Chelsea v Spurs: Battle of the Bridge

chelseaIt’s a case of ‘so far so good’ for Tottenham as we enter a run of games against some of the top sides. The fixture list had handed us Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Leicester City as five of our next six opponents and, while we’ve come through the first match with all three points, it’s just a start.

Next up are Frank Lampard’s Chelsea who are just two points behind us and, with home advantage, the Blues are narrow favourites for this Sunday 4.30pm kick off.

Team News

The only certain absentee ahead of Sunday’s game is Toby Alderweireld who went off early during last week’s win over Manchester City. There is no further update on Jose Mourinho’s ‘bad’ diagnosis but the Belgian is set to be out for some time and that leaves us looking a little thin at centre back.

Matt Doherty has been out following a positive Coronavirus test while on international duty but he could return, as could Erik Lamela who has been nursing what was thought to be a minor foot injury. The manager will doubtless update us during his pre-match press conference but this is what we know so far.

Match Odds

Odds against prices exist for all three possible outcomes so this is a game where the neutral bettors may have a focus this weekend. The home win starts things off at best industry odds of 11/10 with BetFred and GentingBet while the draw is the next option on the list at 28/11 with SportNation and SportPesa. Rounding the result betting off is victory for Spurs at a top price of 11/4 with Unibet.

We’re all well aware that Tottenham are in a strong run of form and are unbeaten in the league since that defeat to Everton on the opening day. It may not, however, be a good time to be playing Chelsea who have won their last four games in all competitions while conceding just twice.

This should be a more resilient side and Jose Mourinho will be keen to show that we can compete with the top four clubs. This difficult run started well with Saturday’s 2-0 win and we should be optimistic, if not exactly confident, of taking a point from Stamford Bridge at the very least.

Side Markets

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

In the first goalscorer betting, Harry Kane has been edged out of the favourite’s berth as Chelsea’s Timo Werner starts things off at best odds of 23/5 with Unibet and 888Sport. The same two bookmakers have Kane and Tammy Abraham listed at a top price of 5/1 while Olivier Giroud is slightly further back at 53/10 with VBet.

Other options from within the Spurs squad include Carlos Vinicius at 6/1 with BetFred, Son Heung-Min at 13/2 with 888Sport, Gareth Bale at 15/2 with BetFred and Lucas Moura at 10/1 with GentingBet.

Tottenham kept another clean sheet in Thursday’s win over Ludogorets and our favoured Both Teams to Score bet failed to land for the third game in succession. For Sunday, BTTS remains short and it can be claimed at best odds of 4/6 with SportNation and RedZone.

In the Total Goals betting, numbers remain short with the top price for Over 2.5 currently standing at 4/5 with SportNation and RedZone once again. Pushing that number Over the 3.5 line would return a best of 2/1 with the same two bookmakers.

As for the Correct Score betting, there shouldn’t be too much in this game and a relatively high scoring draw might be the preferred pick for neutrals. A 2-2 final scoreline is available for Sunday at best odds of 14/1 with BetFred. Those looking to back a positive result can find a 2-1 win for Spurs listed at 12/1 with SportNation while the same outcome in favour of Chelsea can be found at 8/1 with GentingBet.

Last Season

Thankfully, we no longer have to talk about Gary Lineker, Paul Walsh and the team of the late 1980s when we go looking for our most recent win at Stamford Bridge. That particular ghost was laid to rest in April 2018 when a long range strike from Christian Eriksen and a brace from Dele Alli secured a 3-1 victory.

However, Chelsea have maintained the upper hand in this fixture and their run includes last season’s 2-1 home win on February 22nd.

Our consolation came via an Anthony Rudiger own goal in the 87th minute and, overall, the game was a forgettable one. The best thing to do, therefore is to forget and move on – sorry for mentioning it.

Verdict

tottenhamWhile few of us are ever confident going into a game, there are reasons why we should be relatively optimistic, even when taking on a top four club away from home. We’re on a fine run of form and comfortably picked off Manchester City last time out, even if the visitors wasted a few chances to get back into that match.

The issue this week is that Chelsea are on a much better run with that set of five straight wins. Individual players are finding form and the new signings, Timo Werner included, have settled in quickly. It should be a much tougher 90 minutes than last Saturday but we should be hopeful of coming back from Stamford Bridge with at least a point.

As we mentioned, Both Teams to Score hasn’t landed for a while now but it looks more likely with Chelsea at home and firing. BTTS is our first pick while we’re also looking for Son Heung-Min to continue his fine run in front of goal. Finally, we’ll round off with a one-goal winning margin bet: It’s a bit of a hedge to take this on either team but we’ll just hope it’s Spurs coming away with the points.

Best Bets

  • Son Heung-Min to score at any time in 90 minutes at 9/4 with Betway
  • Both Teams to Score at 4/6 with SportNation
  • Winning Margin of one goal on either side at 7/5 with Betway

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