Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea: Blues Looking to Recover from Opening Day Shock
Chelsea may be the reigning Premier League Champions but Antonio Conte’s men suffered a surprise home defeat to Burnley on the opening day of the season and will be desperate to bounce back this weekend.
On Sunday, the Blues make the short trip to Wembley to face a Spurs side who pushed them for the title to some extent and the bookies are making Mauricio Pochettino’s side the favourites ahead of this fixture.
It’s a tight result market with odds against prices on all three outcomes. Spurs are the slight favourites at a best price of 11/10 with bet365 while the draw comes in at 13/5 with bet365 and BetFred. Victory for Chelsea rounds things off at best odds of 29/10 with MarathonBet so which way is this going to go?
Chelsea suffered a shock defeat last season, losing at home to Crystal Palace and we probably shouldn’t read too much into last weekend’s home loss to Burnley. Conte’s men will, however, have two men suspended for the game with Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas both seeing red while punters will remember that Tottenham won this game 2-0 last season.
We also have that added unpredictability that first games of the campaign always bring but overall, this looks like a potential draw between two evenly matched sides.
Individual Goal Scorers
Spurs players just edge the first goal scorer betting with Harry Kane the favourite to find the net first at a top price of 7/2 with Paddy Power and William Hill. Dele Alli follows with most bookies at best odds of 6/1 with bet365 while you can get that same 6/1 price on Alvaro Morata with BetBright and 188Bet.
Harry Kane traditionally starts slowly and the England man drew a blank last weekend. Alvaro Morata came off the bench to score for Chelsea last time out so he will probably start on Sunday and this is therefore a tough choice.
Alli at 28/13 with 888Sport or Morata at 113/50 with MarathonBet could both be good options in the anytime market and we’ll just edge towards the Chelsea man as our tip here. Other contenders for a goal in 90 minutes include Christian Eriksen at 7/2 with 32Red, Michy Batshuayi at 5/2 with BetFred and Willian at 41/10 with 888Sport.
Other Side Bets
Chelsea drew a blank when these teams met at White Hart Lane last season but they should have more joy in front of goal this time around. We also have this situation where Spurs are hosting at an unfamiliar Wembley Stadium – a ground where they performed badly in the Champions League last time out.
Taking all of those factors into account we will also be tipping Both Teams to Score which is on offer for Sunday afternoon at a best price of 3/4 with SunBets. It should be an open and entertaining afternoon and with some serious firepower in both camps, this looks one of the most likely betting options, and the price is a reasonable one.
If you agree with the theory that it will be a productive afternoon then the Total Goals betting will also be appealing. Chelsea and Burnley scored five goals between them last weekend while Spurs scored two against Newcastle without any reply.
For Sunday’s match, with an open afternoon with two attacking sides looking to mount an assault on the goal from the first whistle, you can play relatively safe and bet over the 2.5 goal line at 9/10 with Stan James but we would look to be braver at over 3.5 goals which drops in at a best price of 23/10 with 32Red.
At the same time, an outside punt on a 2-2 scoreline looks exceptional at a top price of 14/1 with bet365 or Winner Sports.
If you’re looking at either side to win it there is a choice of enhanced odds deals from around the sportsbooks but we think that two strong teams will come out of Sunday’s game with honours even.
- The Draw at 13/5 with bet365
- Alvaro Morata to score anytime at 113/50 with MarathonBet
- Both Teams to Score at 3/4 with SunBets