Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Preview and TV schedule

Shaun Botterill

Chelsea and Tottenham face a hugely important game which will be key to deciding who finishes in the Champions League places at the end of the season.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur face a crucial match at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday which will go a long way to deciding who will be competing in the Champions League next season.

A Tottenham victory would arguably be a worse result for Arsenal than the Blues, with the Gunners the third team competing for the two places. Tottenham have been in indifferent form recently, although their whole season has seen them struggle against lesser teams and up their game against the bigger sides, so Chelsea will have to be wary.

The form of Gareth Bale presents the most obvious danger for the Blues, whose league form has been excellent lately, best exemplified by their narrow victory at Old Trafford in their previous fixture. Tottenham cannot afford to lose here, but that victory in Manchester should give the hosts some breathing room.

Tottenham injuries and suspensions

Out: Younes Kaboul (thigh), William Gallas (calf), Sandro (knee). In doubt: Scott Parker (knock), Aaron Lennon (muscle), Moussa Dembele (muscle).

Chelsea injuries and suspensions

Out: Ryan Bertrand (knee), John Obi Mikel (hand). In doubt: Oriol Romeu (knee), Marko Marin (thigh).

Chelsea should see the return of Eden Hazard after the Belgian missed their clash with Manchester United, while Oriol Romeu could also be back in the squad after a long absence, although John Obi Mikel will definitely miss out while there are doubts over Marko Marin.

Tottenham are without long-term absentees Youne Kaboul, William Gallas and Sandro, and could also be without Scott Parker and Moussa Dembele in midfield. A potential absence for Aaron Lennon weakens their options further.

Match date\time: Wednesday, 8th May, 7:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, England

TV: FOX Soccer Channel (U.S. English), FOX Deportes (U.S. Spanish), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), Sportsnet Regional (Canada)

Online: FOX Soccer 2Go (U.S.), Sky Go (U.K.)

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