There is so much on the line when Tottenham hosts Chelsea in Thursday’s only Premier League match. Not only is it a London derby but the two teams are tied on points with Spurs just about edging their neighbours on goal difference.
Bookmakers are favoring Chelsea in this match. Read on to get our betting tips for this intriguing duel.
Tottenham have endured a tough week, no doubt. They lost their reliable skipper and goal-scoring machine Harry Kane to injury in the 3-1 loss to Liverpool. To add salt to injury, they subsequently lost the next game 1-0 to Brighton with Leandro Trossard getting the all-important goal for the Seagulls, a result was huge for their fight for survival in the league.
Spurs, who topped the table in December, have now won just two of their past nine league games and face an uphill battle to get back into the Champions League places. West Ham and Everton have thrown their hat in the ring in the battle for the coveted Champions League places which means there is little room for error for Mourinho and his charges.
A goalless stalemate against Wolverhampton was not the ideal start Tuchel was looking for in the ever-demanding coaching job at Chelsea but a 2-0 victory in the next fixture against Burnley did calm some nerves.
That said, these are hardly teams that can be used as a yardstick for the coach and the first real test awaits him here on his first away outing with Chelsea since the club parted ways with Frank Lampard.
With the race for top-four looking as close as it has been in a while and with new entrants expanding the field, every point will be absolutely critical from now to the end of the season.
It is difficult to see where the goals might come from in this game. Spurs have been overly reliant on the exploits of Harry Kane and have struggled whenever he is not on the starting lineup. He has scored or assisted in 23 or his side’s 34 league goals and therefore he will be sorely missed here. Chelsea defence has looked good in their two matches but their forwards are still flattering to deceive. Big-name summer signing Werner cannot kick a ball in the ocean at the moment and against the Spurs defence, nothing will come easy. With this in mind, we are backing Under 2.5 goals @ 1.74 with Bet9ja betting app as our first tip. With both teams under immense pressure to get back into the title race or at the very least compete for Champions League places, this game has all the ingredients of a fiery London derby. Tuchel’s preferred 3-4-2-1 formation against the Clarets saw them enjoying a whopping 71% of the possession. He may not have as much leeway here but we certainly think he will have the lion’s share of the possession against Mourinho who will be happy to sit back and try to hit them on the counter. Chelsea to win more corners in his game pays @1.50 with Bet9ja and we are snapping it up for our final call.
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