Betting: Can Tottenham catch Chelsea in the Premier League title race?

Following their 2-0 defeat at the hands of former boss Jose Mourinho, Chelsea now face a genuine title challenge in the form of London rivals Spurs

Chelsea's seemingly relentless march towards another Premier League title has hit a couple of bumps in the road in recent weeks, but can Tottenham catch the long-time table toppers?

The Blues looked home and hosed at the start of April, but two defeats in the past four games have opened the door for a Spurs side who are now on a seven-match winning run and showing no signs of letting up, at least not yet.

Antonio Conte's men are still the overwhelming favourites with dabblebet, priced at 2/11 (1.18) to end the season in top spot, but their closest challengers are now just four points back and can be backed at 9/2 (5.50) to overhaul that deficit over the course of the next six matches. The only other runners left in the market are Manchester City and Liverpool at 250/1 (251.0).

The league leaders certainly appear to have the best run in of the two teams. Chelsea face Southampton (H), Everton (A), Middlesbrough (H), West Brom (A), before ending the campaign with back-to-back home games against Watford and rock-bottom Sunderland.


Tottenham meanwhile face Crystal Palace (A), Arsenal (H), West Ham (A), Manchester United (A) and end their season with trips to Leicester City and Hull City respectively.

Many expected Spurs to catch Leicester City in the final stages of the previous season but the Foxes kept their nearest challengers at arms' length before they somewhat collapsed once the destination of the title was decided but will it be a different story this time around?

The two teams will meet in the FA Cup semi finals at Wembley this weekend, adding another chapter to what could yet be a blockbuster story given that the north Londoners have cut six points off Chelsea's lead in the last four matches.

As well as being the form team in the division, Mauricio Pochettino's side also have a much superior goal difference compared to their London rivals, a factor that could now have a huge bearing should the league leaders drop any more points.


That eight-goal advantage is thanks in no small part to their prolific run of form in recent weeks which has seen Spurs rack up 22 goals since their 2-0 defeat at Anfield in mid-February, the last time they failed to pick up maximum points in a league game.

Chelsea are still in the driving seat as the odds suggest, but their lack of defensive stability since the turn of the year will certainly be a concern for a manager who established a fearsome backline after switching to a back three.

Following the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal that prompted that tactical switch, the former Juventus boss saw his side win 13 straight league games, 10 of those coming with a clean sheet.


Since then though, the Blues have managed just two clean sheets in 13 games, failing to keep out their opposition in the last 10 and while they appear to have the more favourable run of fixtures, that soft centre does introduce plenty of potential excitement into a market that looked all but concluded a few weeks ago.

Those defensive weaknesses will certainly give hope to Spurs backers who will hope that the side who faltered badly at the end of last season can do precisely the opposite and reel in a team who, for the first time in months, are beginning to show some signs of nerves as the home stretch approaches.

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