Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur: Blues Out to Put Jokes on Spurs in April Fool’s Day Clash
The Premier League returns this weekend following the recent international break, with the standout fixture coming from West London as Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon – kick-off: 16:00.
With just eight games remaining till the end of the league season, fifth placed Chelsea trail fourth placed Tottenham by five points in the race for the Champions League spots, which highlights how important this game is for Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte and his team. A win for Tottenham would almost certainly decide the top-four placings as Spurs, Liverpool and especially Manchester United would need an almost catastrophic collapse to let Chelsea back in.
The Blues ended a two game losing streak in their last Premier League outing with a hardly convincing 2-1 home win over Crystal Palace before the international break, while Tottenham are currently riding a 12-game unbeaten league run but will have to take on Chelsea without their leading striker, Harry Kane through injury.
Hosts Chelsea are the bookmakers favourites to claim the spoils in this fixture and continue the fight for the top four. The Blues can be backed at the best industry price at the time of writing of 16/11 with Unibet.
A Stamford Bridge stalemate is narrowly preferred to a Tottenham victory with most layers, with several firms including MarathonBet and 188Bet offering 12/5 on the Draw. Boylesports go top price on an away win for Mauricio Pochettino’s men at the standout odds of 9/4.
Of the last eight league meetings between the two clubs since 2009 in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge, Tottenham have yet to taste victory, with just three draws and five defeats within that timescale.
This game is difficult to call considering both teams have had hampered preparations due to the international break, but narrow preference is for Chelsea on home soil despite the current drifting in price. It is an absolute must win game for the Blues, and I think they’ll nick a tight-one.
Individual Goal Scorers
A trio of Chelsea forwards head the market for the First Goalscorer betting for Sunday’s game, with French striker, Olivier Giroud being a top-priced 5/1 chance with bet365. Belgian attacker Eden Hazard is closely behind the former Arsenal man at 11/2 with Black Type, while Alvaro Morata can be backed with bet365 at 11/2.
Tottenham’s leading hopes according to the bookmakers’ stem from Fernando Llorente and Son Heung-Min – who are both 7/1 shots with Sport Pesa. Spaniard, Llorente is far from a guaranteed starter for Spurs – even in Kane’s absence – so the Korean, Son, could be the better option of the pair.
Others of note include Willian at 15/2 (generally available), who has been in fine form for Chelsea recently. Danish midfield star Christian Eriksen is worthy of consideration at 11/1 with bet365, while Marcos Alonso who scored twice in the 2-1 win over Tottenham earlier in the season, is 14/1 – again with bet365 to notch first once more.
Other Side Bets
Both teams to score in this fixture is a tempting price of 5/6 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa. My enthusiasm is slightly tempered for this particular bet with the absence of Tottenham talisman Kane, but it is a likely winner nonetheless. For punters who believe that neither, or just one team will find the onion bag on Sunday, then the 21/20 from Ladbrokes or Coral should be taken.
Over/Under 2.5 Goals is one of the most even betting markets with Over 2.5 being a top price of 111/100 with MarathonBet, while the same firm go 17/20 on Under 2.5 goals. This bet is difficult to call, but once again the preference is for Over 2.5 at odds against.
Once again, we will stick in a Correct Score bet for this game, and our choice for this contest is a 2-1 home win for Chelsea. Bet365 are offering 9/1 for this full-time score line, but Sport Pesa account holders should use their accounts to take advantage of the 37/4 available.
This fixture is likely to be a very tense affair that will probably need an early goal to open up the game. I have a narrow preference for Chelsea here, but it wouldn’t be the most confident selection I’ve ever advised.
- Chelsea to Win the Match at 16/11 with Unibet
- Eden Hazard First Goalscorer at 11/2 with Black Type
- 2-1 Chelsea Full-Time Result at 37/4 with Sport Pesa