Tottenham v Chelsea Preview: Take a chance on the leaders continuing their winning run
Chelsea’s last trip to Tottenham was perhaps one of the most pivotal in Premier League history. That game ended 2-2, with the Blues fighting back from 2-0 down to scupper their London rivals’ already slim chances of overhauling Leicester City in the title race.
This time around it will be Spurs who are looking to spoil the party as Antonio Conte’s men not only come into this clash well clear of the chasing pack at the top of the table but also hunting down a record of their own. A victory here, priced at 7/4 (2.75) by Coral, would see them equal Arsenal’s tally of 14 consecutive Premier League wins.
In what looks an even game according to the bookmakers, Coral go 17/10 (2.70) about Mauricio Pochettino stopping the Blues in their tracks with a win. The draw, which could well prove popular given how tricky these two teams are to split in the betting, is a 23/10 (3.30) chance.
Perhaps the most impressive element of Chelsea’s incredible transformation has been the shift to a three-man defence and how tight they have become as a result. Having leaked just four times in their record-equalling run, there is bound to be some interest in backing the visitors to secure another shut out. Conte’s men are 4/1 (5.0) to keep Spurs at bay while extending their winning streak, elsewhere both teams to score is a 7/10 (1.70) chance.
Clearly the odds compilers believe that the home side have the weapons to unlock what 10 teams in Chelsea’s previous 13 matches have failed to do and while Pochettino’s side come into this match off the back of a four-game winning run, the quality of opposition (Hull, Burnley, Southampton and Watford) doesn’t mean they’re a sure bet to get on the score sheet.
That despite the considerable talents of Harry Kane, who regularly thrives in these all-London affairs. He’s 6/4 (2.50) to score anytime with Coral. Meanwhile, Diego Costa leads that particular market at 6/5 (2.20) after making a scoring return to the side following his suspension against Bournemouth.
The best bet though, could be taking the Draw No Bet insurance on a Chelsea victory. This means that if the match finishes all square then your stake will be returned while still offering tasty enough odds of 19/20 (1.95) on the away victory. With the Blues in such good form, it is rare that the price offered will allow punters to expect nearly a 100% return on their money should they collect three points, plus, have the safety net of the draw meaning a push.
Whether or not Conte’s defence is strong enough to withstand the home sides’ advances remains to be seen but the chance to back them at 19/20 (1.95) on a Draw no Bet basis certainly makes plenty of appeal. The away side have had an extra day to prepare for this clash and that could prove crucial in what has been a frantic festive period for most top flight sides.