Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 15, 2017
Wembley - Premier League
Champions Chelsea aren’t used to being underdogs but Antonio Conte’s men face a stern challenge against Tottenham. However they have a better record than Spurs at Tottenham’s temporary ‘home’ ground of Wembley and may well come out on top.
The sides met three times last season, Spurs inflicting a rare defeat on the Blues but with the home advantage of White Hart Lane. Chelsea came out on top in both games at Stamford Bridge including one in the FA Cup. Overall Chelsea clearly have 67 wins to Spurs’ 51, and there have been 40 draws.
Chelsea will be without Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas after their first day red cards and are expected to still be missing Eden Hazard, Baba Rahman and Tiemoue Bakayoko but with a squad strong enough to win the Premier League they have plenty of options, not least new man Alvaro Morata, who came off the bench to score on his league debut last weekend.
With Kieran Trippier injured and not having signed anyone, Spurs replaced the sold Kyle Walker at right-back with Kyle Walker-Peters from their academy. Clever stuff but Chelsea will be a sterner test for the youngster if he plays.
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea Preview and Predictions
First day shocks are nothing new in football and talk of a crisis at Chelsea after losing at home to Burnley while having two men sent off is ridiculous, even allowing for the rumours circulating about some players being unhappy and the fact they no longer have the influence of John Terry in the dressing room. Chelsea are champions for a reason and will look to show why. They are 58/19 to win with the odds on a draw of 13/5.
Chelsea have found trips to White Hart Lane amongst their most difficult in recent seasons but they won’t be going to White Hart Lane. Instead, with Spurs' home being transformed, the game is at Wembley, where Spurs have struggled when using it for home European games. Spurs are 21/20 for victory and they are a fabulous side with some of the best players in the country, but Harry Kane and Dele Alli will have to be at their best to get the better of the Blues.
Spurs rolled into gear as smoothly as a Rolls-Royce at St. James’ Park on the opening weekend providing the Championship champions with a reality check back with the big boys. But opposition doesn’t come any bigger than the reigning champions and Spurs' credentials will be tested.
The game to finish 1-1 at 13/2
Both sides will go for victory but they may cancel each other out. Neither attack is likely to be kept out and it could well end all square.
Chelsea to win 2-1 at 14/1
Good odds for champions with a point to prove against a team not playing at their home ground, even if that team is Tottenham.