When Chelsea host Tottenham, it will be the 20th time the clubs have clashed since 2010 – and their 52nd Premier League meeting. As ever, a fiercely competitive London derby can be expected, with the added tension both sides are positioned to claim the fourth Champions League qualifying position.
Having crashed out of the Champions League against Barcelona, Chelsea need to string together a strong end to the domestic season – and the stats point to them doing so against Tottenham. Read on for a full breakdown of the top betting odds for this Premier League clash as well as some expert tips on approaching the market.
During the run of the last 19 games, Chelsea have won nine and Tottenham three, with the remaining seven ending in draws. At home, Chelsea have won six, lost none and drawn three. The last time Chelsea lost to Spurs at home was on February 24, 2008, losing 2-1 in the League Cup.
In the Premier League, Chelsea have never lost to Tottenham at home. You have to go back to the old First Division in February 1990, when Tottenham last had the sweet feeling at the Bridge. Can Spurs, at odds of 11/5 with top online bookies, finally break one of the Premier League's most remarkable statistics?
Many neutral football betting fans will look at the team's Premier League form and feel the side have a real chance to break the 'Chelsea curse'. Since a 4-1 defeat away to rampant Manchester City back in December, Tottenham have strung together impressive results, remaining unbeaten.
They won nione during that stretch, drawing three – including a 2-2 draw away to Liverpool. If Spurs make it to the end of the season maintaining their undefeated status, it would rival Manchester City's imperious start to the season – who of course, did eventually have their bubble burst (albeit very temporarily).
If there's one criticism and frustration for Tottenham supporters – and the Club themselves in recent years – it's the hint of them not fulfilling their potential, letting those backing the side down at crucial moments. In reality, it's probably a sign of the club building a squad with the experience to see it through when it comes to winning the Premier League or even the Champions League.
But too many times the side have fallen from winning positions. It happened recently, when agonisingly losing to Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League (as we predicted) – a tie that most pundits agree they 'gave away' from a winning position. As for Chelsea, their under-pressure season has seen them grind their way to the FA Cup semi-final and hang on to the chance of nicking fourth place in the League.
But they may appeal at odds of 5/4 with Ladbrokes to beat Tottenham and continue their streak. Detractors ahead of the Tottenham game will point to their league form not being a patch on Spurs', having lost three, drawn four and won five since mid-December. The side already have the upper-hand against Spurs this season.
Chealsea won by a single goal back in August, while a 1-0 win against Man United in November and 1-1 away to Liverpool the same month display solid performances against the top sides. Two 1-0 losses to Man City suggest they lack the edge this season, but they're more than capable of putting in big performances.
Now's the time for Chelsea stars like Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata to dig deep and finish the season with a run of form that could see them leapfrog Tottenham into the prized fourth place spot. For that to happen, it has to start in this game, which makes Chelsea an appealing bet to overcome their season-long injury woes.
Tottenham sit on 61 points in the table, leading Chelsea who have 56. While a draw would be satisfactory for Tottenham, a win would leave Chelsea needing a minor miracle to catch Spurs. Chelsea didn't exactly try to attack Barcelona in the pursuit of goals in the Champions League Round of 16, when trailing 0-1 from the first leg.
But they can be expected to go for them against Spurs and create an open game. If the last half a dozen clashes between the powerhouse EPL clubs are anything to go by, the statistics also point to an affinity for plenty of rippling nets; six of the last 10 games have seen 2.5 or more goals so expect a shootout in this one.
London derbies between Chelsea and Tottenham are notoriously competitive, almost matching Spurs' rivalry with north London rivals Arsenal. And this time around, the fight for a Champions League spot is guaranteed to fan the flames. If this tempts you, log on to Paddy Power where you can bet on Chelsea at 13/10 to beat Tottenham.
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