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After a schooling at the hands of Manchester City a trip to Stamford Bridge is not exactly what the doctor ordered.

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Last week this was starting to like a fixture our boys could have hopes of taking at least a point from. Injuries and illness had disrupted the much vaunted Chelsea defence and clean sheets were suddenly hard to come by. Their last one in the league was earned all the way back in January.

At the other side of the pitch the Costa to China rumours have resurfaced and coincided with a drop in form for the crazy Brazilian Spanish international.

There were more reasons to be optimistic when you had a look at our squad. Mighty Oriol Romeu is back from a two game suspension and Gabbiadini should be a lot fitter than he was against City.

Unfortunately that positivity ended on Saturday. Chelsea managed to defeat the self-anointed greatest team in the land, Tottenham Hotspur, and did so whilst resting their two key forwards.

It was a performance that put to bed any suggestion they were wobbling and also keep their expensively assembled squad fresh as a daisy.

With that in mind you might think "well maybe we can scrape a draw". Unlikely.

The blues haven't drawn any of their 15 home fixtures this season and the saints have either won or lost their last 8 on the road.

Predictions

Merse: 3-1

I expect Chelsea to win this game and put severe pressure on Tottenham by going seven points clear again.

Lawro: ?-?

Allen: 3-1

3-0 Chelsea sound appropriate? Rather them win the title than Spurs anyway...

Jake: 3-0

Yeah I'm plumping for another 3-0 Chelsea win. Seriously hope I'm wrong!

Dan V: 3-1

Slightly more optimistic but no way our players will risk injury with the season over

Will: 2-1

I worry when we play a two man midfield containing Steven Davis. The return of Romeu will help but I'd rather see a more pragmatic approach against such a dominant side. The league cup defeats of Liverpool and Arsenal were achieved on the break.

George: 3-0