Chelsea v Tottenham Betting Preview:
Undoubtedly the game of the Premier League weekend looks to be the London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening. Antonio Conte’s men come into this gameweek top of the table after really finding their stride under the Italian boss of late.
The Blues are the odds on favourites at 8/11 (1.73) with SkyBet to record what would be their seventh straight win in this competition, a run that is made even more impressive when you consider each of those victories has come with a clean sheet. The last time Chelsea conceded a Premier League goal was back on 24th October when a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Arsenal forced Conte into a formation change.
That 3-4-3 has worked wonders and Spurs will have to be at their best to take anything from a stadium where they haven’t won in 25 years. The online bookmakers are 18/5 (4.60) that Mauricio Pochettino’s side will win and buck that trend and snap the hosts’ winning streak. A draw is 14/5 (3.80) with the same firm.
The Argentinian boss drew criticism for his midweek team selection as Spurs crashed out of the Champions League after just five matches of the group stage. The odds suggest it’s an uphill task to even start to vindicate that decision by taking anything from this encounter and it’s Chelsea who look the side to be with in the markets in some capacity.
While the order of the day has been low-scoring wins on the road for Chelsea, at home they’ve flexed their attacking muscle, hitting 5 against Everton, 4 when hosting Manchester United and 3 when Leicester City visited south-west London. It’s just 8/11 (1.73) that we see another game with at least three goals here and Even money (2.0) on no more than two being netted during the 90 minutes.
One man who could contribute to any potential tally is Harry Kane. Back from injury, the England international will be looking to extend his impressive scoring record in London derbies where he has 17 goals in 16 games. SkyBet go 15/2 (8.50) that Kane breaks the deadlock and 15/8 (2.88) that the Spurs front man nets at anytime.
The home team have had a week to prepare due to no European football and another win to nil is priced at 21/10 (3.10). Those odds are actually drifting from the initial quotes, perhaps due to Tottenham resting a couple of first string players against Monaco but the visitors have an uphill task on their hands to leave Stamford Bridge with even a share of the spoils.
The best wager though, could come in the form of Chelsea to win and over 2.5 goals at 6/4 (2.50) with SkyBet.
Spurs are capable of snapping this brilliant defensive streak of their London rivals so it could pay to take a shorter price than the win to nil option. That said, Conte’s side are capable of covering this line on their own if the visitors aren’t on their game. It’s landed in each of six of the Blues’ seven home games in all competitions this season and looks a good option again ahead of Saturday night’s clash.