Jermaine Jenas delivers verdict on Tottenham/Chelsea title run-in, this side has it tough
By Danny Wright
Jermaine Jenas believes that Tottenham have a much harder run-in than Chelsea in the closing stages of the Premier League season.
With six games to play, Spurs are four points behind their London rivals following a weekend of dramatic action.
Chelsea suffered a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday after Tottenham cranked up the pressure with a big 4-0 win against Bournemouth.
Jenas, a former Spurs player, is wary of the away fixtures that Mauricio Pochettino and his men must contend with, despite being in stunning form after seven straight wins.
Four of Tottenham’s final games are away from home, while their final two fixtures at White Hart Lane are against bitter rivals Arsenal and Man United.
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“I suppose what’s very different to Chelsea’s games left is that all those teams there have all got something to play for,” said Jenas on BBC Match of the Day 3. “They can make it very difficult for Spurs.
“I’m just thinking in terms of the north London derby, that’s up in the air. When you’re talking about derbies anything can happen as it’s proved over the years.
“West Ham away doesn’t worry me too much. It will be a lively game and West Ham will be right up for it. The form West Ham are in, the ground I think will suit Spurs. That’s not one of the games I’m thinking ‘there’s trouble there’.
“Even Palace away next week. All of a sudden Palace are hitting form.”
Most of Chelsea’s fixtures see them take on teams that are either fighting to stay in the division or have already secured mid-table positions.
Antonio Conte will see his side finish the season with a home double-header against Watford and basement-boys Sunderland.
All of this, of course, takes place after Tottenham and Chelsea come to blows in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.
Jenas, 34, made 200 appearances for Spurs during his eight-year spell at the club.
He retired from the game in 2014 following a brief spell with QPR.
The ex-England international also turned out for Aston Villa, Newcastle and Nottingham Forest during his career.
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