Chelsea v Tottenham Betting Tips and Preview
While Liverpool and Man City continue to pull away, Chelsea and Tottenham face each other looking to regain their places in the top 4. Chelsea are back in Premier League action for the first time in over 2 weeks, after being knocked out of both domestic competitions. Spurs haven’t had that to worry about, but after their performance at the weekend, their title dream might be over for another year. Regardless of the circumstances, this match is always one to look forward to with plenty of goals, passion and excitement for 90 minutes.
Chelsea - 5/4* To Win
Chelsea’s Premier League Form
Last Time Out For Chelsea
Chelsea haven’t actually played in the Premier League since their 6-0 loss at Manchester City, playing in the Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup since then. Their last match was that Carabao Cup final that was overshadowed by Kepa Arrizabalaga’s incredible refusal to leave the field. The Spaniard’s stubbornness points towards a set of players that has lost all respect for their manager, and Sarri’s team choice against Tottenham will likely give us a view into his future. Will he stand his ground and drop Kepa, or will he be as spineless as he was on Sunday and let his players walk all over him again? The incident has sadly overshadowed what was an impressive performance from Chelsea. Eden Hazard in particular proved why he is one of the best players in the league. If Chelsea can replicate this performance against Spurs, then the 3 points will be staying at Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham Hotspur - 9/4* To Win
Tottenham’s Premier League Form
Last Time Out For Tottenham
After talks about a potential title challenge last week, it was typical of Tottenham to go and lose their next game to a bottom half side. In a dull first half, Ashley Barnes came closest with an effort from the corner of the box. The match improved in the second half and Harry Kane started to show flashes of being back to his best. Despite Tottenham improving, Burnley scored the first goal, but not without controversy. A corner was given to Burnley after Jan Vertonghen and Jeff Hendrick challenged a ball, although replays show it could have been given as a goal kick. Chris Wood scored from the corner as Mauricio Pochettino felt his side has been cheated. Harry Kane equalised minutes later after his return from injury, but a late goal from Ashley Barnes gave Burnley all 3 points. The only positive that Spurs can take from the game is that Harry Kane doesn't look to have been fazed by his injury and can now lead the line again.
Where’s the value?
One area that Chelsea has excelled in this season is their average possession and their defensive prowess. They have only conceded 29 goals, with 6 of them coming in their last match, and have averaged 61% possession, second behind only Manchester City. As Chelsea don’t allow their opposition to get the ball, and with a steady back line, they don’t concede chances or corners, which is what we will be looking at today. On average this season, Chelsea have been awarded 5.5 corners per game, and conceded just under 4. In short, Chelsea get corners without really conceding them. That’s why we are tipping Chelsea to win the ‘Race to 7 Corners’ in what should be an open game with Chelsea getting plenty of chances.
Bet UK’s Headline Betting Tip
Both teams had weekends to forget and although we should look forward to an exciting match, I don’t think there will be much to seperate the sides.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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