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

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Premier League Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur

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Sunday, December 22, 2019


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Punter's Pick

Chelsea’s best bet of getting anything from this game will be exposing Spurs’ sub par full packs through the pace and trickery of Willian and Christian Pulisic – either can be backed to score first at an appealing 9/1 with Bet365. Chelsea can also be backed to get a draw with the benefit of a +1 goal handicap at 7/2, again with Bet365.

The last of the Premier League weekend fixtures sees bitter London rivals Spurs and Chelsea go head to head, with one man in particular dominating the pre-match talk, as Jose Mourinho going head to head against the side he led to three Premier League titles.

Work to do for one of Mourinho’s graduates

Frank Lampard was a talented midfielder looking to make the next step up in his career when Mourinho first arrived at Chelsea, and the Blues legend flourished under his management to become one of the most feared midfielders in Europe. Via a stint at Derby County last season, the pupil comes up against the master for the first time, and it will be fascinating to see how he matches up against one of the most influential figures in his career.

Certainly the Blues legend has no time for sentiment, with four defeats in their last five league games allowing the likes of Spurs and Manchester United to move within striking distance of them in fourth place, giving Lampard plenty to ponder. His side can be hit and miss away from home as well, with five wins and three defeats to date, including losing away to both Manchester sides.

Un-Mourinho like Spurs continue to entertain

With just one clean sheet since the Portugese took over, there has been a distinct un-Mourinho feel to Spurs, with the usually conservative coach happy to deploy a quartet of Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, Son-Heung min and Dele Alli. That positive approach almost came unstuck last weekend against Wolves, with Spurs often outnumbered in midfield and being overrun by the home side, who should have been out of sight long before Jan Vertonghen headed an unlikely stoppage time winner home for the visitors. With Chelsea possessing an abundance of attacking talent, Mourinho will be all too aware that he will need to balance attack vs defence in order to avoid being overrun again by Chelsea’s midfield.

Team News

Ben Davies’ injury means last weekend’s match winner Jan Vertonghen will continue at left back, something which should interest Chelsea’s pacy wingers with the Belgium defender not as quick as he once was. Record signing Tanguy Ndombele is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench again unless Mourinho opts to drop one of his forwards in order to beef up his side in the middle of the park.

Chelsea will be again be without Fikayo Tomori with a hip injury, although his loss has recently been offset by the return of Anthony Rudiger from a long term knee injury. Callum Hudson-Odoi is pushing for a place in the starting XI given some of Chelsea’s recent toothless performances in attack.

Chelsea to create mini upset?

Despite the form of these two teams being at total opposites at this moment in time, Spurs under Mourinho have looked vulnerable at the back and the Blues certainly have the personnel to create problems for them. They will however need to work harder at being compact as a defensive unit, as exposing their full backs to one on one situations against the likes of Lucas Moura and Son-Heung min is a recipe for disaster which could cost them dearly. If they can get the defensive aspect right they can certainly spring a mini surprise and take home all three points back to Stamford Bridge.

Punter's Pick

Chelsea’s best bet of getting anything from this game will be exposing Spurs’ sub par full packs through the pace and trickery of Willian and Christian Pulisic – either can be backed to score first at an appealing 9/1 with Bet365. Chelsea can also be backed to get a draw with the benefit of a +1 goal handicap at 7/2, again with Bet365.

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