Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea: Londoners Clash in Battle to keep with Premier League Pacesetters
The Premier League returns this weekend following the recent international break, with the standout fixture being Tottenham Hotspur hosting Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening – kick-off: 17:30.
After twelve games of the league season in the record books, fourth-placed Spurs (27 points) trail third-placed Chelsea by one point in the early race for the title. League leaders Manchester City sit on 32 points so far, and a defeat for either team in this game could potentially be a significant loss in the race for Premier League honours.
Both teams return to domestic action in good recent form before the International impasse, with Spurs having recorded two away wins on the bounce against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace respectively, while Chelsea were last seen in a home goalless draw with Everton, but Mauricio Sarri’s side had two comfortable victories over Burnley and Crystal Palace beforehand.
It is often a difficult task to predict any Premier League game following the International break, but here below, we will try and point our readers towards some value bets for this hugely important fixture.
Visitors Chelsea, are the bookmakers narrow favourites to claim the spoils in this fixture and continue the fight towards the top two. The Blues can be backed at the best industry price at the time of writing of 8/5 with William Hill and Black Type.
A home victory for Tottenham is just behind in the Match Betting odds with most firms being just one fraction stronger on Mauricio Pochettino’s side. Unibet however, are best price on the Lilywhites at 9/5 at the time of writing, to leapfrog their London rivals in the Premier League table on Saturday night.
Unibet are also best price on the Draw, at the standout odds of 28/11.
Of the last eight league meetings between the two clubs since 2010 in the Premier League at Tottenham’s home venue, be it White Hart Lane or Wembley, four results have ended in stalemate, which could be the play in this game once more.
This game is hugely difficult to call considering both teams have had hampered preparations due to the international break and a narrow preference is for the Draw. One point each is hardly ideal for either side with Manchester City and Liverpool trailblazing ahead at the top of the standings, but both teams may be happy to settle for one point at the end of a tough fixture.
Individual Goal Scorers
Fresh from leading England to Nations’ Cup glory over Croatia last Sunday, Three Lions captain, Harry Kane is the bookmakers’ favourite to be the First Goalscorer in Saturday’s clash. The 25-year-old is best priced with 888Sport and Unibet at 15/4 to break the deadlock. Kane’s confidence will obviously be sky-high after leading England to the final four of the new international tournament, and his price does seem reasonable here.
Belgian attacker Eden Hazard is closely behind the Spurs man at 11/2 with Black Type, while fellow Chelsea forwards, Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud can be backed at the best prices of 13/2 and 15/2 with 10Bet (Morata) and SportingBet (Giroud) respectively.
Tottenham’s other leading scoring hopes according to the bookmakers stem from Son Heung-Min and Brazilian attacker Lucas Moura – who are both generally available as 8/1 shots with several layers.
Others of note include Spanish attacker, Pedro at 9/1 (generally available), who has been in fine form for Chelsea recently. Danish midfield star Christian Eriksen is worthy of consideration at 10/1 – also widely available, while Marcos Alonso who scored twice in the 2-1 win over Tottenham at Wembley last season, is 18/1 with Ladbrokes and William Hill to notch first once again.
Other Side Bets
Both teams to score in this fixture is a short, if still tempting price of 8/13 with 10Bet and SportPesa. My enthusiasm is enhanced for this particular bet considering the multitude of attacking talent on both sides of the pitch, in what leads me to believe it is a likely winner. For punters who think that neither, or just one team will find the onion bag on Sunday, then Ladbrokes and Coral’s offer of 7/5 should be taken.
The Over / Under 2.5 Goals is one of the most interesting betting markets of the game in my view with Over 2.5 being priced at 7/10 with Black Type and Betway, while 188Bet go 19/16 on Under 2.5 goals. This bet is difficult to call, but my preference in this instance is for Under 2.5 Goals at odds against.
Once again, we will stick in a Correct Score bet for this game, and our choice for this contest is a 1-1 stalemate between two top-class teams. This particular outcome is the market favourite Correct Score line, but at the generally available odds of 6/1 with the likes of Ladbrokes and Coral, it could prove to be a rather profitable wager indeed.
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 the Draw here, but it wouldn’t be the most confident selection I’ve ever advised in what promises to be a high-octane contest.
- Harry Kane to be First Goalscorer at 15/4 with Unibet
- Under 2.5 Goals in the Match at 19/16 with 188Bet
- Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Chelsea Correct Score bet at 6/1 Ladbrokes.