Premier League Betting: Tottenham v Chelsea - Fan v Fan Preview



Spurs perspective: Matthew Harris, TottenhamBlog.

Team news

Spurs could welcome back Benoit Assou-Ekotto but Jan Vertonghen has slotted in so comfortably at left back that Andre Villas-Boas may persist with the Belgian. Long term injury victims Scott Parker and Younes Kaboul continue to miss out while AVB has important decisions to make at opposite ends of the pitch. Hugo Lloris came in for Brad Friedel against Aston Villa and should retain his place while the coach may try to accommodate Emmanuel Adebayor, who has also returned to full fitness.

Form

We’re in good shape going into this match: since the opening day loss at Newcastle, we're undefeated in nine games in all competitions. The start of that run may have been unconvincing but the brilliant 3-2 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford suggests that the team is really coming together as a force under AVB.

Head-to-head

Spurs used to have a dismal record against Chelsea; until recently, we hadn’t beaten the Blues in the league for 19 years. However, after winning 2-1 at White Hart Lane in 2006-07, we haven’t lost at home in this fixture. That run includes two more wins but the last two home league fixtures against Chelsea have both ended in 1-1 draws.

Best bets

Both teams to score at 1.60. Only once has this failed to happen in this fixture since 2006-07.

Gareth Bale to score anytime at 3.70. Bale is hitting his best form and seems to save his better performances for the big teams.

A red card issued at 4.25. Our win in 2006 was aided by a John Terry sending off and this is an excellent price for a fixture in which discipline isn’t always impeccable.

Score prediction: Spurs 2-1 Chelsea (10.00)

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Chelsea perspective: Andy Seaby, Chelsea Daft.

Team news

Chelsea head into this London derby without John Terry, after he accepted the four game ban imposed on him by the FA. With Terry suspended, expect Gary Cahill to step into the breach to partner David Luiz at the heart of the defence. Ryan Bertrand and Frank Lampard withdrew from England duty last week with illness and injury and remain doubts while Danny Sturridge is expected to return to the squad after missing the last few weeks with injury. Otherwise, we look to have everyone else fit and ready to go. Juan Mata has had two weeks' rest, which could be key tomorrow.
 
Form

We've only dropped two points this season, and have picked up big wins against Newcastle at home and Arsenal away. The attacking three in midfield of Mata, Hazard and Oscar have taken Chelsea's play to a whole new level and these three will look to get on the ball and impose themselves on the game. Tottenham will have a hard time picking them up as they all play with great freedom.

Head-to-head

Chelsea are unbeaten in the last five games against Spurs but haven't won at White Hart Lane in their last six visits. It's seems the days of "Three point Lane" have become a memory, but with the way Chelsea are playing at the moment, we could be celebrating three points this weekend.

Best bets

Eden Hazard to score at 4.20. The midfielder has been slightly quiet since his stunning start, but is always a threat.

Fernando Torres first goalscorer at 7.50. The Spaniard is back in the goals and hungry for more. I can see him opening the scoring against Spurs.

Chelsea clean sheet at 3.90. Not an obvious pick, but I think we'll be dogged enough to frustrate Tottenham.

Score prediction: Spurs 0-2 Chelsea (16.00)

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