As Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur meet for the third time in as many weeks, their latest clash on Sunday, however, will be with Premier League spoils on the line.
Fresh from a 3-0 aggregate win in the Carabao Cup semi-final, Thomas Tuchel’s men will be seeking a January treble over their London rivals, but their hopes will be met with slight trepidation. Not least, because the Blues have dropped points in their last four top-flight games, seeing a total nine points slip away as Manchester City romp away towards retaining their league crown.
With 1-1 draws home and away to Brighton & Hove Albion of late, the Blues were also held by Liverpool earlier this month, before a one-goal loss to the Cityzens last weekend. Chelsea will be desperate for the win to get their campaign back on track.
The Lilywhites, meanwhile, are beginning to pick up steam under Antonio Conte. Since their shock Europa Conference League defeat to NS Mura in late November, Spurs have not lost a single game they have turned out for – the exception being their postponed game with Rennes due to COVID-19.
Buoyed by a late Steven Bergwijn brace at Leicester on Wednesday night, the north Londoners have won their last two league outings – both on the road – and will be seeking a trifecta here at Stamford Bridge. Even though Son Heung-min remains out, the big plus for Conte is the return to form of Harry Kane, who has netted three in the last four league games and together with Lucas Moura in attack, is causing problems for opposing defences.
Chelsea at 13/18 are fair favourites with SBK, but there is real value in a Spurs win. Conte, having been unable to get the best of his former employers at the first two times of asking will see a Premier League clash at the perfect opportunity to change the outcome
The visitors might look a little long at 17/4 with most bookies, but a win is not out of the question. The draw might be the best bet though. As mentioned, with Spurs’ league form and Chelsea’s lack thereof, a share of the points looks a strong chance at a best price of 16/5 with Bet365 and SpreadEx.
Sunday also looks a prime opportunity to jump on a goalscorer double. With Kane firing, Romelu Lukaku may not have scored in the league since December 29, but here, the Belgian will see more of the ball. Fancy a 10/1 with SkyBet? We thought you might. As individual scorers, both players carry decent odds to net first also, with Kane boosted to 6s and Lukaku at 5s, both with William Hill.
If Chelsea are still your fancy this weekend, it should be noted that the Blues have not conceded to Tottenham in their last five meetings, so could a to-nil win be on the cards? Accordingly, BoyleSports’ 7/2 boost is appealing for either a 1-0 or 2-0 Chelsea win. For a straight 2-0 win for Chelsea however, Betway’s 8/1 is equally worth consideration.
Finally, if we scour other Price Boosts available across various bookies, Bergwijn was on song late on at the King Power in midweek, and as very much a form player for both Spurs and former club PSV, a Bergwijn goal, coupled with a Spurs victory can be had at 16/1 with SkyBet for those a little more adventurous.
The Shots on Target market is also one to scout on Sunday also. Mason Mount has been quiet of late but will be looking to catch the eye. For the Englishman to have 1 SOT in 90 mins is 7/2 with PaddyPower – boosted from 14/5 – or 9/2 with Betway for 1 SOT in each half.