Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur isn’t the traditionally fiery London derby, but recent history has added an edge to it.
It was Chelsea who ended Spurs’ title hopes in 2015/16, the Blues choosing that match, of all matches, in early May to finally look like the side who’d won the league the previous season after having disappointed for so long.
The ‘Battle of the Bridge’ was such a feisty affair that it immediately went down in history — Tottenham received nine yellow cards and there was a brawl at the final whistle as tempers spilled over.
The FansBet fantasy game for the match is one way to liven it up without punches being thrown.
It’s just £5.50 to enter for a chance to win a share of £1000. All you need to do is pick a six-a-side team from the two teams’ players.
Our friends at Football Whispers have picked theirs. Think you can do better?
Hugo Lloris (£5.5m)
The French goalkeeper has almost as many clean sheets (four) as he does goals conceded (five) in the league this season.
It says a lot about his quality that Tottenham conceded five goals in the four games that he missed — without Lloris, Mauricio Pochettino’s team could be in a much worse position than the fourth-place they’re currently in.
Marcos Alonso (£6.5m)
The Spanish left-back barely even counts as a defender, such is his contribution to Chelsea’s attack. He may not have continued in the fiery form he was in for much of last season, but he has three assists and one goal in the Premier League to his name already.
He might be due another goal too — he takes the second-most shots per game of any full-back in the league, averaging 1.75 per 90 minutes. He’ll have to find his shooting boots, though, as only 14 per cent of those have found the target.
Eden Hazard (£10.5m)
The Belgian has been in amongst the goals this season, with seven of his own and four assists. Even under Maurizio Sarri’s new system, with emphasises team play more than any individual, he’s still the attacking spark in the side, and Chelsea will be hoping he’s on form this weekend.
Erik Lamela (£6.5m)
Lamela spent most of the 2017/18 season out with injury but, as much as a cliche as this is, has been like a new signing for Tottenham since returning to full fitness.
He’s bagged a goal and two assists in four Champions League appearances, and four goals and another assist in the Premier League. With a bit of bite to him as well, playing Chelsea could be made for him.
Harry Kane (£12.5m)
There was a period towards the start of the season where some were worried about his form, but Kane’s put the doubters at ease. Four goals in four Champions League appearances adds to his six strikes in the domestic league.
As Tottenham’s talismanic striker, he’s going to be the one to get them out of any tight spot they may find themselves in.
Olivier Giroud (£8.0m)
Alvaro Morata might have finally found his scoring boots recently, but the Spaniard has been so patchy that it doesn’t feel like it’ll last. Giroud, meanwhile, is the perfect link-man for others while also being a ‘route one’ option.
He might not start, but that doesn’t hurt his chances of having a hand in a goal or two.
Substitute: N’Golo Kante (£5.0m); total cost: £54.5m
Kante might not be a regular on the score-sheet, but he’s popped up at odd moments to lend a hand in one or two.
He has one goal and one assist in the league so far this season, but is such an endearing figure that it seems like fate for him to continue winning over Chelsea fans by scoring against a rival.
An outside chance of getting big points, but a chance worth taking.
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