Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 25, 2019
Stamford Bridge - Premier League
The Stamford Bridge soap opera continues on Wednesday night as Chelsea host bitter rivals Tottenham in this midweek round of fixtures. The Blues lost the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City on Sunday, while Spurs also suffered a defeat at the weekend.
Chelsea got to the League Cup final thanks to a penalty shootout victory in the semi-finals against Spurs last month. Tottenham however eased to a 3-1 victory over their London rivals when the teams met in the league in November.
The big question for Chelsea is whether Maurizio Sarri starts his insubordinate goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga after the Carabao Cup debacle. The Italian boss only has injury worries with a number of reserve players ahead of this game, but could shake things up after his team went to 120 minutes and penalties on Sunday.
Harry Kane made his return from injury at the weekend, and we can expect him to start once again after he hit the back of the net in playing 90 minutes against Burnley. Dele Alli is still out though, while Eric Dier is missing due to a viral infection.
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Preview and Predictions
What a mess this has become at Chelsea. Everything seemed to have started so well, and it was only in December that the Blues were ending Manchester City’s unbeaten start to the season. In the couple of months since, it seems like Sarri is walking the managerial tightrope, and change could once again be afoot.
Although Chelsea were much improved at the weekend compared to their recent 6-0 mauling at the hands of City, the unbelievable scenes as Arrizabalaga refused to come off the pitch have brought even more scrutiny on Sarri - as if that was possible.
Whether it was a misunderstanding or not, it wasn’t a good look to see the manager threatening to storm away from the pitch while play was continuing. At least there’s good news for Chelsea in that the wind was well and truly taken out of Tottenham’s sails at the weekend.
Spurs were on a run of four successive wins, but fell to a late 2-1 defeat at Burnley, surely ruling them out of the title race. That perhaps makes this one tougher to predict, with Tottenham 23/10 to bounce back with a win. Chelsea are 13/10 to restore some pride by beating one of their biggest rivals, while the draw’s available at 5/2.
Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 10/3
The Blues showed plenty of improvement against City at the weekend and should’ve nicked it as they came on strong in the second half - that should give them confidence here.
Two-goal winning margin at 16/5
Prior to the recent League Cup double-header, four of the five most recent meetings between the sides saw a two-goal winning margin. Chelsea are 6/1 to win it by two goals, with Spurs 10/1 for the same bet.