Alli double helps Tottenham snap Chelsea jinx

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The result means Antonio Conte's side are now eight points behind fourth-place Spurs with just seven league games remaining, but Alli does not think the race for the Champions League places has been settled.

England striker Kane has surprisingly recovered from an ankle injury sustained in the 4-1 win over Bournemouth prior to the global break, although he is not in the starting line-up.

'It's hard now to say yes or no to be involved in the game'.

But a superb Christian Eriksen strike in first-half injury-time drew Spurs level and Dele Alli's second-half double earned the visitors a first win at Stamford Bridge in 28 years.

Chelsea's chances of securing a top four finish in the Premier League suffered another setback as visiting Tottenham ran away with a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

"It's a massive game".

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has also put Alderweireld under pressure this week as he warned if the 29-year-old does not get more game time, his place at Russian Federation will be at stake. That is not what counts.

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While Tottenham have had many players hitting peak form lately, Eriksen continues to be the player who pulls the strings which makes them effective. Chelsea will be looking to take advantage of Kane's unavailability and register a win to cut down the gap between themselves and Tottenham.

"But for sure it will be a very tough game".

All eyes will be on the two team's respective magicians for the spark which can propel them towards victory.

The team news isn't positive either: Thibaut Courtois missed both of Belgium's game and is a major doubt here, while Andreas Christensen, one of the revelations of the season, may also miss out.

Defender David Luiz (knee) is definitely out, along with midfielder Ross Barkley who is set to feature for the club's Under-23 side.

Tottenham are without Harry Winks due to an ankle problem. Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 27 home league matches against Spurs (W18 D9) since losing 2-1 in February 1990.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted he always trusted Dele Alli's talent despite the England international's struggles to meet his high standards this season.

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