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Ray Wilkins believes Chelsea must beat both Tottenham and Liverpool to have any hope of securing a top-four finish

Ray Wilkins believes Chelsea hold the advantage over Tottenham due to Harry Kane's absence, ahead of Sunday's clash.

Chelsea are fifth in the Premier League table, five points behind fourth-place Tottenham, ahead of the London derby at Stamford Bridge, live on Super Sunday.

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Spurs striker Kane is expected to miss the match with an ankle injury and Wilkins thinks his absence may play a crucial part in the result.

"It's a must-win against Tottenham on Sunday, absolute must-win. Tottenham are without Harry Kane, which gives Chelsea the edge," said Wilkins.

"Tottenham are in good form; I think Chelsea playing against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge will have the upper hand."

 during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC at Camp Nou on March 14, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.
Image: Antonio Conte's side are five points off the top four

Former Chelsea midfielder Wilkins believes the Blues should look to dominate the midfield.

"We have got to be on the front foot. We have to make sure Tottenham suffer. Therefore, I would play Kante and Fabregas in midfield," he said.

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When asked if Chelsea could still secure a top-four finish if they were held to a draw, Wilkins said: "No, I don't think there is. I think the gap's too big. The only salvation is the semi-final of the FA Cup, of course."

 during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at Vitality Stadium on March 11, 2018 in Bournemouth, England.
Image: Harry Kane is expected to miss the trip to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea will face another stern test in their pursuit of Champions League qualification on May 5, when they face Liverpool in their penultimate game of the season.

Jurgen Klopp's side are third, seven points ahead of Chelsea, and Wilkins believes his former team will also need to beat the Reds in order to secure a top-four spot.

"Chelsea have to win. They have to beat Tottenham, they also have to beat Liverpool and hope that results in the future go their way," he said.

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