Chelsea are currently in a strong position, 3 points ahead of Spurs with three games to play. A win at Stamford Bridge tomorrow would all but secure Champions League football for Chelsea next season as they have a far superior goal difference.
Chelsea would go six points clear of Tottenham and four points clear of Arsenal, who are still well and firmly in the race for the top four.
12 of Spurs 17 league wins this season have been by a single goal, with Andre Villas Boas finding a way to grind out results.
Spurs will be hoping that Welsh talisman Bale, who won both the PFA player of the year and young player of the year, will be on form for the clash. Bale who has scored 20 league goals this term is likely to be a constant threat, but as Benitez suggested in his latest press conference, although Chelsea have to be weary of Gareth Bale, Spurs have Juan Mata and Eden Hazard to worry about.
Chelsea prevailed 4-2 in an entertaining meeting at White Hart Lane earlier in the season, and with so much at stake this time around, don’t be surprised if it turns out to be a cagey tactical affair.
Eden Hazard is back in training and is in line to start tomorrow after sitting out the win against Manchester United. Long term absentee Oriol Romeu also looks to play some part in the game after a long lay-off.
As Juan Mata said, this game for both Chelsea and Spurs is like a cup final. Chelsea will be playing their 66th game of the season and tired is something they haven’t looked in the past few games. Mata himself has scored 18 goals in all competitions, creating 36 assists, there is no doubt he will play an important part in the match. This Chelsea side almost look rejuvenated with the Europa Cup final against Benfica on the horizon and talk of “The Special One” returning in the summer.