Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur

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Saturday, February 22, 2020


Stamford Bridge

Punter's Pick

Chelsea host Tottenham in a proverbial six-pointer which could have a huge impact on the race for the final Champions League places. Chelsea currently sit in fourth just one point ahead of their opponents with Sheffield United and Manchester United in hot pursuit. The game also has an extra edge as Frank Lampard squares off against his former manager Jose Mourinho. Can the apprentice overcome the master in this huge clash?

Chelsea have been stuttering of late having not won a league game in their last four outings. A 1-0 away loss at Newcastle was followed by 2-2 draws against both Arsenal and Leicester before being outwitted by Manchester United. Frank Lampard will be concerned at his teams form against some of the top teams as they struggled against Arsenal who played over 75 minutes with ten men and then against United who set up to absorb pressure and executed their counter-attacks perfectly. Two headed goals from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire secured United the points and without Tammy Abraham the Blues have struggled to get in behind their opponents. The ongoing preference of Michy Batshuayi over Olivier Giroud has also been an issue but the Frenchman had more of an impact when he came on and had a goal denied for offside. Lampard may need to change direction and go more direct with the Frenchman as the side are struggling to create chances in their current setup.

Tottenham had their run of seven competitive games without defeat broken by RB Leipzig who beat them in the Champions League. The injury to Heung-min Son had a devastating effect on the team as Mourinho set up to play on the counter and almost willingly conceded possession throughout the game. Despite their efforts, Leipzig’s dominance finally led to the breakthrough with Timo Werner netting a penalty to give the Germans a huge away goal and home advantage next time out. The tactics of Mourinho have been questioned and it remains to be seen how he sets up for the remainder of the season. Given their lack of desire to press and take the game to their opponents teams will certainly fancy a game against Tottenham in the coming weeks.

In team news Chelsea will be sweating on the fitness of Tammy Abraham who may be part of the matchday squad but unlikely to start from the off. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also nearing a return but is unlikely to be risked in such a big game given the length of his lay off. N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic are both out for the Blues.

Tottenham are likely to be without Heung-min Son for the remainder of the season after the South Korean broke his arm. He joins Harry Kane on the treatment table depriving Spurs of their two biggest sources of goals. Moussa Sissoko also remains out for Spurs but they will be hoping for Erik Lamela to be available soon.

Both teams have struggled in recent times with their performances being underpar given the quality of their squads. Both come into this game on the back of big game losses and with injuries to key personnel. However we feel that Chelsea have the edge going into this one given the way Tottenham setup and played against RB Leipzig. The Lilywhites seemed to have run out of ideas and struggled to get out of their own half for large periods of the game. The injury to Heung-min Son alongside Harry Kane has taken a lot of goals out of the team and Chelsea should be able to make home advantage count. Bet365 currently have the Blues priced at 8/11 for the win and we feel this should be backed. Under 2.5 goals is also priced at evens and this looks a good shout given that this is likely to be a tight affair with neither team wanting to lose as priority.

Punter's Pick

Chelsea host Tottenham in a proverbial six-pointer which could have a huge impact on the race for the final Champions League places. Chelsea currently sit in fourth just one point ahead of their opponents with Sheffield United and Manchester United in hot pursuit. The game also has an extra edge as Frank Lampard squares off against his former manager Jose Mourinho. Can the apprentice overcome the master in this huge clash?

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