Spurs vs Chelsea: Looking for a Lift after a Grim Week

tottenhamIt’s been a week to forget for long-suffering Spurs fans who have just witnessed what must have been the worst performance since the last time we played Brighton away. Last season’s 3-0 loss to the Seagulls was followed by what could have been seen as an improvement as we went down by the solitary goal on Sunday.

Toothless and, according to the manager, lacking in confidence, these aren’t good qualities to possess as we wait for the visit of Chelsea on Thursday night. It’s a low point admittedly but we’re still fighting on four fronts so let’s see if we can expect anything from this 8pm kick off.

Team News

At the time of writing there is still no confirmed return date for Harry Kane. There’s plenty of speculation with six weeks being a common prognosis but all we really know for certain is that our main striker will not be lining up against Chelsea.

Elsewhere, there are no updates on Sergio Reguilon, Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli but it looks likely that all three will also be unavailable. The manager’s press conference will confirm but that’s all we have right now.

Match Odds

There are odds against prices on all three possible outcomes but it’s Chelsea who start as favourites for the win at 7/6 with VBet. The draw is the next option on the list at best odds of 5/2 with Unibet while the same bookmaker has quoted 13/5 on a home win.

Our form had been strong prior to those two defeats but the lack of confidence allegation might be the bigger concern. Potentially, the loss of Harry Kane leaves the rest of the squad to wonder where the goals and assists are coming from and that means that other players have to step up.

Chelsea’s dour 0-0 draw against Wolves suggests that this might not be a great game for the neutrals and the visitors are starting to find their feet under a new manager. It all depends on how we respond and whether we can lift ourselves against a side who are strong, but not exactly invincible.

Side Markets

The continuing absence of Harry Kane has opened up the first goalscorer markets with Chelsea players now leading the way here. Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham are the current joint favourites: Giroud is available at best odds of 5/1 with BetFred while Abraham is on offer at that same top price of 5/1 with Unibet.

Son Heung-Min is the first of the Spurs players at a best of 6/1 with Unibet while Carlos Vinicius follows at a top price of 13/2 with Unibet once again. Other options for those representing Tottenham include Gareth Bale at best odds of 9/1 with Unibet, plus Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura who are both listed at a top price of 23/2 with Unibet yet again.

Son Heung-Min

Son Heung-Min

If we disregard FA Cup matches, neither side has exactly been prolific in front of goal in recent games. Both Teams to Score could, therefore, hold some value no matter which of the two options you take. Voting ‘yes’ on BTTS will currently attract odds of 4/5 with SportNation and GentingBet while taking the ‘no’ route leads to 21/20 with 888Sport and Unibet.

Similarly, a low scoring match could also lead to some reasonable returns in the Total Goals betting. Staking over the 2.5 line will currently attract odds of 39/40 with VBet while a push to over 3.5 lifts it to 47/20 with Unibet.

We’re interested in Under 2.5 and, while we had hoped it might head above Even Money, best odds of 10/11 with BetFred aren’t the worst.

That just leaves us with our usual look at the correct score betting and we don’t think there’s going to be much in it. A 1-0 home win is listed for this game at 9/1 with Betway while the same outcome in favour of the visitors is quoted at 7/1 with BetFred. Alternatively, a 1-1 draw can be claimed at 11/2 with BetFred and 888Sport.

Last Season

The corresponding fixture in 2019/20 couldn’t have gone much worse with ‘fan favourite’ Willian scoring twice in a 2-0 victory. Tottenham also had Son Heung-Min sent off just after the hour in another forgettable ninety minutes.

Swiftly moving on, our head to head record has improved in recent years and our last home game against the Blues saw us progress in the Carabao Cup. OK so it needed penalties to decide it but it was still a sweet moment. For our most recent home win in the Premier League, we have to go back to November 2018 when goals from Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min secured a 3-1 victory.

3-1 may be a little too much to hope for but a scrappy victory would be more than welcome right now.

Verdict

chelseaHonestly, we do try to stay positive and the last thing we want is to come across as another moaning Spurs blog but this team isn’t making it easy. Watching the last two games has been torture and we would be quite grateful if the live cameras would give us a miss from time to time.

As for Thursday night, maybe the team will surprise us and pick up a positive result at the end of 90 minutes. We’ll avoid tipping the result as per usual and look instead to the prop markets. Based on a theory that it will be a low scoring game we will bet ‘no’ on Both Teams to Score and we’ll also aim for Under 2.5 goals.

Instead of an individual goal scorer suggestion, we’ll finish off with a semi-regular bet on either side to win by a single goal. Hopefully it’s our time to squeeze over the line by whatever means.

Best Bets

  • Both Teams to Score: Bet ‘no’ at 21/20 with 888Sport
  • Under 2.5 goals at 10/11 with BetFred
  • Winning Margin of one goal on either side at 13/10 with Unibet

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