Chelsea vs Spurs Betting Preview: Costa Absence Could Aid Visitors


TEAM NEWS

Chelsea’s Diego Costa is suspended and will be replaced by Loic Remy or Didier Drogba. Other than that, Chelsea are at full strength.

Tottenham welcome back Kyle Naughton after a two-match ban, but the game comes too early for Kyle Walker, who is closing on a return to first team action

Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino will make a late call on Emmanuel Adebayor, who is getting over a virus, but is likely to start with in-form Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado in attack.

Etienne Capoue and Danny Rose look set to miss out with minor injuries.

 

PREVIEW

Tottenham travel across London tonight looking to end the Premier League’s longest running hoodoo.

Spurs have endured 27 winless games at Stamford Bridge, a miserable run which stretches back to February 1990, when Gary Lineker scored the winner.

That game was played the day after Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Since then we’ve seen the invention of the world wide web, the release of the iPod and four different Presidents occupy the White House. 

But I digress. Tottenham can make it 28th time lucky tonight and their chances are boosted by the suspension of Diego Costa, who picked up his fifth booking of the season at Sunderland and serves a one-match ban.

Chelsea have struggled without their talisman leading the line, and while the stand-in candidates – Loic Remy and Didier Drogba – are more than able deputies, Chelsea lack some bite without Costa.

That will be music to the ears of the Spurs defence, which hasn’t kept a clean sheet on the road in the Premier League since the 1-0 opening day win at West Ham.

Spurs also come into the contest with renewed confidence following yet another comeback win, this time over Everton. An unexpected win for Spurs over Chelsea would put them just two points off fourth place.

Chelsea were below par at Sunderland and Spurs are on the up, so it may be a good time to back Spurs to get a point.

But a win looks too big of an ask against a Chelsea side who will ensure Hugo Lloris has a busy night, even without Costa.

 

SCORE PREDICTION

Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham at 9.00

BEST BET

Under 2.5 goals at 2.14