Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has backed Chelsea to get the better of Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge tonight.
Star striker Diego Costa is suspended for the Blues, but the ex-England international still has his money on the hosts to win the Premier League clash.
“Spurs have not won at the Bridge in any competition since February 1990 when a certain Gary Lineker scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory and, despite an excellent win and performance against Everton on Sunday, I can’t see them bucking that trend against the Blues,” the 34-year-old wrote on Betvictor.com.
“Chelsea must do without the suspended Diego Costa but they are well equipped to cope with his absence and I expect them to bounce back after their goalless draw at the Stadium Of Light.”
Like Owen, many other former footballers and pundits will back Chelsea to win tonight, as will many neutral fans.
Player-for-player Chelsea have the better team and playing at home will give them an advantage. The suspension to Costa will be a blow, but fellow strikers Loic Remy and Didier Drogba can still do the job.
Tottenham have won their last three competitive matches and gave their best performance of the season at home against Everton on Sunday, but they do not look entirely convincing.
For Spurs to win on Wednesday, they will need to step up their game and be at their very best. But even that may not be enough.