We have fourth clashing with third on Saturday teatime, with Tottenham Hotspur hoping to not only win this London derby but also leapfrog their archrivals and cement their credentials for a top four place in the Premier League this season.
It’s a measure of how far Spurs have come when they are being criticised for some performances despite a return of twenty-seven points from twelve games and it should be noted that eight of their matches have taken place on the road, with BetVictor offering 7/4 that they claim a maximum haul at Wembley.
The national stadium was a happy hunting ground for Harry Kane who scored the winning England goal against Croatia last weekend, with the Tottenham forward among the favourites at 15/4 (Unibet) to score the opening goal of this encounter and get the majority of the supporters in the ground off their feet.
If they do this, it will be the first time that Chelsea have suffered defeat in the top flight this season, with Maurizio Sarri’s team now twelve games and counting without suffering a defeat although they have played a lop-sided number of games at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea Rightful Favourites
William Hill offer 8/5 about the visitors claiming victory in this encounter and they will certainly be going for the win, with Eden Hazard back up to speed after spending some time on the sidelines with a back injury. The Belgian is fairly easy to back to break the deadlock at 11/2 (Paddy Power) and he often seems to rise to the big occasion.
It’s definitely a match where neither manager will want to contemplate a defeat and there could be some sluggishness from the teams considering the majority of their key personnel have been plying their trade internationally in recent days.
BetVictor have a standout 5/2 that this one ends all square and perhaps something like a 1-1 draw will occur considering that both teams have strong defences who will be afraid of conceding the game’s first goal. This scoreline can be backed at 6/1 with Bet365 and it’s hard to see either team running away with a victory here.
Blues in Excellent Form
Chelsea’s away form has been fairly breathtaking thus far in the sense that they have only shipped one goal in five away games and a Blues win to nil has occurred in 60% of their matches on the road, with Ladbrokes having 4/1 that they triumph and shut their opponents out.
It has been noticeable how advanced a position that is being taken up by Marcos Alonso and the Spaniard has previous in this fixture after scoring twice when the sides met last season. Once again, it’s BetVictor who have a best price 19/1 about him on the First Scorer sheet and these odds don’t accurately reflect his chances of scoring first.
For those wanting to side with the unbeaten Chelsea team but requiring a bit of insurance, the visitors are 11/13 with Unibet on the Draw No Bet market which means money back in the instance of a draw. Tottenham are slightly bigger at evens with the same bookmaker and they recently pushed Manchester City very close at Wembley.