Goals to flow at the Bridge

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Mauricio Pochettino

Chelsea host Tottenham on Sunday afternoon and know victory is a must for them to maintain their top-four hopes.

The Blues have surrendered their title in tame fashion but Antonio Conte will be desperate to at least salvage a top-four berth from the season.

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso admitted this week the game has a “definite must-win” feel about it for the home side.

With Harry Kane set to be missing, the Blues will fancy their chances – at odds of 29/20 – in a fixture that has caused Tottenham endless heartache down the years.

Chelsea are undefeated in their last 22 home matches against Tottenham in all competitions, with Spurs unable to record a league win at the west London venue since 1990.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are 21/10 to end that long famine although Spurs would likely accept a draw (47/20) and move on given they go into this game five points clear of Chelsea and occupying fourth spot.

Worryingly for Pochettino, Chelsea have scored at least two goals in their last seven home games against Spurs. The visitors must break that sequence if they want to win here.

Despite Kane’s problems, there may never be a better time for Tottenham. Conte’s team have only won two of their last six in the league and are shy on confidence.

This is a tough game to call but just one of the last six meetings between these London rivals has failed to produce three goals – a 2-0 win for Spurs at White Hart Lane last season.

We’ll head down the goals route, with over 2.5 coming in at 20/21, which looks a fair price even if Kane is missing.

In the early game, Arsenal welcome Stoke to the Emirates. It hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Potters, with 10 straight defeats in north London, and it is no shock to find Arsenal 4/13 for the win again.

The stats strongly suggest they’ll get three points. Stoke have performed better under Paul Lambert but are still without a win in their last seven. They haven’t won away from home since October.

Arsenal are looking to make it four successive wins – a feat they haven’t managed since October, either.

There once was a time when Stoke were a thorn in Arsenal’s side although that tended to be on home soil. They’ve struggled badly at this venue of late and may do so again.

Arsenal’s focus is the Europa League but they can secure some momentum by winning this game with a bit to spare. The Gunners to win with over 2.5 goals in the match looks decent at 20/29.

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