Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea Betting Tips & Predictions - Saturday 21st December 2019

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Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur lock horns in a tasty London derby in the Premier League on Wednesday night. With the pressure growing on Maurizio Sarri, the Blues could really do with all three points from this one. A win here would relieve a lot of pressure, restore some pride against London rivals and also keep them in the hunt for a top four finish. Meanwhile, Spurs will be hoping to hit back after their shock defeat at Turf Moor last weekend, with a win vital to maintain even their very slim hopes of challenging Liverpool and Man City.

With this one taking place at the Bridge, Chelsea are the slight 13/10 favourites to pick up the win. The Blues have been in patchy form of late, but they did give a good account of themselves in last Sunday’s Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City. Will the hosts seal a priceless three points, or can Mauricio Pochettino’s Lilywhites pile more pressure on Sarri and his men?

Top Tips

Chelsea to Win 2-1 @ 9/1

Gonzalo Higuain to Score Anytime @ 11/8

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Chelsea News: Good Effort in the Cup

Chelsea's Stamford Bridge Stadium from Behind Goal
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Chelsea were written off ahead of the Carabao Cup final, with many people predicting an easy win for Man City. Two weeks prior, the Blues were hit for six at the Etihad Stadium in a 6-0 Premier League loss. However, the west London outfit put in a brave performance at Wembley Stadium, taking the Premier League champions all the way to penalties and denying them any real chances over 120 minutes of football. Unfortunately for Sarri and his troops, Chelsea went on to lose 4-3 on spot kicks after a 0-0 draw in 120 minutes. Nevertheless, the performance was a huge step in the right direction, even if it was rather overshadowed by Kepa’s refusal to be substituted.

Three Defeats in Four in the Premier League

Chelsea’s top four hopes have been dealt a huge blow in recent weeks, as Sarri’s boys have lost three of their last four in the Premier League. After losing 2-0 at Arsenal, the Blues were thumped 4-0 at Bournemouth in what was one of the shock results of the season. Chelsea then beat Huddersfield Town 5-0 at home to paper over the cracks, before crashing to their heaviest ever Premier League defeat, losing 6-0 at Man City. Chelsea now find themselves in sixth place, three points behind fourth placed Arsenal, albeit with a game in hand over both the Gunners and Man United.

Defeat the End for Sarri?

Sarri is the bookies’ favourite for the chop, with Manuel Pellegrini having already been dispensed with by Leicester. The Italian is priced at just 1/4 to be the next manager to leave his post in the Premier League. Despite a strong start to his career in England, Chelsea’s recent results have been nowhere near good enough, and finishing in the top four would have been a minimum requirement at the start of the season. The Chelsea fans will really turn on their Italian boss if Tottenham win at the Bridge on Wednesday. Of course, looking on the bright side, a win could see them move into the top four.

Tottenham Hotspur News: Disappointing Defeat at Turf Moor

Tottenham Hotspur Manager Mauricio Pochettino
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Tottenham’s slim title hopes all but ended last weekend, as Pochettino’s troops were beaten 2-1 by Burnley at Turf Moor. Spurs were not at their best in Lancashire, falling behind to a Chris Wood header shortly after half time. Even though Harry Kane, who was making his first appearance after injury, levelled things up for Spurs, Ashley Barnes’ goal with seven minutes to go won the points for Sean Dyche’s Clarets. That was Tottenham’s seventh league defeat of the season and amazingly they are still yet to draw a single game after 27 fixtures.

Spurs Still Nailed on for a Top Four Finish

Tottenham’s title dreams may be hanging by a thread (at best), but the Lilywhites are pretty much nailed on to finish in the top four. Ahead of the midweek fixtures, Spurs are seven points above Arsenal, eight ahead of Manchester United and 10 in front of Chelsea. In such a competitive league, to finish in the UEFA Champions League places once again will be a massive achievement by the club, especially as they signed no new players back in the summer or in January. Tottenham are priced at just 1/7 to finish in the top four this term and those odds reflect a good campaign, especially given their meagre wage bill in comparison to the clubs around them.

Analysis: Home Side to Edge It

Fixtures between Chelsea and Tottenham are often spicy affairs, and there has not been a goalless draw in this meeting since November 2015. With both sides looking for all three points, this could go either way at Stamford Bridge. One goal could be enough to swing this one, and we fancy the home team to seal a narrow victory on their own patch.

Chelsea to Nick a Vital Three Points

When these two met in the Carabao Cup semi-finals last month, both legs were extremely tight affairs. Tottenham won 1-0 at Wembley Stadium while Chelsea returned the favour with a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge. The Blues went on to win on penalties and over the two legs that was probably a fair outcome. You can get the very generous price of 9/1 for Chelsea to win 2-1 on Wednesday and we think that is cracking value.

Higuain on the Scoresheet

Gonzalo Higuain, who was surprisingly left on the bench for Sunday’s League Cup final, has made a slow start to his Chelsea career, netting just twice in six league and cup appearances for the Blues. However, we fancy the prolific striker to get his name on the scoresheet in midweek, which is priced at 11/8.

Tight Fixture in West London

As we mentioned, this one could be another close matchup between Chelsea and Tottenham. Therefore, put a few quid on the hosts to win by exactly one goal at 3/1, a bet that gives you a little more leeway than the 2-1 correct score option.

Recent Matches

These two sides have already played each other three times this term, once in the league and twice in the EFL Cup. When the pair went head-to-head at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League last term, Dele Alli scored twice to help Spurs to a famous 3-1 win. That was Tottenham’s first league victory at Chelsea’s home for 28 years.

24th January 2019: Chelsea 2 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea found themselves 1-0 down ahead of the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final. However, a 2-1 victory for the Blues took the tie to penalties. Goals from N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard put the hosts 2-0 up before Fernando Llorente levelled the tie five minutes into the second half. Chelsea went on to win 4-2 on penalties at Stamford Bridge.

8th January 2019: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 0 Chelsea

The use of VAR did not help rid this game of controversy. The big issue arose when Kepa Arrizabalaga brought down Kane inside the box. Few disputed the foul but there were strong calls made for offside. TV viewers were shown an image of the striker level with the last man but an irritated Maurizio Sarri later found an angle that suggested otherwise. Kane received the benefit of the doubt from the officials and dispatched the resulting penalty in a game that produced few other talking points.

24th November 2018: Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 1 Chelsea

Spurs were rampant when Chelsea made the trip to the national stadium in the Premier League back in November. Strikes from Alli and Kane after just 16 minutes put the game beyond the Blues. Son added a third 10 minutes after half time, with Giroud pulling one back for the away team late on.

1st April 2018: Chelsea 1 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham won at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 28 years when these two London teams last went head-to-head. Alvaro Morata gave the Blues a 30th minute lead, but Christian Eriksen’s sublime strike on the stroke of half time levelled the game at the break. It was all about Alli in the second period, with the England man scoring twice to give the Lilywhites a rare and priceless win at the Bridge.

20th August 2017: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 2 Chelsea

At Wembley back in August of last season, Chelsea left with all three points thanks to a Marcos Alonso brace. The Spaniard put the away side in front on 24 minutes, but an own goal by Michy Batshuayi with eight minutes left gave Tottenham hope. Up stepped Alonso two minutes from time to grab his second of the game to give Chelsea a 2-1 win.

22nd April 2017: Chelsea 4 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur

The pair also squared off in an Emirates FA Cup semi-final back in April 2017. In a pulsating game at Wembley, goals from Willian (2), Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic were enough to give the Blues a 4-2 win in a six-goal thriller. In the Premier League that season, Chelsea won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge before Tottenham beat the Blues 2-0 at the Lane.

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