haaland.

The former Man City man has scored a hat-trick in his last two Premier League home games against Man United and Everton.

The only other player to score three goals in a row was Erling Haaland last season.

Palmer has also scored seven times in seven games at Stamford Bridge, already the longest streak by a Chelsea player in the top flight.

Palmer has been unstoppable this season

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Palmer has been unstoppable this seasonCredit: Getty
  • Only against Manchester United (39) have Tottenham lost more Premier League matches than against Chelsea (34).
  • Chelsea have lost just one of their last 33 league matches at home to Tottenham, losing 3-1 in April 2018 when Spurs were managed by Mauricio Pochettino.

Chelsea vs Tottenham: team news

Chelsea have no new injury concerns after their draw with Villa.

However, their absentee list remains long with Ben Chilwell, Malo Gusto and Raheem Sterling the latest to join them.

Reece James, Levi Colwill, Lesley Ugochukwu, Carney Chukwuemeka and Romeo Lavia are still ruled out while Enzo Fernandez is out for the rest of the campaign.

As for Tottenham, Timo Werner was injured in the first half against Arsenal in the north London derby.

He appeared to have a muscle problem and could now miss this week, with Brennan Johnson expected to take his place.

Destiny Udogie has been ruled out for the rest of the season after surgery while Manor Solomon and Ryan Sessegnon remain out.

Werner was injured

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Werner was injuredCredit: AFP
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  • After a run of just one win in 14 Premier League home matches between March and November last year (D7 L6), Chelsea have now won seven of their last nine games at Stamford Bridge (D1, L6). 1 defeat). They have scored 29 goals in their last 10 home league matches, as many as in their previous 27.
  • Chelsea have completed the Premier League double nine times against Tottenham, and more against Manchester City (10). Meanwhile, Spurs have only lost twice in the same season, more often against Manchester United (10) than the Blues.

Chelsea vs Tottenham: what was said?

Pochettino believes VAR has “harmed English football” after Chelsea were denied a late winner against Aston Villa at the weekend.

Expressing his frustration after the match, he said: “Everyone who watched the match will be disappointed.

“Two different things, the referee said it was a foul and disallowed the goal, then went to VAR to confirm.

“The referee is incredible and it’s ridiculous. It’s hard to accept, this kind of thing in the semi-final (FA Cup against Man City) two weeks ago, it was handball and there was no had no penalty, the referee did not check it.

“It’s painful because it was damaging to English football and I think the Villa players and their fans didn’t understand why the goal was disallowed.

“They said it was a foul and if you see the challenge, what happens if we go into every challenge like this, it will be a foul and we won’t finish the game with 11 (players).

“We can talk about the performance or the decision, it hurts the game.”

Pochettino was furious and didn't hold back after the match

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Pochettino was furious and didn’t hold back after the matchCredit: AFP
  • Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino could become the first manager to complete a Premier League double against Spurs after previously managing them in the competition.
  • Tottenham have lost 4-0 to Newcastle and 3-2 to Arsenal in their last two Premier League matches. They haven’t lost three times in a row since November 2023, while they haven’t done so by conceding more than 3 goals each time since September 2021 – both runs included a defeat against Chelsea.

Chelsea vs Tottenham: talkSPORT coverage

This Premier League clash will take place on Thursday May 2.

Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

talkSPORT will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the game presented by Hugh Woozencroft.

Comments will come from Sam Matterface and former Arsenal defender Martin Keown.

To tune in to talkSPORT via the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, via your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

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