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Chelsea locked in three-way transfer battle over Premier League star

01 April 2018, 12:15 | Ricardo Garza

Manager Mauricio Pochettino was seen having a chat with England midfielder Dele Alli

Manager Mauricio Pochettino was seen having a chat with England midfielder Dele Alli

Chelsea are now fifth in the Premier League table - five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with just eight games of the 2017-18 campaign left to play.

Mauricio Pochettino could deploy either a 3-4-3 formation, attempting to match Chelsea's shape, or a 4-2-3-1 system which would mean an extra attacking player.

With Liverpool, just two points further ahead in the third position, and having played a game more, the fight for the last two spots of the Champions League position is heating up.

Chelsea FC were 2-1 winners against Tottenham at Wembley in their second Premier League game of the season thanks to Marcos Alonso's two goals.

Pochetteno's men are now fourth in the league table with 61 points.

Meanwhile, Manchester United who trails the league leaders Manchester City by 16 points will be hosting Swansea City on Saturday. Although they start as favourites here, they'll probably have to win this one tactically rather than through genuinely outplaying Spurs.

The 28-year-old is not only solid defensively but can turn provider if needs be and has built a productive partnership with countryman Alvaro Morata this season. Alderweireld has not played in the Premier League since October. "On Sunday, we have to get a win", the Spain global added. I think that, if Tottenham grew a lot in this period, he deserves a lot of credit for that.

Tottenham are once again expected to be without midfielder Harry Winks through injury.

"Kane is a very important player for them, that's for sure".

"Every single player needs to show in training that they are better than their team-mate and then I pick", Pochettino said. Sunday's clash with Chelsea might be very different because a stalemate is of questionable value to the Blues. Spurs are the better side, and I'm happy to back them at a generous [3.3].

Although injured at the moment, Harry Kane remains the best striker in the Premier League by a country mile and is rivalled by only Luis Suarez and Robert Lewandowski as the best out-and-out forward on the world stage.

Tottenham are most definitely the form team coming into this top-four crunch tie, something that will give Spurs fans hope they can end their Stamford Bridge hoodoo.

He last played for Spurs in their 2-2 FA Cup draw against Rochdale on February 18.

Alderweireld is set to remain on the bench when Tottenham travel to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. Hmmm, let me think.

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