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Premier League Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Stamford Bridge

Punter's Pick

It is likely to be a fiery occasion at Stamford Bridge and we feel that the cards market could really be in play in this game. Bet365 are offering 4/5 on over 4.5 cards, and with the amount of pace and attacking talent on display, it is likely that this market will come in. Over 2.5 goals at 4/5 is also being offered by the same bookmaker, and with this materialising in all but one of their last six meetings, could provide great value for a game of this magnitude.

Chelsea and Tottenham go head to head in a big London derby, which will be an intriguing affair given the extraordinary scenes we saw from both teams after their respective losses on the weekend. Chelsea fans will be eager to see how Sarri reacts after seemingly being ignored by his goalkeeper in the EFL cup final and Spurs fans will be looking for a reaction from their team after Pochettino conceded that their title hopes were over. However, both still have the small matter of ensuring they finish in the Champions League places, so the game takes on added significance and this one could boil over as emotions remain raw after the weekend.

Whether Maurizio Sarri starts with record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga will be the key point of fascination on Wednesday night. After the young Spaniard appeared to refuse being substituted in the Carabao Cup Final, Sarri was left seething on the touchline and appeared to walk down the tunnel before doing a u-turn. The Italian’s position was already under scrutiny and Arrizabalaga’s actions in undermining his manager may have been the last straw. The ongoing use of Jorginho in central midfield has also been a sticking point for many fans and whether he starts after his awful penalty miss will also be closely monitored.

Spurs on the other hand seemed to have conceded any lingering hopes of winning the title after they were beaten 2-1 away at Burnley. Despite the return of Harry Kane, Spurs could not quite push on to get the victory after drawing level after Chris Wood had given Burnley the lead. What will disappoint Pochettino the most was how Burnley seemed to outfight and hustle Spurs at times, culminating in an 83rd minute Ashley Barnes winner. After the final whistle, Pochettino seemed to have lost his cool in sounding off at the referee, but later admitted that he was disappointed also at his teams performance and the realisation that Spurs’ title bid was over for another year.

The teams have met three times this season already and Spurs have enjoyed more success over their London rivals. A stunning 3-1 win earlier in the season was followed up by a 1-0 win in the League Cup. However, Chelsea managed to win the second leg 2-1 courtesy of goals from Kante and Hazard which lead them to the cup final against Manchester City on the weekend. Last season the honours were also even with each side having won one game each, so picking this one is a difficult one.

The team news and tactics deployed for this fixture will be particularly interesting as Kepa’s inclusion is the burning question on everyone’s mind. Will he back his and Kepa’s post-match comments that the whole substitution fiasco was a misunderstanding and start with the Spaniard, or finally show everyone who is boss and go with Willy Caballero. The Jorginho debate has also raged on and with many fans seemingly booing their playmaker, Sarri could be forced in to playing N’Golo Kante in his more preferred defensive midfield position. Sarri will be buoyed by the performance of his team who played much better than in their 6-0 mauling at the hands of City, with Eden Hazard impressing in the false nine role. Whether this is Sarri’s preferred method again or if Gonzalo Higuain comes back in remains to be seen.

Spurs will be hoping that Ben Davies recovers from his injury, however Dele Alli is still out. Spurs talisman Harry Kane played the whole 90 minutes against Burnley, so Pochettino may again look to go with Eriksen and Son playing around him. However Lucas Moura could be given the nod with his running ability with a view to getting behind Chelsea’s backline and stretching them on the flanks.

Punter's Pick

It is likely to be a fiery occasion at Stamford Bridge and we feel that the cards market could really be in play in this game. Bet365 are offering 4/5 on over 4.5 cards, and with the amount of pace and attacking talent on display, it is likely that this market will come in. Over 2.5 goals at 4/5 is also being offered by the same bookmaker, and with this materialising in all but one of their last six meetings, could provide great value for a game of this magnitude.

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